The Tape Art Crew is an evolving group of public artists founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1989. They were the first artists to consistently use tape as a primary medium for creating large-scale drawings and installations. As such, they have been called the inventors of Tape Art. They have created over 500 large murals (approx. 40ft x 40ft or larger) and thousands of smaller drawings on walls around the globe.
The Tape Art Crew creates murals using Drawing Tape, a low-adhesive paper tape designed to be removed from almost any surface without damaging those surfaces or leaving a residue behind. They have worked on: wood, cement, brick, metal, tile, glass, metal, stone, painted wall, stucco and plaster. All of their artwork is intentionally temporary. Regardless of how much time it takes to create, every mural is removed within 24 hours of its completion.
Please credit all photographs of Tape Art work to The Tape Art Crew.
Tape Art's mural for Art Prize in 2015 is featured in the award-winning documentary More Art Upstairs. Here is a short clip.
The documentary explores the question who should determine what is good art in the setting of an art competition that gives the public the opportunity to vote for the winner. The documentary has been screened at the Hot Dog Film Festival (2017) and the Nantucket FIlm Festival (2017). MoreArtUpstairs.com
Favorite Museum Commissions:
2017 Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN — mural and satellite residency for centennial
2017 (Upcoming) Citadelle Museum of Art, Canadian, TX — mural and satellite residency
2014 Albright-Knox Contemporary Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY — inaugural project for AK's Public Art Initiative (View Project PDF)
2010 Aldridge Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT — satellite residency
1995-2014 Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA — annual public mural (View Project PDF)
1998 Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA — 52,000-sqft mural for WAM's centennial
2000, 2007 Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 The Revolving Museum, Lowell, MA
1998 The Revolving Museum, Boston, MA
1998 The RISD Museum, Providence, RI
1996 CBGB Gallery, New York City, NY — Twisted Art Show
1995 Davenport Art Museum, Davenport, IA
Favorite Festival Exhibitions:
2015 PVD Fest, Providence, RI
2015 ArtPrize 7, Grand Rapids, MI
2010 Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Detroit, MI
2005 OK Arts Fesical, Oklahoma City, OK
2002 Springfield Arts Festival, Springfield, MA
1998 Mayfair Arts Festival, Allentown, PA
1997 Trails West Festival, Saint Joseph, MO
1994, 1995 Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale, AZ
1997-2015 Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI — 1000 weekly drawings in patient rooms, waiting rooms, and hallways
2013 Cattle Depot Artist Village Residency, Hong Kong, China — partnership with Art Together
2012 Residency at the American University in Athens, Greece
2009 Greensboro Residency, Greensboro, NC — partnership with Greensboro Art Museum and Elsewhere Museum
2005 Week of Hope, Oklahoma City, OK
1997 The Contemporary Resort at Disney, Orlando, FL
Favorite Grants & Awards:
2008 4X4 Hong Kong International Artist Workshop, Residency Grant, Hong Kong, China
2004 Chashama Gallery Space Award, New York, NY
2004 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship
1995 Manco Innovation in the Arts Award, Sponsor of National Tape Art Tour
Favorite Projects with Non-Profit Partners:
2015, 2017 Oishei Foundation — collaborative workshops run with Oishei Leaders (heads of local non-profits)
2015 Providence Planning Department — 16 pop-up installations throughout the city
2015 Worcester Preservation Society — commissioned mural in 1/4-mile long tunnel for Underground Ball Gala
2014 New York Aquarium — community engagement mural celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the first deep ocean dives (View Project PDF)
2010 Providence Art Culture and Tourism — community engagement mural in downtown ice rink for the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams
2002 The Whitney Museum, New York, NY — collaborative Tape Art with 100 families
Community Tape Art
The Tape Art Crew works with communities to create collaborative art experiences that start difficult dialogues, provide groups of people a public voice, and help communities envision a better future together.
Here is a short video about Tape Art's collaboration with the Oishei Foundation, Cornell High Road Fellows, and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center in June 2017. Teams transformed narratives about the social issues of Buffalo, NY into stories about solutions and social justice. (View Project PDF)
Tape Art Education & Workshops
The Tape Art Crew has spent over two decades teaching Tape Art in schools, community centers, nursing homes, special education populations, hospitals, psych wards, correctional facilities, and corporations. In this time they have introduced Tape Art to over 50,000 first-time drawers.
Here is a video from a week-long residency in which a local high school was completely transformed with tape. The residency included 5 days of workshops that engaged students at all levels with a variety of content prompts.
The content of school workshops is designed to reinforce the curriculum students are learning in their classrooms. Below is an example of students using Tape Art to illustrate history. (View Roger Williams Project PDF)
Corporate Art Education & Leadership Training
Good collaborative art-making process is a mirror for good collaborative leadership practice. We have spent over 20 years training thousands of corporate leaders to be better collaborators, risk-takers, and innovators through art experiences. These workshops fuse business lessons with best-practice from the world of art.
This TEDx Providence Talk dives into how Tape Art workshops can be a powerful diagnostic tool for corporate leadership.
Below is a link to an article published in The Smart Manager on innovation driven by collaboration versus teamwork.
(View Smart Manager Article PDF)