"I was making art to go out in the world, not to be in storage"

– Fay Chandler



In 1995, Fay Chandler was to be featured in a major retrospective exhibit of her work at the Boston Center for the Arts. Of the many works in the show, Fay thought, surely not everything will sell, and there's no point in bringing the remaining pieces back to sit in storage at the studio. Why not donate whatever is left at the end of the show to groups in the community who couldn't otherwise afford to buy art, so it can be seen and enjoyed?


Letters went out, and nonprofit agencies came during the last week of the exhibit to select a piece of art. And from that simple act, the Art Connection's placement program was born.


The idea behind the Art Connection is still simple: making art accessible to everyone lends power to inspire, challenge, heal, communicate, and transform. 


Wendy Ingram (AC-RI Founder), Fay Chandler, Peter Hacunda (former AC-RI Board Chair)


Power of Art


Making and experiencing art is an essential element of the human experience. Regardless of socio-economic circumstances, AC-RI believes everyone has the right to experience art in their life.

Art in Public View


The nonprofit organizations we work with serve the public onsite where the art is enjoyed by their constituents, employees and volunteers.

Original Works of Art


The artwork that we receive is always original. Our preference is to receive and place the works of local artists but we gratefully accept donations from all generous donors.

Trusting Relationships


We develop relationships with organizations that apply for donations, starting with our initial contact and continuing through selection and hanging of art and beyond. Artists and collectors who donate their art can feel confident that their work is respected and well-cared for.

Free Choice

We do not influence the selection of artwork by the receiving organization. There is great value in the conversations that occur as organization employees and constituents discuss their preferences for the work, and come to agreement on their selections.

Participatory Selection Informed by Constituent Voice


We require participation including a diversity of voices in the art selection. We believe that the people served in the agency should be part of that discussion and strongly encourage organizations to involve constituents in the selection process.

Diversity of Art and Artists


The visual artwork available for selection includes many genres. We seek to ensure that artists of all backgrounds are included in the pool of artwork available for selection.


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Michael Phelan

Program Manager

Michael has worked with nonprofits organizations including AARP and www.healthevillages.org. He is focused on fund raising, marketing and operations. Michael has worked at several New England firms including Reebok, Polaroid and Staples and founded the consulting business Go-to-Market Pros.​​


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Wendy Ingram

Founder & Board Member

Wendy, an exhibiting artist in New England, began her career in a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. As a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Wendy continues to create artworks, specializing in pastels and handmade paper. In 2008, she became the Co-founder and Director of Art Connection-RI. To date, 11 of her artworks have been generously donated to non-profits throughout the state. Wendy contributes her time to the Providence Art Club, Athenaeum, Southside Community Land Trust, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Association and the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Rhode Island Chapter.

Liz Martino


Liz is a lover of the arts and currently the Director of Infection Prevention & Control at CharterCARE Health Partners.

Herman Brewster


Herman is a photographer who has donated photographs to the Art Connection since 2015. He holds a BA degree in Psychology from Southern University and MAT in English from Brown University. He was a counselor at the Department of Corrections and an English teacher in the Providence School Department before he retired in 2014. One of his photographs was chosen for publication in 2017 by Cardthartic Cards. He takes great pleasure in having his photographs chosen by nonprofits. Sharing art with the community is very important to him.

Carey Terranova


Carey is a native Rhode Islander and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Rhode Island College. She has led design teams at several major Rhode Island companies including Fidelity Investments, Amica Mutual, and currently CVS Health. When she is not sitting in front of a computer, she enjoys spending time and making art with her two daughters.

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Robert Malley

Development Manager

He has served as a trustee of the Memorial and Library Association of Westerly for 13 years where he currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees' Development Committee. After a 32-year career as a corporate and banking lawyer in New York City and Boston, Bob changed careers to work for Colgate University on its development staff, responsible for soliciting major gifts and planned gifts from prospects in the New England states, New York City and Baltimore/ Washington.​


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James Scott


Jim is a Practitioner Faculty in Marketing at Providence College and the Principal of JES Packaging Consulting. Jim was instrumental in reviving the Gallery Committee at Central Church in 2007 and served on the committee since then, including four years as its chairman. Jim joined the board of Art Connection - RI in 2008 serving as the head of the Art Committee. He is now the Vice-Chair of AC-RI. Jim believes that AC-RI is the only organization in RI that helps both artists put their art to work in the community and non-profits in need of original art for their clients and staff.

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James Cullen


James joined the AC-RI board in December 2017. He was born and raised in Northern Ireland. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin School of Law, James went on to pursue a Masters of Law at the University of Chicago, graduating in 2010. Following the completion of his Masters of Law, James moved to Rhode Island with his wife. James is a Shareholder at Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce, where he practices civil litigation primarily focusing on medical malpractice defense and employment law. In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, volunteering with various community organizations, food, history, cooking, and travel.

Tom Blair


Tom joined the board in 2017, bringing his experience in art and design. He currently resides in North Attleboro with his wife Dotty and Granddaughter Thea.

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