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Year of the City: The Providence Project is an unprecedented year-long exploration of the history, life and culture of Providence’s twenty-five neighborhoods through exhibitions, performances, walks, lectures, and conferences produced by more than 50 different curators.

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ReSeeding the City: Ethnobotany in the Urban


  • Lower Level Gallery, Rhode Island State House 82 Smith Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
Untitled #5 from “The Parson’s Tale,” 2018, by Rick Shaefer, Courtesy of the Artist and Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York

Untitled #5 from “The Parson’s Tale,” 2018, by Rick Shaefer, Courtesy of the Artist and Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York

Curated by Judith Tolnick Champa, the exhibition features probing works by 20 artists. They spark awareness of never latent, yet often unrecognized, interconnections between nature and urban life, especially botanical nature's roles and guises. The contemporary artists, practicing in NE, respond to often-contending forces of people and plants in the urban setting. At times they posit a relationship of impasse regarding nature in the urban; at others, they inspire reconciliation. The sense of inquiry in the works will resonate with the historic venue of the RI people's State House, a site perfectly suited for productively re-seeding this debate.

Opening Reception takes place at the State House October 26, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

The State House main entrance is on Smith St., serviced by RIPTA. Metered parking is available on Smith, Francis and Gaspee Streets. Handicapped parking and the handicapped-accessible entrance are located in the upper legislative parking lot at the eastern corner. There is elevator access on every floor and wheelchairs are available inside the upper parking lot entrance. Capitol police stationed at the entrance can assist. Gallery hours are weekdays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, holidays excepted.

ReSeeding the City is generously sponsored by City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism; Brown University's Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Department of American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art; Providence CityArts for Youth; Providence Tourism Council; Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; RI Department of State; Rhode Island State Council for the Arts; Rhode Island Wild Plant Society; Tomaquag Museum, and many individual donors.

Earlier Event: October 19
Home Movie Day
Later Event: October 26
ReSeeding the City Forum