Rhode Island
Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
Tape Art

We are the inventors of Tape Art. And we want to draw with you.

As a crew of public artists, we have been operating since 1989. Working in the medium of low-adhesive tape we have created over 500 large-scale temporary public art installations all over the United States and the world. No matter how big the installation, we remove every Tape Art mural within 24 hours of completing it. We consider our interactions with the environment and the public as integral to our art-making.

As educators we have worked with a wide range of communities teaching collaborative art making classes from K-12 workshops all the way up to corporate leadership training off-sites. We have introduced this medium to over 40,000 first-time Tape Artists and continue to be moved by its endless educational applications and possibilities. 

In community and healing venues, Tape Art exercises are an opportunity for communities to create art together and have a public voice. To this end Tape Art can play an especially potent role for individuals and communities in the aftermath of loss: on the walls of hospitals and psych wards, or in the wake of tragedy. In our local children’s hospital we did a run of weekly drawings for 17 years in a row. 

Ultimately every project is custom designed to fit the needs and budget of the community or organization we are working with. If you are interested in collaborating with us, it is best to contact us so that we can give you a quote based on the type of artwork and engagement you are interested in. Thank you!

Additional Links: 
Random collections of Tape Art documentation. Explore!
Video projects including stop animations.
Lots of pictures of Tape Art now.

I Have Worked With

  • October 2017

    Working with The Citadelle Art Foundation in Canadian, TX, we designed a month-long residency that included a public art campaign of 16 mini-murals throughout the town followed by two weeks of teaching Tape Art workshops in schools around the region. We ran workshops for over 500 students from elementary level to secondary level, including Tape Art stop animation workshops and community service projects that brought high school students to draw in local nursing homes. By the end of the residency everyone in the town had either seen our work or participated in a Tape Art workshop.

  • May 2017 to September 2017

    The Brooks Art Museum in Memphis, TN commissioned a massive Tape Art mural to be installed on the outside of their museum building to celebrate their centennial. We spent 20 days on the outside of the museum drawing a beautiful tree filled with women (you can see the Woman Tree mural in the images section of the profile). During that time we worked with the museum to design a residency for us to return in the fall of that year. This residency connected The Brooks to their donors and more importantly the surrounding communities. As part of their annual auction fundraiser, we allowed the museum to sell off blocks of time in our fall residency to donors who could then point us to any place in the community for a mini Tape Art project. The donors chose a range of projects from public murals, to workshops in local schools, to Tape Art experiences for students in the most underserved parts of the city.

  • June 2015 to June 2018

    In 2015 the Art Allstate program moved from the Worcester Art Museum campus to its current home at UMASS Dartmouth. We have continued our annual mural and artist talk as part of that program and will continue to do so in the years to come. In March of 2018 we partnered with Art Allstate to run a day-long teacher training PD workshop that introduced art teachers from acoss the state to Tape Art as a medium and method and how Tape Art can serve in their classrooms and communities.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Michael
Job Title/Position: 
Owner
Physical Address: 
Providence, RI 02909
Last Name: 
Townsend
Phone: 
800-827-3278

About

Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Year Founded: 
1989
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Art Studios
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
RISD, Masters in Art Education
Awards: 
Rhode Island Arts and Business Council, Artist of the Year
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship
RISD Art Education Fellowship
Priber Travel Grant from ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

We have worked with a wide range of populations and are excited to work with you to find an art-making solution no matter what your community needs.

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - English as a Second Language
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Design
Media
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
25 years of teaching Tape Art (since 1991)
Introduced Tape Art to over 50,000 first-time Tape Artists (and counting)
MA Art Education (Concentration in Community Art)