432 W Fountain St
Providence, RI 02903
ADA Accessible: Yes
Join DESIGNxRI and the Rhode Island Design Community as we celebrate the start of the 9th Annual DESIGN WEEK RI. We will be launching the DESIGN WEEK RI 2022 Beer made in collaboration with Moniker Brewery, featuring labels created by local artists and designers: Authentic Abstraction, Susanna Kim Koetter, Lois Harada, and Hayley Pires. Music will be presented by DJ Uncle Thirsty, along with live painting by Ysanel. You also get a free drink with the purchase of your ticket! We are excited to see you there!
Meet the Designers
Authentic Abstraction is owned and operated by two former Pawtucket, Rhode Island firefighters Edmund and Brendan. As a coping mechanism to deal with their work-related trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the duo began collaborating and creating abstract art, poetry, and hand-crafted wooden frames. Along with this, on July 1st Authentic Abstraction released their art and poetry book “Hanging by a Thread” which aims to tell the story of living with PTSD as well as to fight the stigma that comes with mental health related issues among first responders.
Susanna Kim Koetter
Susanna Kim Koetter is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, printmaking, textiles, and ceramics. They received a BA in Painting from Yale University in 2013 and an MFA in Printmaking from Columbia University in 2019. Susanna is currently the 2022 Artist Fellow for the Artist Research Residency at the RISD Museum, and was previously a graduate fellow at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies from 2017–2019. In August 2021, Susanna had a solo show at AS220 in Providence, RI, and has shown work at number of places in and outside of America, including Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia, and the Queens Museum in New York City. Susanna lives, teaches, and maintains a studio practice in Providence, RI.
Photo by Doug Levy
Lois Harada is an artist and printmaker working in Providence. She studied printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and settled in Rhode Island after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010. She works at DWRI Letterpress, a commercial letterpress printshop where she also prints her own work. Her work frequently features text and references propaganda and government printed materials. She recently finished a seven year term on the board of New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized free, arts drop-in program and a term as a city commissioner on the Art in City Life Commission serving the city of Providence.
Hayley Pires is a multidisciplinary designer based out of Newport, Rhode Island. Utilizing her unique perspective and out-of-the-box thinking to deliver strategic brand insights and design has earned her a name in the field. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Packaging Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she worked for global design studios working on well-known brands such as PepsiCo, CVS, P&G and Campari Group. Not only has she designed for big brands, she also worked with growing small businesses. This diversity has allowed her to develop skills for large scale projects, while still maintaining great passion for the smaller ones.
YSANEL is a Providence, RI-born and -based public artist and poet of Dominican heritage whose work has been displayed locally and regionally. In 2017, she was awarded her first Public Art Residency by the City of Providence, and since then has been featured in Providence Monthly, worked as an Artist-in-Residence at the Dirt Palace, and was employed as a Mural Arts Instructor/Teaching Artist with AS220. One of her most well-known public art projects is a 60′ wide, permanent mural on the exterior of Madeline Selim Rogers Recreation Center.. YSANEL was classically trained in painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.