Our gallery space is dedicated to multi-media work focused on race and ethnicity.

Current Exhibit

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Past Exhibits

"Transcendent Futures" Virtual Art Exhibit

Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:00 am to Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:00 pm

October 2020 - June 2021

"Taking stock of where we’ve been. Moving beyond where we are." With the daunting challenges of the year 2020, including a global pandemic, renewed struggles for racial justice, and ongoing environmental and climate concerns, CSREA’s new art exhibit features 20+ artists whose artwork explores hope, connection, and community, as we collectively strive to build a world that works for everybody.

View the complete exhibit online.

“Joy + Justice” Art Exhibit

September 2018 - May 2019

How do we live joyfully while working for justice? This question lies at the heart of this exhibit. The 22 artists assembled here display a broad range of subjects, styles, and traditions, but they share a common thread: connecting joy to justice.

Ashley Bryan • Ricardo Levins Morales • Ashley Lukashevsky •Read More

Exhibit: The Body As Site Of

Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:00 am to Thursday, May 31, 2018 5:00 pm

CSREA, 96 Waterman Street, Providence RI 02912

September 2017 - May 2018

In this exhibition, four contemporary artists of color engage in reflection on the complexity of identity, sometimes pushing back on misrepresentations, including stereotypes and cultural appropriation, other times presenting alternatives: Akujixxv, Devyn Galindo, Panteha Abareshi, and Carolina Hicks.

Devin Allen, "Rising/Uprising in Baltimore: A Beautiful Ghetto" [VIDEO]

IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium), 85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912

September 2016 - May 2017

In the weeks following the death of Freddie Gray, Devin Allen's photographs gave voice to Baltimore's pain during one of its darkest hours. His images of the city document the struggle and humanity of protest, as well as the beauty found in community and everyday life.

Native Re-Appropriations: Contemporary Indigenous Artists [VIDEO]

Image of Greg Deal's Indigenous Beauty

CSREA, Third Floor, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

September 2015 - May 2016

The prevailing images that we see of Native Americans are often antiquated stereotypes and do not reflect the diversity, vibrancy, or modernity of Native peoples. "Native inspired" trends and images are everywhere: in popular culture, fashion, hollywood, and music, and conversations about cultural appropriation have become more mainstream. Yet Native voices are largely absent.

Racial Microaggressions + Microaffirmations

CSREA, Third Floor of Hillel, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

October 2014 - May 2015

Photographs of Brown community members sharing their experiences with racial microaggressions and microaffirmations. This exhibit is part of a broader movement to help make visible the reality and negative impact of racial microaggressions on building a just community.

At Work in the Archive

Shawn Michelle Smith artwork
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:30 pm to Friday, May 23, 2014 5:00 pm

CSREA, Floor 3R, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

March 2014 - May 2014

Shawn Michelle Smith studies photographic archives of race, calling attention to their blind spots and absences as well as their spectacles. Working with historical photographs from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, she manipulates and transforms them in order to explore how we see and understand race in the United States.


CultureStr/ke [VIDEO]

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:00 am to Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:00 pm

September 2013 - February 2014

From the criminalization of migrants through deportation to the undocumented and queer intersectionality, this collection of artworks explores different aspects of the immigrant experience. All of the artists in this collection  are part of CultureStr/ke, a national network of professional and emerging artists, social change experts, and creative producers who are advancing progressive change in immigration through cultural organizing. The organization's mission is to work towards a society that recognizes and embraces migration and migrant experiences.