What is Gallery Night Providence?

    Debra Folz, Contemporary Fiber Artist
    Installation of Braided Process
    at Bert Gallery at Corliss Landing


    See what’s new this month!

    Photo : GRIN Gallery


    Gallery Night goers learn
    about glass crafting at Studio Hop
    Photo by Eric Gould


    How to do Gallery Night Providence!


Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors.  This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence.

 Starting with nine determined galleries in 1996, Gallery Night Providence has grown into a regional visual arts extravaganza. Art buses travel the neighborhoods of Providence letting people on and off at galleries, museums and historic sites. Over 10,000 people each year enjoy exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, live music and performances. The 18-year old organization works to introduce and develop relationships between local creative communities, new and old. Take a guided tour or visit the galleries on your own. Enjoy wine and cheese, listen to music and experience the wonderful art Providence has to offer.


How to!

How to do Gallery Night? Start from Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and traveling to 24 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites. Guided tours begin at 5:20 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 7pm. Whether you take one of our free bus tours , drive, bike or walk – you’re bound to have a wonderful art-filled evening!


Theme-dedicated bus tours leave at 5:20, 5:40, 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, and 7:00 pm. Tours stop at approximately 4 galleries each and run about 2 hours. Parking is free at our central location at One Regency Plaza


Stop at our information center at One Regency Plaza and learn about the evening’s exhibitions. Choose the exhibits that interest you the most and drive directly to the galleries of your choice.


Park free at any one of the many parking lots situated conveniently throughout the city and stroll from gallery to gallery, enjoying the Providence skyline and the historic city streets. Use the brochure maps to discover all the artistic amenities within walking distance.





Please join us on September 18, 2014: 5 to 9pm, as our 18th season continues!



Support a Living Artist!

VOTE FOR ART: Gallery Night Providence is excited to introduce our latest initiative, the “Vote for Art” program. The “Vote for Art” program is a contest that awards cash prizes to living, contemporary artists exhibiting at any one of the twenty-four Gallery Night venues.


Three Months of VOTING – One Artist Per Month!

This program will run from August through October of 2014. Each of these months, Gallery Night venues will select up to 10 pieces of art to enter into the “Vote for Art” competition. The public will then be able to vote, both online and in person, for their favorite artwork. One winner will be selected per month, with prizes awarded on the following Gallery Night.

Sustaining the CREATIVE Capitol

The “Vote for Art” prize seeks to build on the foundation of cultural tourism in Providence that Gallery Night continues to build and support, drawing visitors from all over the world and celebrating our local and international arts community.


 Long Range Plan

We are thrilled to bring this contest to our community and anticipate expanding our vision in the years to come!




Gallery Night Providence Tours start from the Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and travel to 24 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites. Guided tours begin at 5:20 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 7pm.


Please join us in welcoming these new galleries to our organization this year:
Adirah, ArtProv, Cate Charles Gallery, and Dryden Gallery at Providence Picture Frame!

Enjoy being guided through the Creative Capitol!



Linda Kushner, Collector
Kerry Murphy, Artist and Art Educator
Jason Tranchida, Graphic Designer and Publisher of Headmaster Magazine



Meet everyday art lovers who love to collect.

September 18 – Celebrity Guide – Linda Kushner

Surrounding themselves with the art they love, collectors dive in head first, visiting galleries and artists’ studios. Listen as they tell stories of their collecting adventures and personal discoveries. Catch their enthusiasm about the art they discover and the artists they meet.  Start your own collection – Gallery Night will give you a small print by Rhode Island artist Anthony Tomaselli for free. Linda Kushner will be leading the collector’s tour.

Start your own collection – Gallery Night goers attending the Collector’s Tour will receive a small print
by Rhode Island artist Anthony Tomaselli for free.

Anthony Tomaselli - Reflecting Providence - This month's Collectors' Print


What’s New on the Walls this Month

Windows on Architecture Gallery  (AIAri)

 Anthony Tomaselli Paintings
(Anthony Tomaselli : Painter)

 Works by Vibha Nanda  (ArtProv Gallery)

“Paintings of Rebecca Flores”
(Bank RI Gallery)

perspectives | translations | refractions
((Chazan Gallery))

Audible Spaces: Zarouhie Abdalian, and [The User]
(David Winton Bell Gallery)

  Bob Walters and Harley Bartlett
(Dryden Gallery)

 Marjorie Ball, Kenneth MacDonald, & Robin Halpren-Ruder
(Galleries of the Providence Art Club)

 Photographic Odysseys & Escapades by Larry Sykes  (Gallery Z/Studio Z)

 “Making/Unmaking” Charlie Smith (GRIN)

Deborah Baronas  (Krause Gallery)

European Landscapes  (Joan McConaghy : Painter)

 A Fair Trade Affair
(The Peaceable Kingdom)

 What Nerve
(The RISD Museum of Art)

(Sandra DeSano Pezzullo / DeSano Studio Fine Art)

 John Irwin  (Studio Hop)

 Guantanamo Public Memory Project 2014  (URI)

Closed for Sept 18 Gallery Night

Chazan Gallery, Krause Gallery, Galleries of the Providence Art Club, Providence College Galleries, Royal Gallery


With twenty four galleries opening their doors each month, there is so much to see!

