Industrial Evolution

Co-Curated with Howie Sneider

Curatorial Statement:
This exhibition feature the work of the Steel Yard’s Public Projects department. It displays the original concept sketches, models, prototypes and materials used by local artists in the development of community based public art projects throughout Rhode Island.

The Public Projects department has commissioned local artists to produce over five hundred public-art trashcans, fifty art-benches, hundreds of feet of art-fences and dozens of art-bike racks of all shapes and sizes. The artist who create this work bring strong individual iconographies and personal style along with a shared desire to work with and in their own communities. They are both fabricators and designers, able to develop an idea and translate it into finished work for public installation. The artists all have active studio practices beyond our program and this show will be an opportunity to present their functional and community projects in a fine art context.

The show explores these artist’s unique visions while highlighting the work of the many local organizations and municipalities that have funded and commissioned these unique works. The work in Industrial Evolution spans the 10-year history of the Steel Yard’s Public Projects and incorporates the work of over 50 artists, youth interns, students, and community members who contributed to the designs. 


The Coehen Gallery, Brown University

Participating Artists:
This was a group exhibition with over 50 participating artists.

Brown Daily Herald, Exhibit Provides Glimpse into Art Making Process, By Marcus Sudac. November 1st, 2013.

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