Friday, June 13, 2008

Finding Folklore

Finding Folklore: A collaborative project celebrating the lives and tales of local people Nominations Due July 15th

Artist, former director of Hera gallery and South County native, Chelsea Heffner has developed Finding Folklore to encourage community members to collect a contemporary folklore of their area. Through the nomination process and the recording of local stories, Heffner hopes to start a conversation about what is of value to this small community.

To participate, please write us to nominate someone you feel should be part of local folklore. In 500 words or fewer, tell us who this person is and what you find remarkable about his/her life. Please include contact information for both yourself and the person you are nominating. Any South County resident can be nominated. Nominees who would like to participate will have their portrait painted and their stories recorded and turned into a small book. The project will culminate with an exhibition of the portraits and personal histories at a local gallery or community space (TBA). Heffner plans on making the hand-printed edition of the collected stories available to all South County libraries.

Heffner has received numerous awards and scholarships including the 2007 Fritz Eichenburg Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking by the RI State Council on the Arts, and the Presidential Merit Scholarship by the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has shown on both coasts including at The Providence Art Club, RI, Firehouse 13, RI, Hera Gallery, RI, and Worksound, Portland OR.. She has curated and organized a number of exhibitions while working as the director of the Hera Gallery, and served as a panelist for grant giving organizations and fundraiser auctions. She has studied at the Hodgeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, Netherlands, Brown University, Providence RI, and received her BFA from RISD in Providence RI. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland OR.

Nominations can be mailed to:
Finding Folklore
c/o Chelsea Heffner
23 Stern St
Jamestown, RI 02835
via email to:

Additional information can be found online at:

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