Bob Rizzo


Bob Rizzo

Warwick, RI

Professional Experience

1975 – Present Multi-media artist

2001-2007 Owner, Over the Top Gallery, Providence, RI

1997-2003 Executive Director, CapitolArts Providence

2003-2004 Director of Programming, Mayors Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Providence

1987-2003 Director, Office Cultural Affairs, Providence Parks Department, Providence, RI

1988-2003 Founder/ Director/Curator, Convergence International Arts Festival, Providence, RI

1992-2003 Director, Providence Jazz & Blues Festival

1993-1999 Director, Providence Waterfront Festival

1994-1997 Visiting Faculty, Performance Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1987-1994 Special Events Consultant

1985-1987 Visiting Faculty Performance Art, RI School of Design, Providence

1982-1987 Carpenter

1978-1981 Cultural Affairs Coordinator, City of Providence

1975-1976 Visiting Artist, Schiller College, Strasbourg, France

1973-1975 Artist in Residence, RI State Council on the Arts, Arts in Education Program

1971-1973 Active Service, US Army

Other Activities

2013 Moderator, “site-specific work, Open for Dancing”, Island Moving Company

2011 Moderator, “site-specific work, Open for Dancing”, Island Moving Company

Grant Panelist, Rhode State Arts Council

2004 Moderator, “site-specific work, Open for Dancing”, Island Moving Company

Guest Curator, Attleboro Museum Center for the Arts, Attleboro, MA

Panelist Public Art Forum, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA.

2001- 03 Board of Directors, Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, RI

2001-03 Board of Directors, Newport News Public Art Foundation, Newport News, VA

2002-03 Downcity Implementation Network Committee, Providence, RI

2002 Guest Lecturer, “Public Art”, Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Guest Lecturer, “Energizing the City: Public Art in Providence” Portland, ME

Providence Preservation Society, Tourism Committee

2000 Community Advisory Committee, RI School of Design Museum

1999-2000 Providence Banner Trail, Executive Committee

1998-99 Destination Providence, Executive Committee, Providence/Warwick CVB

1998 RI Percent for Art, Airport Art Selection Committee

1996-98 Board of Directors, Rhode Islanders for the Arts

1993-96 Executive Board, Total Arts Providence

1995 Grants Panelist, Massachusetts Cultural Council

1995-97 Board of Directors, Groundwerx Dance Theatre

1990-96 Rhode Island Earth Day Committee

1984-2003 Advisor/Grants Panelist, Rhode State Arts Council

1985 Grants Panelist, Connecticut Commission on the Arts

1987-92 Board of Directors, AS 220, Providence

Personal Awards

2003 Rhode Island Foundation Fellow

Kovar Award for Community Service, RI Technology Council

2000 RI Tourism Achievement Award, State of RI

Landscape Design/Open Space Award, Providence Preservation Society

1998 Arts Advocate Award, Business Volunteers for the Arts

1996 Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism Promotion, State of Rhode Island

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Pride in Providence Award

1992 Fellowship Recipient, New Genres, State of Rhode Island

1988 New England Foundation on the Arts Grant

1983 Fellowship Recipient, New Genres, State of Rhode Island


1981 Individual Artists Project Grant, RI State Council on the Arts

Selected individual & collaborative performances/exhibitions

2008 Bob Rizzo, Shrines, Icons and Spirits, Newport Art Museum, Newport RI

2003 Bob Rizzo - New Work, Community College of RI, Warwick, RI

2001 Bob Rizzo - Bill Reis, C. Francis Gallery, Providence

2000 Fitzgerald, Rizzo, Veneman, Paintings, Totems and Shrines,

Full Circle Gallery, Providence

1992 Mirror Songs, **(RI School of Design

Ground-breaking Sculpture * Daphne Farago Wing, RISD Museum

Masks, ‘92 * First Night Providence

1990 Knot I Land * Set Designer, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, TN

1987 If an Army of Monkeys, *”Science Projects”, Mobius, Boston

Cowboy Movie, Parts I-IV, Text; Craig Watson Mobius, Boston**

1988 Fossil Fuel * Text; Craig Watson, First Night Providence, Mobius, Boston MA,

AS 220, Providence **

Running the Gauntlet * First Night Providence

(First public artwork commissioned by First Night Providence)

1985-86 Cowboy Movie, Part I, Text by, Craig Watson, Mobius, Boston**

Swinging With Vito * New England Arts Biennial, University of Massachusetts, Amherst**

