Department of Art and Art History

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Art history senior thesis images (Rita Murphy)Save the Date! Art History Final Thesis Presentations will be held on Monday, December 10th, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Harkins 300. Presenters will include  Noreen McGonigle’19, Rita Murphy’19, Mary Grace Day’19 and Vivienne Strmecki’19.




Community Lense poster

“More Than Meets The I” CityArts Young Artists Photo Exhibition took place on November 29th at Providence CityArts For Youth, 891 Broad St., Providence, RI. Check out their publication highlighting all the young artists here.

In Community Lens, a course taught by Professor Eric Sung, Departments of Art & Art History, Public and Community Service Studies, and Global Studies, students serve as teaching artists helping kids at use photos to tell their life stories.


Asian Art Through VR GamesSign up for a new Asian Art History class for Spring of 2019 taught by Professor Bing Huang: Special Topics: Asian Art Through VR Games (CRN 2593, ARH 279-002 offered Tuesdays, 2:30-5:00 p.m or CRN 2506, ARH 279-001 offered Thursdays 2:30-5) . To learn more about this course, check out the video Asian Art Through VR Games

Also read about the class in a Cowl interview with Professor Huang written by Sara Conway’21 Art History major. PC’s Dr. Bing Huang on Asian Art Through VR Games


Digital Imaging Screen printingProfessor Janecek is offering Digital imaging: Screen Printing (ART 243, CRN 1020) course for Spring of 2019 held on Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-5:20. Learn new techniques and skills by combining electronic and traditional art mediums to create imaginative pieces.




Bauhaus DesignIf you are interested in exploring a dynamic period of art and style, look into the upcoming course for Spring of 2019, Bauhaus Design (ART 289, CRN 1024), taught by Professor Janecek. It will be taught Monday and Wednesdays at 2:30-5:20.





Professor Jim Janecek teaching printmakingWhy study Art and Art History at Providence College? Read all about it! The studio art program stresses a strong foundation in the fine arts, as well as the liberal arts, on which to build careers in the arts, communication, advertising, and related fields. The student is also prepared for graduate study leading to an M.F.A. in studio art or M.A.T. in art education. The program in art history emphasizes the historical, cultural, and formal contexts of art and visual culture, preparing students for graduate study as well as careers in museums, cultural advocacy, marketing, communication, and other fields. 


Professor Eric Sung

Professor Eric Sung has been appointed Program Director for the new minor in Business and Innovation, that is effective with the Class of 2020. The program consists of four tracks. The Design Thinking Track hones students’ visual and creative skills, enabling them to make meaningful contributions to industry, commerce, and their global context. This track gives students the tools of visual analysis and creative problem solving, allowing them to navigate a world inundated with visual media and data. The track combines introductory business skills, design, digital media, visual arts, computer graphics, and other electives that enable students to tap into the liberal arts and learn how to apply their skills in the business sector. For Computer Science majors there are several possible sub-tracks including App, Web and Data Warehousing Design. Professor Sung will also serve as Track 4 sponsor for Design Thinking.

Thomas Strasser

2018 Arts and Sciences Dean’s Recognition Award

Thomas Strasser, Professor of Art History has received the 2018 Arts and Sciences Dean’s Recognition Award. This award is a tangible way to recognize often-overlooked contributions from our peers across the range of faculty professional activities in teaching, scholarship, or service.  All Ordinary, visiting, and adjunct faculty who have not already received a College recognition award were eligible to be nominated by their colleagues to receive a one-time monetary award in appreciation of a specific “unsung” achievement or contribution.


Bing Huang

2018 Recognition for Teaching Excellence: Innovation in Teaching
Bing Huang, Assistant Professor of Art History

Dr. Bing Huang, assistant professor of art history, is the recipient of the 2018 Innovation in Teaching Excellence award. The honor is given to a faculty member who has implemented outstanding innovative teaching approaches that increase student learning and success. Innovative teaching is defined broadly, but necessarily involves creative ways to engage students in the learning process.

Dr. Huang earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Shanghai University and a master’s degree in the history of art and architecture from the University of Cambridge. Recently, she earned her doctorate in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University. Dr. Huang specializes in Chinese art, and her research interests include the artistic and cultural exchange between Europe and East Asia and art and technology. Recently, she has cultivated interest in digital art history and examines the question of medium or media in recent art history theory and practice. She also has been working on virtual reality projects that demonstrate how immersive media technology and in-depth humanist research may be combined to enhance teaching.
Congratulations to Dr. Huang on this well-earned honor.