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The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative (PAC) and the Pawtucket Foundation announce the 13th year of this highly regarded, juried art exhibition - the Pawtucket Foundation Prize Exhibition. This year's juror is Steven Pennell, Coordinator for Urban Arts and Culture at the URI Alan Shawn Feinstein Providence Campus and long-time artist, educator, actor, playwright, set/lighting designer--just to name a few. His full bio is below.

Entries will be accepted from midnight January 1st, 2020 through midnight February 22nd, 2020. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT DATE. The show opens on March 12th.

You can find the link to enter at:

The Foundation Show is open to all artists in all media, both 2D and 3D. 

Three prizes will be awarded at the opening. They are the $1000 Pawtucket Foundation Prize and two PAC prizes of $250 and $100 each.

All submissions must be online. You can submit one or two entries. Entry fees are: PAC Members - $15 for one entry, $20 for two; Non-PAC Members - $18 for one entry, $23 for two. All fees must be paid via credit card - checks and PayPal are no longer accepted unless under special circumstances.

Work must be no larger than 60x60 inches.

You will receive a confirmation with a link to upload your photos once your entry is complete. Photos must be in JPG format no larger than 5MB, preferably between 2MB - 3MB. One photo per entry please unless you are entering 3D work. If so please email Lin at to make arrangements for additional photographs.

ALL work must be for sale. We will not accept entries that are NOS (not for sale) or POR (price on request). PLEASE do not enter work that you intend to submit or use in another exhibition that starts before the Foundation Show's end date in May. 

Entrants are given the opportunity of having their work included in PAC's Online Store. This enables potential buyers to purchase their work via credit card after the show's opening.

For information about exhibition requirements, please visit


The Pawtucket Foundation represents the business and not-for-profit sector as an advocate and catalyst for downtown, riverfront, and transportation gateway enhancements within the City of Pawtucket. As civic entrepreneurs, the Pawtucket Foundation fosters a vision of the community's future by mobilizing and coordinating research, information, talent, and resources to positively impact the City. You can find more information about the Foundation at their website:


The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is a member-driven, fully volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the highest level of the arts for the community and its artists by creating awareness about art among the public and by providing educational programs for members and the public, education, and involvement with our members and the public-at-large. For more about PAC check out our website at


Steven Pennell has been an arts administrator, director, educator, actor and musician in the field of visual and performing arts for more than 40 years. He spent 10 years overseas running Music and Theater for the US Army. He has directed well over 90 plays and has won awards for set and lighting design.

Steven is the founder (1996) and Coordinator for Urban Arts and Culture at the URI Alan Shawn Feinstein Providence Campus, curating monthly exhibits and creating performance works in support of the Urban Program, raising social justice issues and celebrating diversity through the arts, working with students, professional artist from the community and across the globe.  The monthly exhibits feature art in all media by student, community and professional artists. The program also includes music, theater, dance, and film events related to the exhibit topics. Many of these are original performances Pennell creates from oral history gathered in the community and transformed into performances which he has produced for over 25 years.  

He also teaches Theater History, Creative Drama, Acting, and Personal Narrative Performance classes at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.  He is also active in community arts and cultural organizations including the executive board of Gallery Night Providence. He has a long association with Brown University/Rites and Reason Theater where he worked as an archivist, director and production scholar on original performance works from oral history, community-based research.  He has served on the board of First Works, TAPA, Beacon Charter School and multiple boards of the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church. Mr. Pennell has been the Senior Theater Focus Group Representative for the Association of Theater in Higher Education leading workshops, performances and scholarly presentations.


Life Drawing Sessions at PAC

(life drawing session at Cornell University, mid 20th century)

PAC offers weekly life drawing sessions on most Saturday mornings.  There are occasions when class will not be offered on a particular Saturday due to other events.  Sessions are open to both members and non-members.  The nominal fee is $10 for non-members and $8 for members.  Annual membership in PAC is $35.00. To join, please visit:

All sessions are from 10am to 1pm Saturdays.    

Sessions usually include a 20 minute warm-up with multiple  short poses followed by 2/3 longer poses with breaks.  Any medium except oil paints.  Interested artists should contact  Frank (401-486-0394 or with questions or to be added to the weekly reminder as well as any late cancellation notifications.  

Celebrate Spring With Collage

March 22 1:00-4:00pm

Art by Lin Collette

If it's spring it's time for collage! PAC member Lin Collette is running a collage workshop at the Mill Gallery of the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. Collage has been used for many years to create works of art. Artists such as Hannah Hoch, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden and Henri Matisse have created masterpieces using this medium. Participants will receive information on collage, be able to use a wide variety of supplies, and enjoy the company of other collage enthusiasts. Free to all but a $5 donation for materials is appreciated. No experience necessary - just come to have fun!  

Art Journaling Workshop

With JoAnn Bromley

Come join PAC member JoAnn Bromley as she leads a three-week workshop on creating and working with an art journal. The dates are February 13th, 20th, and 27th. All workshops run from 5:30-7:30pm. 

The workshop is free and open to the public. A donation of $5 towards materials is requested.

Materials needed:

  • Journal, preferably a mixed media, but any book will do as long as the pages are sewn in and not just glued.
  • Markers, colored pencils
  • Gesso white 
  • Glue stick (the kind that you use for gluing in scrapbooks, not in a glue gun)
  • Scissors
  • magazines or printed images or quotes you like
  • Heat gun or hair dryer

Joann will have magazines, water colors, acrylics, stencils, et cetera, but attendees should feel free to bring favorite supplies to work with.

Visual Journaling is a wonderful way to explore a variety of art and media techniques as well as journaling thoughts, inspirations, and reflections.  We will explore collaging, gesso and texture, stenciling, doodling and more to create a one of a kind journal of your own.

Lasting Conversations: Decades of Expression

The show opens on February 15th with a reception from 2:00-6:00pm and runs through February 23rd.

Participating artists are: Robert Brodesky, David Dauer, Robert Dec, Gail Edwards, Ron Fortier, Marcia Goodwin, and Denyse Wilhelm.

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the highest level of the arts for the community and its artists. We do this by creating awareness, education and involvement through our members.


On October 25, 2000, 25 artists led by Pat Zacks met at the Slater Mill for the first time to establish goals, bylaws, membership dues, a mission statement, a logo, and a web site and formed Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. To read more about PAC's history, year by year, click here.

Gallery Hours

Starting on November 7th, 2019, gallery hours are: Thursday 5:30 – 7:30 pm Saturday/Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm


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PAC thanks the City of Pawtucket for the generous Arts Organizational Grant

 PAC Mill Gallery:

560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02860 Mailing address: Pawtucket Arts Collaborative PO Box # 966 Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862

Gallery Hours: 

Thursdays 5pm to 7pm.

Saturdays and Sundays 1pm to 5pm.

560 Mineral Spring Ave
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860

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