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NEW AT THE SCULPTURE PARK - "Creative Contours"

Stephanie Fortunato & Julia Lazarus, curators
The 2014 Four Corners Arts Center Sculpture Park takes its theme from an ongoing dialogue between the curators about the relationship between people and place: how geographic location affects the things we make, the stories we tell, and who we are. We approached the design of the exhibition in the spirit of discovery, first attempting to understand the place and then inviting artists to join our conversation by creatively exploring the contours of the site.

The Sculpture Park has a particularity and a history that contributes to our experience here. Nestled behind the Four Corners Art Center in the heart of Rhode Island’s Farm Coast, the park is designed to heighten the beauty of the natural terrain, and is made anew each summer by the installation of artworks. From the first summer exhibition twenty-one years ago emerged an organization, a tradition, and an anchor destination for the community. Visitors experience a sylvan ideal that urges us to contemplate and reconnect with the natural world, as well as a cultural landscape where place, people, and culture intersect. The site is not simply a “blank space.”

Creative Contours features the work of six regional artists in conversation with the site’s unique natural features and topographic conditions, with one another, and with the cultural specificity of the place. Margie Butler, Aarti Kathuria, and Lynne Harlow created new works for this exhibition; Gage Prentiss and Howie Sneider reimagined existing work for this site; and Kurt Snell did both.

We initially were interested in the lines in these artists’ work and their clarity in use of materials, and their potential for offering moments of luminous presence within the nearly monochromatic green landscape. Our artist collaborators investigated the Four Corners terrain and selected their own installation sites. They responded to and engaged with the constraints of their particular locations: with particular rises and dips, trees and the transient stumps of this summer's newly felled trees, brambley edges and grassy clearings. Each artist has shaped an intimate experience of place within the larger landscape.

What is the edge of each artwork? Where does it end in space? How does our perception of each work evolve as we move through the Sculpture Park? How do these aesthetic interventions contribute to our understanding of this landscape? The art objects will weather, and the natural world will intersect and interact with the constructed pieces over time. At the same time, the landscape’s design, the site’s cultural history, the artists’ installations, your visit here, each are sustained across this geographic space, like contour lines defining parameters of our experience here. Creative Contours invites you to consider how human beings shape the spaces we inhabit and the ways in which our responses to the physical world – whether wild or designed -- shape our experience of place.

About the Curatorial Team

Stephanie Fortunato and Julia Lazarus began working together as graduate students in the Public Humanities Program at Brown University. They are interested in the ways in which art, culture, and community interact to create a sense of place. Together they co-directed the 2008 StoryCorps residency in Rhode Island (with Deborah Abramson), curated an exhibit of self-portraits for The Hive Archive (with Francoise McAree and Alyssa Holland Short), and helped organize a festival in Providence about H.P. Lovecraft and pulp fiction (with fellow students in the Public Humanities Program).

Stephanie Fortunato is Deputy Director of Providence's Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. Ms. Fortunato has spent most of her career working with place-based communities, strengthening connections between people and local art, culture, and heritage with an emphasis on the intersection of arts and revitalization.

Julia Lazarus is an experienced designer and project manager interested in creative audience engagement, public humanities content development, and cultural planning. She is currently Project Manager for Online Programs at Brown University School of Professional Studies. Julia is passionate about making art and ideas accessible and relevant to audiences, and the ways in which culture contributes to vibrant civic life and public spaces.

FCAC SCULPTURE GARDEN
Four Corners Arts Center Film Series

Sculptures have been exhibited at Tiverton Four Corners since 1991 when Elise Brewster created an installation called “Bridges” – a 500 ft long structure of hand-built towers and spans that were composed of locally found objects. The Four Corners Arts Center was founded on the success of these early sculpture exhibits as well as early concerts and children’s art classes. 

Utilizing a picturesque two acre setting behind The Meeting House, the Four Corners Arts Center has created a variety of outdoor exhibits beginning in 1993 and following each summer season since 1998.  

Including work of regionally recognized sculptors, such as the early Sculptors at the Chapel Gallery, now known as the Boston Sculptors Gallery, as well as the work of students at local universities, the annual summer exhibits have been open to the public during the summer months of July and August. We have estimated that over 2000 people visit these exhibits each summer.

Over the years the exhibits have had a variety of themes, such as the 2004 exhibit of “H2O at Four Corners” or the 1993 exhibit “Sticks, Stalks, Stone, and Steel.”  Other years we have invited guest curators to assemble the works.  These have included James Montford, Director of the Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College, Stacy Lattsavage, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at U.Mass/Dartmouth, and Rebecca Reynolds, a Fellow of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

**Information for Artists Submitting Work**

Special News: Sculpture Theft
Mimi Sammis Sculpture TheftThe Board of the Arts Center wants to thank all of those who have sent emails of concern and support regarding the recent theft of a sculpture by Mimi Sammis. We also want to thank the Tiverton Police for their quick action that has led to the apprehension of the thieves and to thank Jennifer Sunderland, Director of the Arts Center for her help with the police and the media.

