To be eligible artists must be residents of Rhode
Island and have a disability. The Americans With Disabilities
Act (ADA) defines a disability as a physical or mental
impairment that substantially limits a major life
must be original: Art reproduced from other
artist’s work, advertisements, widely circulated
photographs or offset prints are not considered original
works of art. Printed copies, either black and white
or color xerox, including computer-generated prints
or pre-programmed software are not considered original.
All works must be attributable to the displaying
completed since acquiring a disability, produced
within the last 2 years and cannot have been previously
with VSA arts RI.
Media eligible for consideration include oils, acrylics,
felt tip pen, tempera paint, watercolor, collage,
pastels, airbrush and charcoal. Quilts, weaving and
other traditional craft techniques are also welcome.
Sculptural works are eligible if accompanied by a
pedestal for display. Computer art must be original
in concept, design, and execution. The products of
molds, pre-programmed software or clip art files are
not eligible. When listing media on entry form please
include surface material (i.e. acrylic on paper).
All work chosen for exhibit must be framed. Framing
should be a wall style gallery frame and ready to
hang, with all wire and hardware in place. Tabletop
display frames with easel backs are not acceptable.
Work on stretched canvas need not be framed, but must
be wired for hanging. Framing and hardware costs are
the responsibility of the artist.
of Work for Display: While VSA arts RI
is committed to the protection of artistic freedom
in the creation and exhibition of art, funding for
our Exhibition Program comes from numerous sources,
including government agencies. Additionally, many
of our exhibit locations are public spaces and not
private galleries where the exhibition of any work
would not be questioned. We therefore need to exercise
a great deal of discretion regarding the presentation
of works that contain nudity, or which touch on racial,
ethnic or political issues. Artists are asked to exercise
suitable discretion in the choice of works submitted
for display. If an artist wants to exhibit work that
is more challenging, we will attempt to locate an
alternate exhibition possibility for them.
Exhibits will strive to represent the broad artistic
and geographical diversity of artists with disabilities
living throughout Rhode Island. Submissions are juried
by a selected VSA Arts RI advisory panel of artists
prior to each individual exhibit.
Receptions: Each exhibition will have it’s
own opening reception. Exhibiting artists will receive
written invitations containing detailed information
after exhibition dates have been established.
VSA arts RI will take normal precautions to assure
the safety of artworks, but will not be liable for
loss or damage to the art during transport, display
or storage. The security of the artwork is provided
for as part of the individual exhibition sites responsibility
for their buildings. In order to qualify, the artist
must provide an estimated value for each work. Please
list the value (up to $1000) on your entry form, even
if the work is not for sale. The work will be examined
upon installation and de-installation to record the
condition of each work.
Please contact us for exhibit entry form & more details.