New POD Publication Now Available

"Life at My House 2," which documents the Fall 2013 Project Open Door artist-residency at the Charles E. Shea Senior High School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island is now available for purchase online from Blurb. The residency was a photographic collaboration between students from Shea together with photographer Jo Sittenfeld and writer Sara Leibel. Shea students met weekly after school to discuss and critique their work. In addition to the producing photographs, students developed written narratives that explored ideas of cultural identity. The residency was made possible as a result of the generous support of the Surdna Foundaton and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA).

POD at the RISCA Atrium Gallery

Join RISD Project Open Door and RISCA - Rhode Island State Council on the Arts at the Atrium Gallery for an exhibition celebrating the outstanding work created by POD students from high schools across Rhode Island. The show will be on view from February 4th - February 
27th. Come with family and friends to a reception for the artists on (NOTE DATE CHANGE) Tuesday, February 25th from 5:30 - 7:30PM. 

Shea Students Exhibit Their Work at RISD's RED EYE Gallery

Students from the Charles E. Shea Jr. Senior High School in Pawtucket who have been working throughout this semester with Project Open Door artists-in-residence Jo Sittenfeld and Sarah Leibel in a project entitled "Personal Narratives Through Photographs and Writing" have their photographs exhibited at RISD's RED EYE Gallery along with photographs by RISD and Brown University students.

POD Teaching Artist Karina Yanez Introduces Her Students to RISD's Collection of Artists' Books

Project Open Door Teaching Artist Karina Yanez, who this semester is establishing a new POD-in-Schools after-school program at Mount Pleasant High School, arranged for her students to visit RISD's Fleet Library this week. Prior to the visit, Special Collections Librarian Laurie Whitehill Chong working in consultation with Karina had selected a range of artists' books selected to provide the Mount Pleasant students with a sense of what's possible when an artist puts her/his imagination to conveying a particular narrative in book form.

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Sculptural Lighting Summer Class

Since today is the first day of summer- it is the perfect time to announce our new summer class! We are offering a free one-week intensive 3D workshop on sculptural lighting, taught by RISD Professor, Michael Lamar.  
The class will run from 9:30-4:00 August 5-10, 2013. Applications are due July 12. If you are interested in applying, please email  


Providence Art Window Exhibition Opening!

A preview of one section of the window exhibit

A preview of one section of the window exhibit

Please join us on Thursday June 20th from 5-9 pm to celebrate the opening of the Project Open Door window exhibition! We have been given 15 windows at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery- 80 Washington Street. 

The works displayed are the cumulative efforts of POD teens from across Rhode Island responding to ideas about animals, monsters, and myth from around the world.  These young artists considered how creatures have influenced culture and served as a means of cultural communication.  Four teams of students explored different traditional motifs and developed innovative techniques to filter these narratives through their contemporary artistic viewpoints. 

Design Connections Tours Hasbro Toy Company

Project Open Door designer-in-residence Bobbi Jarvis and her husband Brian Jarvis - a designer at Hasbro -  arranged for students from the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School participating in the RISD-based "Design Connections" class to tour the worldwide headquarters of the Hasbro toy company based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island this afternoon.

Design Connections at Hasbro

Design Connections at Hasbro