History of the PAC
Mission: “Dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the highest level of the arts for the community and its artists by creating awareness, education and involvement with our members and the public-at-large.”
On October 25, 2000, 25 artists led by Pat Zacks met at 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.
There are 96 members of Pawtucket Arts Collaborative (PAC), with a network of over 193 artists and art supporters. PAC made a formal presentation on April 25, 2001 requesting funding of $10,000 from the City of Pawtucket to establish a line item for “all arts organizations in the city of Pawtucket” to be eligible to receive city funding.
Greater Than The Sum of It’s P’Arts as part of Pawtucket Convergence. 32 PAC artists participated in this exhibit.
Through PAC initiatives, the Pawtucket City Council voted unanimously 9-0 in favor of a line item “arts funding”, which will allow any non-profit group in the city of Pawtucket to apply for funding for the arts. An award of a total of $10,000 has been allocated for the arts for the 2003 fiscal year.
Through the efforts of State Representative Mabel Anderson, PAC was awarded its first state legislative grant in the amount of $5,000.
PAC’s first exhibit at the RI Watercolor Society. 30 PAC members participated in this “Mixed Media Exhibit”, with a total of 72 pieces of artwork displayed.
In 2002 there are 116 PAC members along with a network of over 350.
City of Pawtucket put out requests for arts funding. The Pawtucket Arts Panel committee was established, and $10,000 in funding was made available for application to any artist or arts project in the City of Pawtucket. Among the awardees was the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative who received $1,500 for a Holiday Open Studio Stroll.
PAC rents the office at 260 Main Street, Pawtucket, in the city’s “Arts and Entertainment District” tax-free zone, providing a place for collecting artwork and organizing exhibits, a location for meetings, classes and information.
Education Committee Project
With the assistance of art teacher, Don Chabot of the Curvin-McCabe School in Pawtucket, Marianne Purviance, Mimo Gordon Riley and Gretchen Dow Simpson work with the students during 2002-2003 school year to paint a 50 foot long map of the world in color. Students were able to visit the artists in their studios across the street from the school.
In 2003 PAC has 130 members and a network of over 450.
Flora and Fauna exhibit in the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery. 15 Members participated.
Hot Time, Summer in the City – PAC Members Exhibit Visitors Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI, mixed media show including the work of: David Dadikian, Barry Doherty, Penny Faich, Stephen Nico Galluci, A. Giuffrida, Lance Giuffrida, Diana Jackson, Joanne Lefebre, Monique Metivier, Beverly Robertson, Sandra Solomon, Thomas Terceira, and Aaron Usher
Juried Members Mixed Media Exhibit
2005 Exhibits & Panels
Insights– A Lecture Series. Malcolm Grear, Graphic Designer on “The Design Process”. Sal Mancini, Photographer. Brower Hatcher, Sculptor. Dan Butterworth, Puppeteer
Panel: The Basics, Preparing to Show your Work. Lauren Ciccione, Gallery Director, Providence Art Club. Kenn Speiser, Artist, Don Smith, Owner Blackstone Picture Frames, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, N.W.S Painter
Panel: Print Making. Discussion and demonstration with Regina Partridge, Printmaker. David Hazlett, Printmaker. Carol Fitzsimmons, Printmaker. Lisa Goddard, Printmake.r
Panel: Making a Living as an Artist (part 1). Sara Agniel, Owner, Gallery Agniel. Penny Faich, Kiln Formed Glass Artist. Meredith Younger, Head of Ceramics at the Steel Yard. Gretchen Dow Simpson, Painter.
Panel: Making a Living as an Artist (part 2). The Business of Art. Mimo Gordon Riley, Painter. Jim Watkins, Glass Artist. Valerie Tutson, Storyteller. Loren Chen, Potter.
2006 Exhibits & Panels,
INSIGHTS: a Lecture. Monica Shinn, painter, discusses her art.
