Sunday, May 15, 2022


 They do not want me to do this portrait... cough... cough...

Dear Florencio,

Thank you for your application to create the official portrait of former Rhode Island Governor (and current U.S. Secretary of Commerce) Gina M. Raimondo. I’m sorry it has taken so long to reach a conclusion to this process, but we are happy to say that Secretary Raimondo has made her decision.

As you know, there was a significant amount of interest in this commission. Many, many excellent candidates submitted work, and any number of artists would have been an excellent choice for this important commission. While we appreciate your interest, I regret to say that you were not chosen for further consideration.

We are not prepared to announce the chosen artist until all arrangements for the commission have been concluded, but we will be happy to share the announcement with you once it has been circulated.

We wish you all the best and thank you for your interest in this project.

Molly Dickinson

RISCA public art director

on behalf of the Gubernatorial Portrait Selection Committee