Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts


RICPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, publications, education, and mutual support. We strive to advance our members’ careers, strengthen the appreciation of photo-based media, and foster dialogue around innovation in the arts.

Our talented member artists come from both the local Providence area and far beyond. RICPA is non-profit organization led by dedicated volunteers. We run a full calendar of professional workshops, juried, group, and individual artist exhibits, member salons, and other activities. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

RICPA is located in the Russell House (built in 1772) in downtown Providence, around the corner from the Providence Art Club and across the street from Mill’s Tavern. 

Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts
118 North Main Street, 2nd floor
Providence, RI 02903



Hours: Thursday and Friday, 1-4pm; Saturday, 1-6pm; and by appointment

September press release

September Exhibition: A Focus on Members

Exhibition: Thursday, September 19th, thru Friday, October 11th, 2019

Opening Reception and Awards: September 19th, 2019 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Our 7th International Call for Entries has been jurried by Neal Rantoul. Neal was charged with bringing the over 700 entries down to a selection of 75 works to fill our galleries with a single exhibition to showcase current photographic practice.

The work in this exhibition was selected from an international call for entries to present a survey of current photographic practice. We are excited to be presenting this international showcase for contemporary photography bringing the work of so many new photographers to Providence. The Call brought in over 700 entries with 66 photographers being selected from 21 States, and three countries to be a part of our 7th Open Call Exhibition. We provide this annual platform to bring in new work, providing exhibition opportunities for new and up and coming photographers and established photographers alike.

About our Juror: Neal Rantoul, an active member of the photographic community teaching workshops, sitting portfolio reviews having previously served on the boards of the PRC in Boston and the Griffin Museum of photography in Winchester among others. Neal was head of the Photo Program at Northeastern University in Boston and previously taught at Harvard University. Neal now devotes his efforts full time to making new work and actively exhibiting his works. Neal has published a number of books with more on the way https://www.nealrantoul.com/

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