The Dirt Palace is a feminist non-profit arts space founded in 2000. [1] The Dirt Palace is located within a re-purposed library building in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island and includes living spaces, a wood shop, a print shop, practice spaces, studio spaces and a zine library. The collective's gallery space, The Storefront Window gallery, features work by residents and guest artists.[2] Founding Members still involved with the project include Xander Marro and Pippi Zornoza. Artists who have participated in residencies at Dirt Palace include J.R. Uretsky, Mickey Zacchilli, and Jungil Hong.[3]

The Dirt Palace
Purposefeminist art collective
Coordinates41°49′01″N 71°26′36″W / 41.8168393°N 71.4434534°W / 41.8168393; -71.4434534
LeaderXander Marro
Pippi Zornoza

In 2010, the collective was featured in the Museum of Modern Art's book, Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art.[4] The collective was also featured in the 2014 exhibit by Creative Time and Independent Curators International, Living as Form (Nomadic version) at Harvard University's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.[5] In 2018, the Dirt Palace purchased the Wedding Cake House, and is currently renovating the building with the intent to establish a short term artist residency program supported by a bed and breakfast.[6]

The collective has been identified as part of the new wave of radical feminist art spaces in A People's Art History of the United States,[7] and as a part of the riot grrrl zine movement in Modern Women:Women Artists at the Modern Museum of Art.[4] The Dirt Palace is a recipient of a seed grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.[8]


  1. ^ "Foot Apple Parade Ends this Week". Providence Monthly. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  2. ^ Moser, Hannah (2009-10-15). "A lens into Olneyville's community". Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  3. ^ "index". Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  4. ^ a b Modern women : women artists at the Museum of Modern Art. Butler, Cornelia H., Schwartz, Alexandra. New York: Museum of Modern Art. 2010. ISBN 9780870707711. OCLC 501397424.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Living as Form (The Nomadic Version)". Carpenter Center for Visual Arts. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  6. ^ Dunn, Christine (June 17, 2017). "Arts group describes plans for Wedding Cake House Broadway mansion will become artist-in-residence hub and B&B". Providence Journal. p. A5. Retrieved Aug 26, 2019 – via NewsBank: Access World News – Historical and Current.
  7. ^ Lampert, Nicolas, 1969- (5 November 2013). A people's art history of the United States : 250 years of activist art and artists working in social justice movements. New York. ISBN 9781595583246. OCLC 505420503.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Dirt Palace". Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2020-03-19.