ARTery: An Art Space For All in Providence, RI

Max Van Pelt: Untitled (2012, courtesy of the artist)Max Van Pelt: Extraction (2012, courtesy of the artist)Max Van Pelt: On The Shooting Line (2012, courtesy of the artist)

For this week’s ARTery installment, where we talk with some of the region’s leading artists and critics about art that’s exciting them, we turn our attention to AS220, a community art space in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 was founded in 1985 by a collective of artists with a manifesto and budget of just $800, and it has since blossomed into a multifaceted home for uncensored, community-centered art.

AS220 now comprises several buildings in Providence, housing a music venue, gallery spaces, a darkroom, a print shop, a media arts lab, four dozen live/work studios, a full bar and restaurant, and much more. It’s one dynamic element of Providence’s growing arts scene.

On display now in AS220’s Project Space is the work of Maxwell Van Pelt, a Providence-based artist who makes vibrantly colored, architecturally inspired paintings and sculptures. Max will be speaking at AS220 tonight, August 29th, at 5:30 p.m. For details, click here.


Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence.

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