Windows On Pawtucket

Now entering its third year, the Windows on Pawtucket Project, a “walking” gallery tour, fills empty windows on Main Street and beyond with close to 40 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 brings art to residents, visitors and local businesses.  Follow the map to experience the variety of artwork on display. 

“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.

What is Windows on Pawtucket? An outdoor gallery that showcases artwork while brightening the streets of Pawtucket, RI. If you want more information about the upcoming 2022 – 2023 Windows on Pawtucket exhibition, the prospectus has all the details. You can also check out the digital booklet created for the first Windows on Pawtucket exhibition to see more examples of what has been done in previous years. Both of these documents are available through the buttons below. You can also take a look at the Windows on Pawtucket playlist on Art League RI’s YouTube channel to see more content.

Where is Windows on Pawtucket? The window locations are mostly scattered around an area between Main Street and Exchange Street, near the Old Slater Mill, in Central Pawtucket. The document below contains photos showing the window locations. Note: This document is from the 2021 – 2022 exhibition and some of the locations have changed. For a full list of addresses for the upcoming exhibition, please see the document “Windows Address List 2022” in the next section.

How big are the windows? The windows range in size and shape, some of them being an upwards of 10 feet in height and width. A full list of window dimensions and addresses can be found in the PDF below.

When do applications need to be submitted for the 2022 – 2023 Windows on Pawtucket Exhibition? The application deadline for the upcoming exhibition has been extended to August 15, 2022. Please submit your applications through our Google Form.

When will Windows on Pawtucket be on display? Each exhibition is on display for nearly an entire year, save for a couple of weeks in between to deinstall the previous exhibition and install the new art. The 2022 – 2023 exhibition will open on September 11, 2022, as part of the Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, and it will remain on display until August of 2023.

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.