Lois Harada is an artist and printmaker working in Providence. She studied printmaking at RISD and settled in Rhode Island after graduating with a BFA in 2010. She works at DWRI Letterpress, a commercial letterpress printshop where she also prints her own work. Harada utilizes text and the medium of the poster to tell her family’s story of incarceration—her paternal grandmother was interned in Poston, AZ from 1942–45. She takes inspiration from propaganda printed and distributed by the US government and prints with type and equipment similar to that which would have created the original works.
Harada has exhibited her work across the US and internationally. Her work is included in private collections as well as at the RISD Museum. Her practice is bolstered by residencies, and she is currently preparing for a five-week residency at Anderson Ranch in Colorado in spring 2023. She recently finished a seven-year term on the board of New Urban Arts, Providence’s nationally recognized, free arts drop-in program, and now serves as chair of the Art in City Life Commission serving the city of Providence.