Windows On Pawtucket

Now entering its fourth year, the Windows on Pawtucket Project, a “walking” gallery tour, fills empty windows on Main Street and beyond with artworks by artists from Rhode Island and other surrounding states. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, when many galleries and museums were forced to close, Windows on Pawtucket emerged to bring light, color and life to vacant storefront windows and brought art to residents, visitors and local businesses. In 2023, the Windows on Pawtucket Project coincides with the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival with a focus on “Celebrating Community.”

“Art brings life…”

“It rewards slowing down…it rewards the pedestrian experience, to take a moment and stare at it instead of just driving by…”

“You can walk around the downtown area and get a taste of the work of local artists without traveling to different locales…”

Artist Resources

Are you an artist who is considering applying to be part of the next Windows on Pawtucket? We’ve put together some resources to help you find out everything you need to know.

Where is Windows on Pawtucket?

Come join us in Pawtucket, RI for the upcoming Windows on Pawtucket exhibition, part of the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival!  This year’s exhibition will be on display in two locations.  The first location is 2 Bayley Street, which is home to Harvest Kitchen.  Found at the intersection of Bayley and Main Streets, this café serves as a culinary job training program for youth ages 16–19 involved with the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). Trainees work to create a full line of value-added products — from pickles to applesauce — using ingredients sourced from local farms and get hands-on retail experience selling their goods at farmers’ markets and in the café.  It’s also a highly visible location that sees many passersby daily on their way to and from the Pawtucket Central Falls Commuter Rail Station.

The second location is the Art League RI Gallery and adjacent JT Community Gallery at 80 Fountain Street, Pawtucket. These galleries combined will accommodate 100 – 125 pieces of artwork. At the 80 Fountain Street location, visitors to the gallery, as well as the building’s tenants and visitors, can view the artwork and learn about the individual artists.

Who is eligible to be a part of Windows on Pawtucket? Artists from anywhere in New England are eligible to apply to be a part of Windows on Pawtucket. The application entry fee is waived for artists living or working in Pawtucket or Central Falls, RI.

How big are the windows? Information on the sizes of the windows at 2 Bayley Street can be found in the Prospectus and Call for Entry.

When do applications need to be submitted for the 2023 – 2024 Windows on Pawtucket Exhibition? The application deadline is July 15, 2022. Please submit your applications through our Google Form.

When will Windows on Pawtucket be on display? Artwork located at 2 Bayley Street will be on display from September 1, 2023, through August 2024. Artwork exhibited at the Art League RI and JT Community Gallery will be displayed for the month of September 2023. 

What are the artwork requirements and dimensions for each location? Please see the Prospectus and Call for Entry for window dimensions at 2 Bayley Street. Only 2D artwork is eligible for this location and must meet the size requirements based on window dimensions. Artwork must be available to be displayed for one year.

2D and 3D artwork are eligible for the 80 Fountain Street location. Maximum size up to 40” wide and 60” high including the frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych, etc.) to make up one work. 3D work will be moved regularly for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 40″ x 60” or less with a weight limit of 100 lbs.