One of the Museum's defining features is the quality and beauty of its learning environment. Since opening in 1977, we have commissioned or accepted donations of work by artists – many of them local – for our exhibits and public spaces. These vibrant murals and paintings, intricate sculptures and carvings, and more contribute to the Museum’s creative aesthetic while introducing children to art and artists.
Not long ago, we welcomed new artworks to our atrium walkway. One is an
intriguing sculptural installation commissioned from Providence-based
Mid-Ocean Studio, a collaborative team of artists who create public art
projects internationally. Their first work in Providence, Space Debris
responds to and expands on the idea of shapes in space as explored in
our ThinkSpace exhibit.
The piece consists of three cloud-like
structures with embedded images that refer to geometric concepts;
windows overlooking the atrium allow interaction between sculpture and
playspace. Mid-Ocean Artistic Director Brower Hatcher called the
creations “experiments with geometric systems” and described the design
process as “three-dimensional weaving” and “my own kind of play.”
Hanging nearby are four ceramic murals loaned to the Museum by
Massachusetts- based artist Judith Inglese, who has designed and
fabricated work for public spaces for over 25 years. A grandmother who
has visited the Museum with her family, Judith “particularly enjoys
depicting the role of creativity, imagination and discovery in the life
of the child, as well as the importance of cross-cultural exchange and
Her panels represent music, dance, opera and theater, each
created in bas-relief and featuring whimsically detailed images and a
variety of vibrant glazes that encourage visitors’ visual and tactile
Click here to view a slideshow with more Museum artwork.