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Allison Newsome

Design Entrepreneur


Allison Newsome received her MFA from RISD. Newsome was artist in Residence at MFA Boston and her work is in the permanent collection of the RISD Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, Beatrice Wood Museum, Newport Art Museum, and was featured in 2018 in a collateral event of the Venice Architecture Biennale in the Marinaressa Gardens. RainKeep is a site-specific rain harvesting utility sculpture designed for urban farms and gardens. It holds 150-1,000 gallons of rainwater for landscape use. With a design and utility US patent, it is not only a work of art, but is part of the solution. Acting as a beacon with its bright biomimetic form, it offers an educational tool to teach children and adults about water conservation in municipalities. Spring, 2021, Historic New England is installing RainKeep ‘Three Sisters’ at Casey Farm’s community garden in collaboration with Native American Wampanoag artist Deborah Spears Moorehead. The repousse (hammered) aluminum rain-chains tell the ‘Origins ‘story of the Iroquois Eastern Woodlands People, the story of SkyWoman falling to earth and giving birth to squash beans and corn and the traditional method of interplanting. In Summer 2021 RainKeep ‘Botanica’ will be installed at the Florida Botanical Garden’s new Children’s Discovery Garden. RainKeep offers LEEDS credits and ‘The Seventh Generation Principle’ in regards to decisions being made about our energy, water, soil, and natural resources. Decisions that are for the generations to come. Newsome is also currently launching her new patented ‘SolarHearth,’ a passive solar utility sculpture.