Providence City Hall Galleries
The Main Gallery at Providence City Hall was created to showcase the work of local artists. It is open to the public during City Hall business hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and is located on the second floor.
Offering space to artists and organizations that might not have a permanent gallery, the Main Gallery at City Hall exhibits an eclectic array of work that highlights the artistic and cultural diversity found in the Providence community.
MAYOR ELORZA'S COMMUNITY GALLERY
Mayor Elorza's Community Gallery, in the Tax Collector's Office (Room 203), is a space within City Hall dedicated to Providence community groups and nonprofit organizations using arts and cultural programming as an expression of their core values.
Mayor Elorza's Community Gallery showcases artwork created as a way to deepen the public's understanding of important social issues and as expressions of community healing, and works created by students of all ages.
ART LEAGUE OF RI POCKET GALLERY
The City of Providence and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza have partnered with the Art League of Rhode Island (ALRI) to transform an administrative office area in Providence City Hall into a gallery space which showcases the work of ALRI elected members.
The gallery space, located outside of Mayor Elorza's office, is rotated on a bi-annual basis. Part of ALRI's mission is to provide a venue for the growth and encouragement of artists and to promote high standards in the visual arts.
March Press Release
Dear You: Intimate New Works By DeadZest, BRIANLY and Belinda Phivilay
March 21, 2019 through May 13, 2019.
March 21, 2019 Opening Reception between 4:30pm and 6:30pm
Dear You, curated by Paris Paris, showcases three Rhode Island artists who examine interior moments from their lives to open up conversations about happiness, sadness, love and tragedy. DeadZest, BRIANLY and Belinda Phivilay do not attempt to hide and isolate that which inspires them. Instead they create beauty from their feelings of vulnerability to foster dialogue with their audiences.
DeadZest loves letters. Showcasing his passion for hand painted signs from a bygone era, he uses the medium of text to explore the space between silence and sound. In other words, he explores the possibilities of communication, or lack thereof. Influenced by graffiti, classic cinema and the silent symphony, DeadZest's letters whisper and shout.
BRIANLY depicts psychedelic voids that are safe enough for viewers to imagine themselves walking into. His recent paintings take the worlds he inhabits and mashes them into abstract shapes, leaving the bare essence of their identities alive. Some of these worlds dissolve in on themselves, offering a stark contrast to the realism of BRIANLY's photographic work, which celebrates differences of color, geometry, and scale.
Belinda Phivilay makes no secret that she has struggled with mental health disorders and been subjected to violence. The friends that caught her when she was at her lowest are the backbone supporting "face(s) of PVD." Phivilay designed the platform, grounded in photographic portraiture, to honestly represent the Black and brown individuals/communities in her community. Her work creates spaces and platforms of support to help the cities residents see the ways they are interconnected.