Life Sure is Slow in the Fast Lane, (Bob Jungels) Mobius, Boston, MA**

1983 The Interrogation, (Bob Jungels, Richard Goulis) Amnesty International Annual Meeting**

1982 The Interrogation, (Bob Jungels, Richard Goulis) RI School of Design, Providence**

1983 Something Frightening But Not Inherently Dangerous * RI Community College**

1979 Two Bobs Do, (Bob Jungels) Anyart Gallery, Providence, RI**

1977 Dance for the Fourth, Performance for six dancers, pyrotechnics &

Improvisational music* Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI**

Who Says I Can’t Be in More Than One Place at One Time * Eventworks,

MA College of Art**

Maze ‘77 *, Solstice Festival, Roger Williams Park, City of Providence

Cats and Dogs at Anyart, (Philip Palombo, Michael Diekmann)

Anyart Gallery, Providence**

Internal Combustion*, (Philip Palombo, Michael Diekmann) Center for the Arts, Boston**

Cats and Dogs at P.C., (Philip Palombo, Michael Diekmann)

Providence College, Providence**

Branch Prop #4, Slater Park, City of Pawtucket, RI

Dirty Laundry, (Connie Coleman) Woods Gerry Gallery, RISD

1976 Branch Prop #2 *, Roger Williams Park, City of Providence

1975 Branch Prop, Chateau Pourtalés, Strasbourg, France

*Commissioned work ** Performances

Selected Group Exhibitions/Performances

2017 RESIST, Van Vessem Gallery, Tiverton, RI

2016 Group Exhibit; Gallery Artists, Nisa Touchon Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2015 Group Exhibit; Gallery Artists, Nisa Touchon Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2013 Marrow - Choreographer: Tom Pearson, Bob Rizzo, Monica Schinn & Anna Shapiro, Island

Moving Company dancers & Third Rail Project dancers, Steel Yard, Providence, RI

2012 Global Flows, Amy Ingrid Schlegel, Curator, Tufts University Art Gallery,

Tufts University, Medford, MA

2009 Fluxhibition #3: Thinking Inside of the Box –

Boxes, Cases, Kits and Containers, University of Texas

2008 Holiday Invitational, Imago Gallery, Warren, RI

Collective Exhibit, The Silver Circle Studio, Putnam, CT

2007 Trashformations East, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio

Collectors Collect; Works from Denver Private Collections, Mizel Museum, Denver, CO

2006 Trashformations East, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Trashformations East, Copia Museum, Napa California

Friendship: Angels and Saints, Ryoichi Jinnai Gallery, Lima Peru


Ourchitecture. Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI (collaboration w/Elizabeth Keithline)

2005 Trashformations East, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, curated by Lloyd Herman

2004 3-D Rhode Island: Selections of Contemporary Sculpture,

Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

Lost & Unknown, Stories from RI ‘s Underground, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

2003 The Last Supper, Museo del Hombre Dominicano, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Juliett 484, collaboration between Polish and American artists, Convergence 2003, Prov.

2002 Field Work*, collaboration w/Daniel McCusker & Island Moving Co., Newport, RI

Celebrate Orange, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

1999 Recycle Show, Center City Artisans, Providence, RI

Small Boxes, Providence Children’s Museum, Providence, RI

1998 Serious Fun, Warwick Museum, Warwick, RI

Kimono’s, Center City Artisans, Providence, RI

1994 Wine-tasting, Mobius ArtRages, Boston, MA

1993 Maskcapade, RI Children’s Museum, Pawtucket, RI

Mask Appeal, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI

1986 Political Statements, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1983 Provocative and Problematic Video from the American East Coast,

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

1982 The Video Review, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1978 Assembling, Assembling, Pratt Graphics Center, NYC

1975-76 American Painters in Paris, Palias des Congres, Paris, France

Work in the numerous private/public collections: full list on request.

John M. Bennett Papers, Washington University in St. Louis

Bern Porter mail art collection, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Special Collections and Visual

Resources, Los Angeles, CA

RI School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Cranston Public Library, Cranston, RI

Providence Public Library, Providence, RI

Brown University, Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, Providence, RI

Parkside Rotisserie & Bar, Providence, RI

International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Pagosa Springs, CO.

The Providence Athenaeum, Providence, RI


DADA CENTENNIAL, Day of the Dead, Museum of Collage, Assemblage & Construction, 2017

The Spam Poetry Game - An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry By Cecil Touchon, 2009

WHITE ON WHITE, Selections from the Permanent Collection, The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction,

Cecil Touchon, 2009

The Spam Poetry Game - An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Cecil Touchon, 2009

Spirits, Shrines & Icons, Bob Rizzo, 2008

READERS DIGESTIBLE: The First Assembled Anthology on RI Artists’ & Writers’ Works on-a-Page, Bob Rizzo, Editor, 1978

Assembling, Assembling, Richard Kostelanez, 1978

Seventh Assembling, Richard Kostelanez, 1977