RI Artist Bianco Receives First Public Art Commission in NYC
Michael Rose, Go Local Prov, October 19, 2022
Allison Bianco is one of Rhode Island’s most accomplished printmakers. With artworks owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, RISD Museum, Yale University Art Gallery and others, Bianco has established herself as a highly sought after and collectible artist. In her latest project, Bianco has completed her first-ever public art commission, a tile mural for Public School 958 in Brooklyn, NY. Titled Curious Tide, this special installation is bringing Bianco’s vision to new audiences beyond her home state.
Bianco has spent her life in Rhode Island and continues to make her home and studio here. Represented by Providence’s Cade Tompkins Projects, Bianco earned her BA from Mount Holyoke College and her MFA from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. In addition to maintaining her own studio practice, she has served as a visiting artist at a number of schools and universities throughout New England and beyond and has taught at a number of institutions.
Speaking of the role her home state has played in her artmaking, Bianco says, “Being a lifelong Rhode Islander, I have an affinity for our little state, the diversity of our landscape and the richness of the artist community that resides here. Most of my work creates a visual history of Rhode Island and includes oceanscapes. I'm interested in the ways that the space between water and land can change slowly over time, or drastically with the onset of huge storms, and how the physical changes can cause a shift in our remembrance of those places.”