The Block Island Times

Sean and Leslie Hartnett chosen for Airport Gallery

Selected among 120 submissions from RISCA
By Kari Curtis | Dec 02, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis A group of individuals, including, at left, Elizabeth Keithline of Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and (with their backs to us) Christine Grele, Jon Campbell, and Marilyn Bogdanffy, and, standing, Pereuko Ccopacatty, debate the merits of particular artist. Molly Dickinson, curator of the Block Island Airport Gallery, is seated at the back.

Block Island artists Sean and Leslie Hartnett were two of the artists selected to display art at the Block Island Airport Gallery in 2014. Other Rhode Island artists chosen, at a gathering at the Island Free Library on Thursday, Nov. 21, were Linnea Lemming, Ernest Jolicoeur and Robert Levoie.

Two alternates, Jonathan McPhillips and Barbara Green, were also chosen as part of an ongoing project sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council On the Arts (RISCA) to promote local artists. Also selected by a previous panel for exhibition in 2014 is artist Phil Shaw.

Elizabeth Keithline, from RISCA, and Molly Kuglar Dickinson, administrator of the B.I. Airport Gallery, met with a panel of local judges at the library. Images of the artwork was displayed on a large TV screen and then judged.

The judges were Pereuko Ccopacatty, a sculptor who lived on the island from the mid 1980’s to 2000; Jon Campbell, a self-sustained artist who has long ties to the island; Christine Grele, a former art teacher at Landmark College and present director at the Block Island Early Learning Center, and Marilyn Bogdanffy, an island artist who has her artwork on permanent display at the airport.

“These decisions are dictated by the community, RISCA never chooses the work, the panel does,” Keithline said, and thanked each judge for their participation.

A call for artists went out in July and interested candidates that applied were asked to provide images of their work by Oct. 1, 2013. More than 120 artists submitted work. All media was considered.

The Airport Galleries are a partnership between RISCA and the R.I. Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in the state. The work chosen for the Block Island Airport Gallery will be seen by an ever-changing audience of travelers through the airport.

Panelists had the opportunity to review the top applicants and give their opinions on what they would like to see on display at the airport. They said they wanted something that “stands out,” catching the eye of the people who travel in and out of the space on a year-round basis.

Each of the four artists will have a solo show for one quarter of 2014. They will also receive a $100 stipend for participating in the program.

Keithline also thanked the Island Free Library for the use of the space for the meeting.

The new artwork will be displayed after the New Year at a date yet to be determined.

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