Art Providence Show artists could win one of six awards of excellence

(PROVIDENCE - November 25, 2018) - The Art Providence Holiday Show announced today it will recognize artistic excellence through six awards to be granted at the end of the show’s first day, Saturday, December 8.

Three experienced judges, each with a keen eye for talent, technical skill and innovation, will walk the floor and browse nearly 200 booths to determine who deserves top honors in one of three categories:

Award of Artistic Excellence - Three recipients in three different categories will receive this award, which is based on technical skill, use of materials, innovation and overall impact of the work.

Best Booth Presentation - Two artists will receive this award based on their booth’s aesthetics, functionality for shoppers and quality of work.

Best Emerging Artist - One Early Stage Artist Program artist will receive this award, using the same criteria as described above.

Among the judges are a RISD alumna whose paintings appear in galleries throughout the Northeast, a sculptural artist whose work is permanently installed at the RISD Museum and a curator whose holistic approach consistently puts her museum’s exhibits on the must-see list.

The 2018 Artistic Excellence Award judges are:

Marjorie Hellman, artist and educator

Marjorie Hellman studied painting at RISD (BFA, ’71), spent a year in the graduate painting program and Cranbrook Academy of Art, and received an MFA from Syracuse University. She lived for more than 25 years in upstate New York teaching studio art on the college level and exhibiting her work in museums and galleries throughout the Northeast. Since 2012, she has lived in Rhode Island, where her studio practice and exhibition opportunities continue. Until January 19, 2019, her solo show Night into Daycan be seen at ArtProv Gallery in Providence’s Jewelry District.


Beth McLaughlin, curator

Beth McLaughlin is the Chief Curator of Exhibits and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. Her comprehensive view of contemporary craft hinges on her belief that technical skill and innovative use of material are only parts of the equation when it comes to evaluating work. The intent, meaning and transformational potential of that work is just as important and in fact, fundamental to understanding the piece as a whole. Her curatorial work at Fuller Craft Museum reflects this holistic approach, and is a part of what makes the institution one of the best in its field.


Lisa Perez, artist

Lisa Perez makes abstract sculptural paintings, objects and works on paper that investigate attention, perception, and spatial dimension. Perez received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Headlands Center for the arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum, Newport Art Museum, and the Fidelity Investment Corporation Collection, as well as collections. Her work has been exhibited locally at the RISD Museum, David Winton Bell Gallery, and the Chazan Gallery. She has also exhibited work nationally at venues such as the Drawing Center in NYC, Emerson Dorsch Gallery and SCOPE, Miami.

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Laura Burkett