Photography courtesy of  Sarah Sieber

Photography courtesy of Sarah Sieber


Abbi Kenny is an emerging artist, and painter living and working part-time in both Providence, Rhode Island and Bedford, Massachusetts. A senior at the Rhode Island School of Design, she is majoring in painting with a concentration in art history. As an artist born, raised, and living in New England, it often becomes the backdrop for her inquiries into quotidian activities. Her artistic practice exists between the divisions of painting and drawing. They are, for her, one indistinguishably connected practice. In her works, she considers what stories the remnants of daily life and interactions tell, such as the ways history and politics embed themselves in contemporary experiences. As well as the way taste is learned, constructed, and defined.



born in Boston, MA.

lives and works in Providence, RI.


2020     BFA (pending), Honors Student, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI.

2016      High School Diploma, Cambridge School of Weston, Weston MA.

2015 Pre-College Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

2012-15 Pre-College Classes, The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA.

Group Exhibitions

2019    21st Annual Works on Paper: National Juried Competition 2019 Exhibition juried by Dr. Louis Marchesano, The Long Beach Island Foundation of                       the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach Township, New Jersey.

           2019 National Prize Show juried by Camilo Alvarez and Steve Locke, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA.

           Fresh Faces, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston MA.

           THE WORKS, The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA.

           The 5th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists’ Book Contest and Exhibition, Special Collections at RISD’s Fleet Library, Providence, RI. 

2018     ARTcetera 2018 Art Auction, AIDS Action Committee, Boston MA.

           PLACE(HOLDER) juried by Greer Muldowney, Gallery 263, Cambridge MA.

           61st Mystic Outdoor Art Festival “Emerging Student Artists” Exhibition, Mystic, CT.

           2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition juried by Kate Mothes Curator/Founder of Young Space, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

           You’re Invited curated by Mary Kuan, Maddie Billings, and Ma’Dee, Gelman Gallery, RISD Museum, Providence, RI.


2019       The Dumfries House Drawing Residency, The Royal Drawing School, The Dumfries House Estate, near Cumnock, Scotland, United Kingdom.


RISD Feminists’ Zine, Volume 1, Providence, RI. January 2019

Pøst Bilingual Poetry Journal, Issue 1, November 2017

Through the Grrrapevine Zine, Issue 1, September 2017

Professional Experience

2019 Summer Studio Intern for Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, Maynard, MA

2018-2019 Wood-shop Monitor, Illustration Department Wood-shop, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2017-2018 Teacher’s Assistant, David Scanavino’s Freshman Foundations Design Class, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

2018 Summer Gallery Intern, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston, MA

2017 Summer Gallery Intern, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

Junior Counselor, Summer Arts Day Camp at CSW, Weston, MA

2013-2016 Co-Head/Editor of Cambridge School of Weston’s Literary Magazine, Weston, MA.


CV as a pdf