Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts. This year, we again have the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best Museums And Galleries In America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The impressive AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, chooses only one museum or gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.
Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred museums and galleries. We study thousands each year and RISD Museum is a magnificent phenomenon, a remarkable achievement exhibiting 100,000 objects, from ancient art to new work by contemporary artists across the globe. The American Art Awards recognizes the 140 year-old RISD Museum as the Best Museum Or Gallery In Rhode Island, 2016, and one of the 25 Best Museums Or Galleries In America, 2016.”
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design—also known as the RISD Museum—is the state’s leading museum of art and design. Founded in 1877 as part of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), it houses Impressionist paintings, 20th- and 21st-century design, Gorham silver, Newport furniture, an ancient Egyptian mummy, and a 12th-century Buddha—the largest historic Japanese wooden sculpture in the United States. Artists represented include major figures in the history of visual art and culture, including Cézanne, Chanel, Copley, Degas, Hirst, Homer, LeWitt, Matisse, Manet, Picasso, Rothko, Sargent, Turner, Twombly, van Gogh, and Warhol—to name a few.
The RISD Museum is composed of five buildings on a sloping city block on the historic East Side of Providence. The first public galleries were created in the Waterman Building in 1893, which today highlights special exhibitions and contemporary works of art and design. Pendleton House, the country’s first museum wing devoted to the display of American decorative arts, was built in 1906 as a replica of the Federal-style Providence residence of Charles L. Pendleton. The Eliza G. Radeke Building, added in 1926, houses permanent-collection galleries, from Egyptian and ancient art through Impressionism to 21st-century art and design; a major renovation of three floors was completed in June 2014. The Daphne Farago Wing, constructed in 1993, features changing exhibitions of contemporary art provides the Benefit Street entrance to the Museum. In 2008, the five-story Chace Center, designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Moneo, added 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 212-seat auditorium, studios and classrooms, RISD WORKS—the Museum’s shop, and a downtown-facing Museum entrance on North Main Street.
The RISD Museum presents special exhibitions throughout the year, along with public programs and events for all ages—inspiring lifelong relationships with art and design.
TOURS AND GROUPS
Guided and self-guided tours are available for schoolchildren and adult groups by appointment.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 401 454 6534, or visit risdmuseum.org/visit/group_visits.
224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI, 02903
Fully accessible entrances at 224 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street.
Information: risdmuseum.org, 401 454 6500, email@example.com
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm, Extended evening hours.
Summer Saturdays: Open until 7 pm (June 1 through Labor Day).
Third Thursdays: Open until 9 pm on the third Thursday of every month.
Closed Mondays, January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, December 24-25.