Ian Cozzens

Ian G. Cozzens is a queer & trans artist, organizer, and human. He moved to Providence, RI in 1999 to study architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, and learned how to make silkscreened posters through informal networks of nerdy print maniacs in Providence’s art & music scene. He also got involved in urban activism projects, and was an artist mentor at New Urban Arts from 2005-08. He has ended up deeply enmeshed in this tiny, beautiful city full of friends, colleagues, and weirdos.

Ian lives and works in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, silkscreening prints & posters, drawing buildings and letterforms (and other stuff!), and once in a while putting together events in Providence’s artist & queer communities. For the past couple years, he’s taught screenprinting to adults at AS220’s Community Printshop, and now he’s super psyched to return to working with teenagers at NUA as the Resident Artist Mentor in Printmaking!

He strives to find a balance between the pull of sociable spaces and community projects and the quiet studio practice and solo bike explorations that open up possibilities for drawing, working, and figuring out new things. He aspires to more multiplicity, more contradiction, and more self-actualization. 

Some evidence of his activities can be found at:www.secretdoorprojects.org


Years: 2005-06 2007-08 2015-16