Nine years ago, a unique Rhode Island arts project launched through collaboration between art collector Joseph Chazan, M.D. and the artistic director of AS220, Umberto Crenca. "NetWorks" was created to document, celebrate, and foster the richly creative and diverse Rhode Island artistic community.
Each year since its launch in 2008, the project has created an archive of video and photographic profiles that are enriched by museum and gallery exhibits, catalogs, and panel discussions.
This December, NetWorks 2016 debuts twelve new video portraits of exceptional Rhode Island artists. Each portrait in the NetWorks project introduces the viewer to an artist’s work, process, and sources of inspiration, in fewer than ten minutes.
WSBE Rhode Island PBS is pleased to present the two-part NetWorks 2016 as part of its ongoing series, Rhode Island Stories. Part one of NetWorks 2016 airs on Thursday, December 29 at 8 p.m. The one-hour program profiles Reenie Barrow (photographer), Nicholas Benson (stone carver and letterer), Dennis Congdon (painter), David DeMelim (photographer), Ann Fessler (photographer), Hank Gilpin (furniture maker and wood sculptor).
Part two of NetWorks 2016 airs on Thursday, January 5 at 8 p.m., and profiles Peter Marcus (large-scale intaglio printer), Mary Beth Meehan (photographer), Allison Newsome (ceramic sculptor), Brian Shure (printmaker, painter), Meredith Stern (printmaker, ceramics), Gail Whitsitt-Lynch (sculptor).
Networks 2016 is produced by Richard Goulis. Executive producer for the NetWorks project is Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.
Rhode Island PBS is a proud supporter of the NetWorks project, as part of the station's commitment to make stories and works of local artists more accessible to a wider community audience.