Announcing PPL’s 2023 Creative Fellow

We’re so excited to announce the Library’s 2023 Creative Fellow, J.R. Uretsky. J.R. will be doing extensive Special Collections research and making new work about grief and mourning, in conversation with our spring 2023 exhibit Picturing the Pandemic.

Photo of J.R. Uretsky by Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez

J.R. Uretsky (she|they) is a Providence-based artist who weaves performance, video, puppetry, and sculpture into emotionally charged, affective artworks that shift seamlessly between autobiography and fiction. Performing under their moniker, J.R. and the Worship Band, Uretsky draws on worship practices and rituals used by western evangelical churches to create musical performances that turn trauma into strange and positive collective experiences.

You can listen to J.R. and the Worship Band at jrandtheworshipband.bandcamp.com.

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Now Accepting Applications for 2023 Creative Fellowship

We’re happy to announce that we’ve released the call for proposals for PPL’s 2023 Creative Fellowship, an eight-month fellowship for an artist to do research in our Special Collections and create new work related to the theme of our spring exhibition.

This year, we’re looking for an artist working in the field of performance to create work about grief and mourning, in conversation with our upcoming exhibit Picturing the Pandemic.

Caroline Nye, “Memorial to Jean Carlos,” Rhode Island COVID-19 Archivehttps://ricovidarchive.org/items/show/1743

We’re accepting applications until the end of the business day on October 1, 2022. Details and application instructions are included in the call for proposals. Please share widely; email us if you have any questions.