The artist, Mimi Sammis, has been extraordinarily gracious and cooperative about this event. Despite this loss we hope to continue presenting the work of artists to the public in a free and open atmosphere. We share Mimi’s resolve that it is important to continue with our mission to bring arts to Tiverton Four Corners and the communities of Newport County and the FarmCoast region.



Sculpture Park Past Exhibitors

Four Corners Arts Center Film Series
We include here a summary of past exhibits with listings of various artists who have exhibited their work at Tiverton Four Corners:

2009 - Mimi Sammis

2008 - Curated James Montford
Norma Anderson Fox
Suzan Shutan: "Phytoplankton",
"Photosynthesis", "Tree Spiral", "Canopy",
"Golden Mean", "Garden Glove"

Gabriel Warren: "Piesterion: Column II"
Troy West: "Warrior", "Sentinel",
"Ode to Construcivism", "Freedom Flag"

Claudia Widdis: "Joyful Noise", "Free"

2007 - "Amalgam"
Four Corners Arts Center Film SeriesWhitmore Boogaerts:
"Changed from Nature"

Russell Wolfgang Smith: "Pepere"
Phil Cook: Figures I,II,III
Jack Gilman: "Polyhedron"
Brooke Mullins "Portal"
Susan Freda: "Eastern Rain Cups"
Aaron Brodeur "The Bird"

2006 "Amongst the Trees"
Ben Anderson
Phil Cook
Bryce Berggren
Jack Gilman


2005
Four Corners Arts Center Film Series Jim Cole:
"Intimate Conversation in Silver"

Whitmore Boogaerts: "Sidewalk Grass"
Peter Diepenbrock:
"Double Sub", "Monogenesis IV"

David Gaynor: "Extruded Bench"
Topher Paterno: "The River Rock"
Anna Shapiro: "Transmigration"

2004 - "H20 at Four Corners"
Whitmore Boogaerts: "Bubbledrops"
Jay Coogan: "Rain Drop"
Chris Gustin: "Vessel"
Duff Schweninger: "Earth Breather No. 1"
Charles Swanson: "Stillwater Series 2"

2003 - Curated by Rebecca Reynolds
Four Corners Arts Center Film Series Norma Anderson
Madeleine Lord: "City Folk",
"Country Style Eggs", "Umbrella Parade"

Ron Rudnicki: "Synchysis"
Mitch Ryerson: "Armchair Gardener"
Leslie Wilcox: "Blue Tshirt",
"Silver Strapless", "Parkwear/Jumper", "Copper Tshirt"

2002 - Curated by Stacy Latt Savage
Marie Coelho
Jonathan Pelliteri
Jean Ryoo:
"Forest"
Jonathon Nelson
Erik Durant:
"Rubik's Cube"
Elizabeth Dooher: "Water Vessel"
Four Corners Arts Center Film Series Megan Brown & Catherine Lowder
Ben Schmidt & Andy Torres:
"Bridge"

2001
Craig Bloodgood: "Escapement"
Linda Casbon: "Periscopes"
Jim Coates: "Tiverton Tower Form"
Rick Creighton: "Bull"
Stacy Latt Savage: "Core"
Eric Lintala: "Shards Array"
Peter Stempel: "Mowing"
Will Traubel: "Annie Get Your Gun"
Amy Wynne

2000 "Convergence Festival Event"

Stephen Copel
Kathleen Griffin
JP Jacquet:
"Giant Paper Airplanes (2)", "Tin-Toy Rocket"
Milan Klic
Four Corners Arts Center Film Series Peter Lipsitt
Madelyn Macedo
Jane South
Kitty Wales
Barbara Westerman
Amy Wynne


1999
Jim Dowd: "Turbine Archetype," "Drift"
Kathleen Griffin: "There's something I forgot to tell you"
Peter Harris: "Second Growth"
Ian Hinde: "Untitled"
Kristen Hoops: "Untitled (Bird Cage)"
Peter Stempel: "I got your letter"
Ian Sylvia: "Sea Treasures"
Will Traubel: "Fore and Aft"
Four Corners Arts Center Film Series Jason Tranchida: "Untitled (Pillow)"
Kate Turner: "Untitled (wind chimes)", "Untitled (silver hoops)",
"Untitled (reeds)", "Untitled (mesh)"

Gail Whitsitt-Lynch: "The Broken Egg", "Leaf", "Rose and Seed"

1998 - 1st annual
Harriet Brisson: "Homage to a cube"
Ana Flores: "Herb Witches"
John Gilman: "Tetrahedron", "Emergence"
Allison Newsome: "Dove-cot Skirt"
Peter Stempel: "Bright Stake Color Field"
William Traubel: "Stone the Reeds", "Dandelion"
Gabriel Warren: "Edifice"

1993 - "Sticks Stalks Stones Steel"
Four Corners Arts Center Film Series Elise Brewster
Murray Dewart
John Gilman
Peter Haines
Grace Knowlton
Peter Lipsitt
Joe Wheelwright


1992
Grace Knowlton
Peter Brian Busby


1991
Elise Brewster Bridges