Umberto (Bert) Crenca is a visual artist, performance artist, and musician with a long exhibition and performance history. Best known for being co-founder and longtime artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit center for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island, Bert is a passionate advocate of the conviction that all people should have access to the means to cultivate and express their creativity. As such he has served on several public boards and committees and is a dedicated educator who developed a program for underserved youth at AS220 and co-teaches a course on art activism at Roger Williams University. He has received many honors and awards for his community work and holds honorary doctorates from Roger Williams University and Brown University.
Having recently stepped away from daily involvement in AS220, Bert now maintains a full time artistic practice. His work is currently on display at 4 different locations in downtown Providence, including a public mural on Weybosset Street, commissioned by The Avenue Project (2017-2018), and work from his large scale drawing series, “Types”, currently on display in the windows at 1 Union Square and 44 Washington Street. A series of paintings entitled “Fever Dreams” can be seen at Nico Bella’s Restaurant at 10 Dorrance Street. Bert’s work appears in the permanent collections of the RISD and Newport Art Museums and in numerous private collections. He is a resident of Providence, where he maintains a studio and exhibition space with his wife, Susan Clausen, a visual artist and musician.