Interlace Grant Fund is proud to announce the inaugural nine recipients of Project Grants for visual arts projects produced and presented in Providence. The grants, totaling more than $50,000, support new and experimental work by local artists who have visions for projects that might otherwise fall outside of traditional arts funding opportunities. Grantees range from unincorporated groups of collaborating artists to artists whose work facilitates unique engagements with various contexts and publics.
“We are thrilled to support these artists’ visions for creating adventurous and timely artwork in our city,” said Jamilee Lacy, Director and Chief Curator at Providence College Galleries, which co-founded and administers Interlace with Dirt Palace Public Projects. “We are grateful to our first cohort of grantees, to the nearly 60 artists and artist collaborators who applied, our thoughtful jury panel, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of this initiative. There is an incredibly vibrant artist community in Providence, and we look forward to seeing how the awarded artists’ projects benefit the arts community and audiences alike.”
Interlace will celebrate its inaugural grantees at an awards ceremony held at Providence College’s Smith Center for the Arts at 5:30pm on January 24, 2022. Learn more about grantees, projects and the awards ceremony in the text that follows.
Awarded Artists & Projects
I built you a house of mud so that we could see each other again
A series of community art events for collective healing and mourning for Providence’s Asian American diaspora.
Binch Press 2022 CSA (Community Supported Artwork)
A series of bundled publications and artworks curated, designed, and printed by Binch Press,showcasing works by QT/BIPoC Artists. The CSA is available to the community via a sliding scale
Nyum Lang: An Offering for Yin
A risograph-printed art book—featuring stories, recipes, drawings, and photographs—made in honor of the artist’s ancestors, both living and dead.
Haus of Glitter
The Haus Will Be Red: The Curse of Esek Hopkins
Art exhibition for The Haus of Glitter that displays the group’s experience investigating and negotiating their internal, relational, ideological, communal, and institutional healing and liberation while living and working in the former home of Esek Hopkins, commander of the slave ship “Sally.”
Print project, art exhibition, and community conversation focused on how the industry of slavery laid the blueprint for drug crimes, illicit economies, substance use disorder, and mass incarceration in Black communities.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
A multimedia installation featuring a penny press, letterpress postcards, and large-scale silkscreen prints created in the style of Works Progress Administration (WPA) travel posters featuring Japanese-American incarceration camp sites.
Mariana Ramos Ortiz
A semi-permanent sand piece that incorporates sculpture, installation and printmaking to continue a discussion surrounding visibility and invisibility, especially as they affirm the greater Caribbean as a site of resistance.
Que Dulce PVD: A Revolutionary Queer Dance Party by QTBIPOC for QTBIPOC
QTBIPOC-driven dance party where community, music, and the visual arts intersect, challenging the perspectives and values of the “party” scene.
About Interlace Grant Fund
Interlace Grant Fund was cofounded in 2020 by Dirt Palace Public Projects and Providence College Galleries as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program. Interlace supports Providence-area visual artists by providing grants and resources directly to
artists. Interlace additionally strives to be responsive to artists’ needs, facilitate unconventional collaborations, and advocate for stronger relationships among artists and between artists and audiences. In this spirit, Interlace commits to responsive support for artists and advocates for unconventional collaborations that expand audiences, create fresh outcomes, and inspire an enriched trans-disciplinary discourse.
Jori Ketten is Program Manager for Interlace.
Visit Interlace’s website at interlacefund.org
About Dirt Palace Public Projects
Dirt Palace Public Projects [DPPP] is the not-for-profit umbrella for various arts programs and projects, including Dirt Palace, a feminist artist-run space founded in 2000 in an abandoned library building in the commercial corridor of Olneyville in Providence. DPPP’s mission is to enhance the cultural life of Providence by creating visibility for feminist artists and people historically marginalized within the arts. DPPP offers artist residencies, affordable studio space, facilities, shared resources, opportunities, a culture of cooperation, and maintains visibility in the community through a committed public arts presence and long-term relationships.
Xander Marro and Pippi Zornoza, DPPP Co-Directors, are Co-Founders and Administrators of Interlace.
Visit DPPP’s website at dirtpalace.org
About Providence College Galleries
Providence College Galleries [PCG] presents the art and artists of our time. PCG showcases contemporary art to advance Providence College’s mission to cultivate “aesthetic appreciation, and understanding of the natural world, other cultures, and diverse traditions” while promoting “the common good and service of neighbors near and far.” PCG’s activities include collecting
and commissioning art, organizing exhibitions and public art displays, publishing texts, hosting artist residencies, presenting public programs and events, and advocating for local artists and arts communities.
Jamilee Lacy, PCG Director & Chief Curator, and Kate McNamara, PCG Curator at Large, are Co-Founders and Administrators of Interlace. Visit PCG’s website at pcgalleries.providence.edu