join us for a fun and free evening in downtown providence!

art bus tours leave from one regency plaza beginning at 5:30pm on thursday evening, 15 November!


Here's a guide to the most exciting art events, gallery openings, and art happening around Downtown Providence, and beyond. See below for information on current exhibitions at our member galleries!

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The Fleet Library @ RISD


Shared Languages

October 23 - January 20, 2019

Shared Languages presents works-in-process by artists, designers, architects, artisans, and makers from eight departments at RISD and five Moroccan artisan studios at the Centre de Formation et Qualification des Métiers de l’Artisanat Al Batha (CFQMA), Fés. These works were realized through two studio courses situated on RISD’s campus and at the CQFMA, Fés during Wintersession and Spring 2018. During this immersive exchange, participants worked side-by-side with a variety of materials and techniques—plaster, zellige, pottery, textiles, wood painting, and metal works—in both producing and exploring the value of handicrafts as a form of global cultural heritage.

These works reflect a conversation RISD and partners in Morocco have begun across linguistic, social, cultural, and canonical borders and boundaries. The studios they emerged from are part of Crafting the City, a two-year pilot initiative between RISD and Moroccan partners that investigates craft know-how as it manifests in Morocco’s fluid and intersecting urban built environment. Like the works shown here, the project is very much in motion, following like the Islamic city itself multiple lines and alighting on various points—all toward achieving shared goals for sustaining cultures of making.

The Fleet Library at RISD is located at 15 Westminster Street in Providence;  for library hours see the website: https://library.risd.edu/.

Co-curators: Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Gwen Farrelly, and Mark Moscone

Exhibition Design: Wes Sanders (INTAR, 19)

Graphic Identity: Angela Lorenzo (GD, 18)

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what is gallery night?

On the third Thursday of every month, from March through November,  eighteen of the city's hottest "art spots" open their doors for a visual arts party.

You can take a free guided Art Bus tour or choose your own itinerary, walking or driving to the galleries of your choice. 

Visit all the galleries that interest and intrigue you. Every gallery and museum is FREE on Gallery Night.

Printable Gallery Map →


take the free art bus (5 tours each gallery night)

Guided bus tours leave every 20 minutes, 5:30–7:00. Each tour visits 4 galleries and runs about 2 hours in length.

Experienced Gallery Night guides and celebrity guides lead the tours. Mix and mingle with artists, art collectors, curators, designers and academics as they share their thoughts and enthusiasm about Providence's rich artistic community.

This Month's Guided Art Bus Tours →


what to expect

Watch glass blowers at work, discover folk art from around the world, talk with painters and photographers and meet new and interesting people. Each gallery offers a unique art experience with changing exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists. Start your own collection and support the local economy with a one-of-a-kind gift of art. Fine art purchases are tax-free in RI.

park free

Park free at any of the convenient lots located throughout the city. The enclosed map notes lot locations. There is limited free parking available at One Regency Plaza, located at the end of Greene Street, second lot on the left between Fountain and Sabin Streets.

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