Panel: The Basics How to Market your Art: Luca del Borgo, photographer. Paula Martiesian, painter. Harley Bartlett, painter muralist. William Culbertson, sculptor.
Panel: Making a living as an artist Part 3: Jonathan Bonner, sculptor. Martina Windels
Panel: Making a Living as an Artist Part 4: Martie Holmer, artist/educator. Robin Blossom, photographer. Chris Kane, sculptor. Dorothy Bocian, art administrator art agent.
Members’ Juried Exhibit juror: Ida Schmulowitz
INSIGHTS: a Lecture: Ida Schmulowitz, painter discusses her art
INSIGHTS: a Lecture: Erminio Pinque, artistic director, Big Nazo, a Providence based creature performance group
Figurative Work. Kathy Armor, Lana Deem Campbell, Kate Huntington, James Kubiatowicz, Ronnie White, David Witbeck
Members Juried Exhibit: John Abromowski, Shawn Kenney, Alan August, Paola Mangiacapra, Jane Brito, Rosemarie Manson, Ronald Brule, Tim Mccarthy, Elena Calderon-Patino, Clare Nesdall, Linda Grace, Regina Partridge, Fred Degregorio, Amy Jean Romero, Vincent Oliver De Marco Iii, Mimo Gordon Riley, Ted Easler, Wilma Rosen, Ruth Emers, Leonard Rumpler, Nancy Gaucher Thomas, Donna St. Amant, Allen Russell Halle, Hiroko Shikashio, Richard Harrington, Gretchen Dow Simpson, Bruce Kaplan, Kenn Speiser, David Kendrick
Exhibit El Arte Une Los Pueblos, Art Unites Communities: Pablo Alvarez, Agustin Patiño, David Baggarly, Tatania Pina, Elena Calderon- Patiño, Merle Mainelli Poulton, Bert Crenca, Anne Rocheleau, Cesare Decredico, Amy Jean Romero, Francisco Hernandez, Kenn Speiser, Chris Kane, Mark Tabar, Lloyd Martin, Neal Walsh, James Montford
INSIGHTS: a Lecture: Kenn Speiser, artist, speaks about his art
Annual Open Juried Exhibit: Painter Merle Mainelli Poulton as juror.
The Free Hand, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative call for drawings. Silvia Acosta, artist and architect, as juror.
Crossing Borders: Redefining the Dream, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Annual Multicultural Exhibit Opening Reception. Music by Franternidad Folkorica Bolivana
Insights: A Lecture Series with music by Jason Roseman
10 x 10 x 10 Show
Third Annual Multicultural Juried Exhibit, Art Unites. Award Winners: Pawtucket Foundation Prize of $2000 to Astra Wijaya, photography. Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Award $200 to Dusan Petran, sculpture. People’s Choice Award $150 to George Garcia, sculpture.
10 x 10 x 10 Show
Fourth Annual Open Multicultural Exhibition. Jurors Susan Dowling, co-creator of PBS “Art 21” and Susan Carrol, Curator for the Chazan Gallery at Wheeler School
Annual Open Juried Exhibit, Jason Brockert, painter, as juror
10 x 10 x 10 Show
Members’ Juried Exhibition The Literary As Muse, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas as Juror
Pawtucket Foundation Prize Juried Exhibition. Jurors Mim Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum and Kenn Speiser, Sculptor
Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Gretchen Dow Simpson as juror
Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Pat Appleton as juror, President of Malcolm Grear Designs
In July 2013 there are 148 members.
Historic Lorraine Mills
Built in the turn of the century, Lorraine Mills is a 325,000 Square foot complex. Now a bastion for Rhode Island artists, craftspeople and businesses, Lorraine Mills is also the host for the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.
The Mill has large, small, and shared work studios available for artists of all ilks — from sculptors to painters to silk-screeners, dancers to graphic, fashion and interior design!
Join a unique collection of working artists in a thriving art community. If you are interested in leasing one of the unique spaces at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, please call Len LaVoie at 401-751-8428.