About Allison Newsome
Allison Newsome is a talented multi-media artist based in Warren, Rhode Island, working in sculpture (clay, ceramic and bronze), drawing and painting.
She received a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and is on the faculty of Harvard University Office for the Arts.
Her work has been featured at the Boston MFA, RISD Museum, Mobile Museum of Art (Alabama), Beatrice Wood Museum (Ojai, CA), Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA), Newport Art Museum, and Federal Museum Ben Franklin Biblioteca (Mexico City).
Allison’s RainKeep sculpture installations can be found all over the world. Each large RainKeep has its own name, derived from the story of its purpose, the science behind its meaning, or materials used. Placed in public spaces such as community gardens and town squares, these standalone RainKeeps each feature a large recycled aluminum tank that can harvest up to 3,000 gallons of rainwater. Visitors are enchanted by its beauty and story of environmental resilience.
She enjoys developing sustainable, LEED-based solutions for the Earth’s ecosystem by applying nature-based strategies in her design. This is known as “biomimicry.” Inspired by the redwood trees of her native California whose upper canopies catch coastal fog and direct it downward to maintain under-canopy ecosystems, Allison designs each large RainKeep with a colorful petal-like metal canopy to direct rainwater naturally into the tank. Residential RainKeeps are designed with a Rain Chain accessory to direct cascading water into the tank via gutter or roof corner.