Arts In Construction is a 2017 program created by Peter Holland to bring the professional visual artist onto the jobsite to get inspired, inspire others, and leave their mark on the house in several ways.
For years Peter has been incorporating art inspiration from outside the RiverStone building bubble into our projects. Unable to find the time to be more involved in the art world outside of RiverStone houses, Peter decided to bring the Visual Art world to RiverStone.
Each house will have at least one talented visual artist assigned to it and will use, when possible, extra materials that fill many of our 30 yard dumpsters during a job. Some of the work will be done off site, but most of the work will be on site. One or more permanent pieces will be incorporated into the house and one or more pieces will be exterior or interior works that can be sold to the homeowner and remain with the house or sold and installed at another home. The proceeds from the sale of the artist’s work will go 50% to the artist and 50% to the RiverStone Kiva micro-lending charity where the artist gets to choose the person who receives the micro loans.
Joshua Ruder is primarily a figurative sculptor, currently residing in Newton, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Brown University, where he received a degree in Visual Arts with honors. His work ranges from realistic to abstract and includes pieces in stone, steel, ceramics, plaster, wood, and glass.
He started sculpting when he was 15 years old in a yearlong art course dedicated to making and casting a bust. This exposure to traditional materials and methods of making sculpture launched him on a path of exploration of forms and materials that has continued to this day.
Here are some examples of Josh’s previous work