Contemporary, traditional, artisan or museum! We’ve got it all. Take a peek at our members to get a taste for what we offer!

Celebrity Guides

Gallery Night offers free, carefully curated guided tours every third Thursday from March to November.

Special guests guiding this month’s tours!

  • celeb_kerrymurphy5

    Kerry Murphy leads 6:20 Contemporary Art + Design Tour

    KERRY MURPHY is an artist and art educator in the Johnston Public School system.   After teaching for three years at the elementary level, she transferred to Johnston Senior High School where she co-chairs the Fine Arts Department. Mrs. Murphy received her BFA from the University of Rhode Island and her MAT in AE from Rhode Island College. For 16 years she has embedded art history, art criticism, and aesthetics, in her studio teaching. She devotes time to facilitating professional development in art integration and personalization as well as to her new position as yearbook adviser, striving to cultivate an appreciation for design in her staff.

    Mrs. Murphy traveled to multiple National Art Education Association Conferences and studied as a RI Foundation Fellow at the National Gallery of Art. She taught in the afterschool program at the Museum of Art, RISD. Inspired by those experiences, she seeks opportunities for her students to study art from original art objects through Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ grant program, Arts Talk. Acquired funding provides her students with opportunities to experience the best of local art institutions, including RISD, Trinity Repertory Company, Ten31 Productions, and Big Nazo Labs!

    Serving on the JPS Art Curriculum Alignment Committee, the Johnston Federation of Teachers’ board as a union representative, and the JHS School Improvement Team, keeps her involved in decision-making outside her classroom walls. In addition to practicing art and art education, she volunteers as a member of the board of Gallery Night Providence to advocate for the arts on a larger scale. As GN Fundraising Committee Chair, she organizes the annual gala to assist in making Gallery Night events possible.

    Kerry Murphy resides with her husband, Matthew Murphy, in North Providence, and enjoys sharing her love of art with their two daughters, MaryFrancis, a recent RIC graduate, and Katherine, a student at URI.

  • celeb_jasontranchida

    Jason Tranchida to lead Gallery Night Tour

    JASON TRANCHIDA is a designer and artist based in Providence RI. In 2002, he launched LLAMA product, an inter-disciplinary practice offering graphic design, branding, exhibit and set design, event planning, and small scale architectural projects. Jason is also co-founder and creative director of Headmaster, the biannual art magazine for man-lovers. Now on its seventh issue, Headmaster is an assignment-based print publication that challenges artists to investigate themes of masculinity and sexuality. Jason is a graduate of Pratt Institute (MFA, Sculpture) and the University of Michigan (Architecture).

  • celeb_lindakushner

    Linda Kushner Leads 5:20 Collectors Tour

    Although I am better known in Rhode Island for my work in law and politics, and most recently for founding the Providence Community Library, my childhood in Baltimore, Maryland was centered in the arts. I studied both piano and modern dance. Dance was my passion. I even studied for the two summers at Connecticut College with Martha Graham and members of her company. But the lodestone of my existence was my parents’ interest in art. Although poor when they started, they were passionate collectors. Starting small, in the 1940s and trading in as they went along, they built in the 50s and 60s a marvelous collection of Cubist and Abstract Expressionist paintings (The Selma and Israel Rosen Collection.) Picassos, Legers, Mondrian, Klees, Pollocks and DeKoonings and other masters hung on our walls. Conversations exploring the strength of various paintings and the ideas of art experts like Alfred Barr of MOMA and art critic Clement Greenberg dominated dinner table conversations. This influence was so strong that when I went to college I majored in art history writing my senior thesis on abstract expressionist art. (Brandeis 1960).

    I planned to be an art critic. But romance -my marriage to Harold Kushner, the logistics of his career and the birth of our daughters Diana and Nina intervened and I became a teacher instead. In the 70’s I went to law school (Boston University JDD) and began practicing law in Providence. In 1982 I successfully ran for the Rhode Island General Assembly and served 6 terms as the Representative of District 4 the East Side.) In 1994 I was the Democratic candidate for the US. Senate but lost the race.

    After retiring from politics, I again became busy in the community. I worked with others to make the Providence Public Library (PPL) more responsive to community needs. But in 2009, when PPL announced they were closing five branches. I co-founded the Providence Community Library (PCL) which took over running all nine neighborhood libraries in Providence.

    Traveling, the libraries, playing with our grandchildren, and selling fruits and veggies at my daughter Diana’s stand at the Hope Street Farmer’s Market now happily fill my time. I look forward to meeting with you and returning to the experiences of my art-filled childhood.


  • president


    Dalila Alves, a veteran member of Gallery Night Providence, joins us as President for the 2014 season.



    Ida Schmulowitz is a painter based in Providence, Rhode Island who creates large scale paintings of urban landscapes.

  • secretary


    Deborah Clemons is the assistant educator of public programs at the RISD Museum

  • uri_steven


    Steven Pennell is the URI Providence Campus Coordinator of Urban Arts and Culture.