Keri King is a cross-disciplinary artist, based in Providence, RI. She received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Keri’s creative practice incorporates illustration, public art, storytelling and the occasional foray into performance. In 2016, Keri self-published her first narrative picture book, Spectacles & Spectators and was awarded a grant from Providence Art, Culture + Tourism to create a multi-site installation for PVDfest; she is currently engaged as Providence Public Library’s 2017 Creative Fellow. For the 2017 PAF, Keri King plans to create a multi-site installation of ephemeral paper works in celebration Pawtucket’s creative and sometimes quirky histories.
Such Is Fame
Three Stories of Blackstone Valley Legacy with Appearances by the Imaginary Music Parade
A playful series of temporary paper artworks installed along the waterfront and Armory neighborhoods of Pawtucket, designed to engage curiosity and cross-generational conversation around stories that make up the city’s rich creative culture.
Inspired by research in the Betty Johnson Collection at Pawtucket Public Library and at Pawtucket Tourism, several of King’s wheat paste murals – packed with historic textures and illustrative detail, will offer spectators chance encounters with fascinating characters of Pawtucket lore. At two more sites, King’s installations will shift focus, from past to present-day narratives; with open-ended characters that invite all members of the extended Blackstone Valley community to share their own stories and explore ways in which we all actively contribute to the creation of cultural legacy.
Keri King is a Providence-based illustrator, street artist, storyteller, researcher, and educator. She is thrilled to present work to the city of Pawtucket for the first time and for the very special opportunity to get to know some of its residents past and present a little better this Summer – she hopes her work will welcome all audiences at the Pawtucket Arts Festival: to play, be curious, connect!
Photography by Erin X. Smithers.
Find additional pieces at these locations:
‘Leroy’ @ 1031 Studios/ 249 Roosevelt Avenue
‘The Imaginary Music Band’ @ Mirror Image Studios/ 190 Exchange Street
‘March of Canvases’ @ the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts/ 350 Division Street (Collaboration with students of JMW and of Blackstone Valley Prep)
You make it possible
The Pawtucket Arts Festival is thrilled to showcase the work of Keri King and Pneuhaus as part of this year’s Festival. To make this happen, we rely on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to make extraordinary public art available and accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
We know that support comes is all sorts of forms. Whether it’s $1 or $10,000, or spreading the word about PAF, your support matters to us. Visit our INDIEGOGO fundraising campaign to make your gift towards the work of Keri King, Pneuhaus, and the 2017 Pawtucket Arts Festival.
Thank you so much for your support!
We look forward to presenting these public art works and to celebrating Pawtucket’s rich cultural and creative spirit with you this September.