Art Providence Show returns to RI Convention Center

(PROVIDENCE – October 1, 2018) - The Art Providence Holiday Show will return to the Rhode Island Convention Center and feature nearly 200 local and national artists December 8-9, 2018. Now in its second year, this premier art, craft and design show replaces the RISD Almuni Holiday Sale held for over 20 years to support alumni artists by providing a coveted opportunity to sell their work. 

“Each year, Rhode Island artists generate millions of dollars in economic activity that benefits cities and towns across our state,” said Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline, who shopped last year’s show with enthusiasm. “Featuring incredible work created by some of our state’s leading artists, the Art Providence Holiday Show has established itself as a critical part of Rhode Island’s arts community.“ 

Following a successful 2017 show, Art Providence Holiday was honored with a Providence Ambassadors Award by GoProvidence and the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) for continuing the legacy of RISD’s annual sale and driving business to the Ocean State. 

Laura Burkett, a designer and maker herself with a line of leather bags and accessories, took over the show in March of 2017 under the umbrella of her marketing company, ArtSmart Productions. A former marketing professional in the corporate space, Burkett was pleased to see the transition year make an impact, prompting her decision to return to downtown. 

“I know firsthand how much artists appreciate a show that works, and we are off to a good start,” said Burkett, a Kentucky native who has lived in Rhode Island for nine years and established Laura Burkett Designs leather studio in Pawtucket two years ago. “The line-up of artists for this year's show represents tremendous talent and technical skill, all selected by our knowledgeable, experienced panel of jurors.“ 

Jurors for this year’s applicants included Boris Bally (CEO Bally Humanufactured, LLC), Marthe Le Van (Curator and Owner, Mora Designer Jewelry), Beth McLaughlin (Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum) and Anais Missakian (Professor and Head of Textiles Department, RISD). 

“Our ultimate goal at Art Providence Holiday is to match the artist with the customer,” added Burkett. “The state’s most discerning shoppers for fine art, craft, and design should mark their calendars.” 

The 2018 Art Providence Holiday Show will be open on Saturday, December 8 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, December 9 from 11 am – 5 pm. Tickets are $8.50 at the door. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. For marketing partnership and VIP hospitality details, contact Burkett directly. 

“I can’t wait to attend and shop it again,” said Cicilline. 

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About ArtSmart Productions
Led by Executive Director and Providence-based artisan Laura Burkett of Laura Burkett Designs (, ArtSmart Productions is a creative team of marketing professionals whose passion for showcasing and supporting art, craft and design inspired the Art Providence Holiday Show. With over 50 years of combined experience in business development, marketing, communications, PR, graphic design, video production and creative writing, ArtSmart Productions aims to create new opportunities for artists and artisans to actively sell their work, making it more routinely accessible to the public for purchase and appreciation. To learn more about ArtSmart Productions and the Art Providence Holiday Show, please log on to  

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