Department of Art and Art History

News & Events


Bing Huang, Chinese Optics

Professor Bing Huang lectured at Harvard University as part of a conference titled Chinese Optics: Artful Looking on Friday May 17, 2019. Professor Huang’ lecture was titled “The Armillary in the Boudoir: What Was It Doing There?”





Eric Sung

Photography Professor Eric Sung discusses the Business and Innovation Minor. Learn all about this exciting new program!

Top Professor Eric Sung uses photography to teach students new perspectives.

Sung’s ability to teach students how to see, and to document what they see through photography, was recognized when he was selected to receive the 2017-18 Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award, Providence College’s highest teaching honor. Administered by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Teaching Award Selection Committee, it is awarded each year to the faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students’ academic and personal growth. Read about Eric Sung’s accomplishments.


Student small grants

Current Students in our department received 2018-19 Undergraduate Research Awards:
Modernizing Classic Figures from the 20th Century, Olivia D’Elia’19, Studio Art Photography, Faculty Mentor: Eric Sung, Photography.
Concerning Dinner, Isabella Christilles’19, Studio Art, Faculty Mentor: Stephen Lacy, Art and Art History.
Contemporary Significance of Craft and Pattern, Jessica Rogers’19, Studio Art, Faculty Mentor: Judd Schiffman, Art and Art History.


Notre Dame Cathedral

Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Art and Art History, Joan Branham, discusses the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.





providence art club thumbnailCall For Art: Providence Art Club Exhibition Scholarship 2019! Sophomores and Juniors studying as Art majors/minors now have the opportunity to submit their works to be shown in this Fall 2019 exhibition. The first through third place winners will receive various prizes, along with the opportunity for a solo exhibition. For more information, please visit their website and Facebook page. Students are able to apply all summer, with no entry fee.




Blind Origin, Judd SchiffmanProfessor Judd Schiffman is exhibiting his newest work, Blind Origin, curated by Pinar Durgun at the  Brown’s Joukowsky Institute for Archeology and the Ancient World from April 17 – May 31, 2019.

The exhibit explores the use of art to reinterpret archaeological objects. Artist and Professor Judd Schiffman responded to objects selected from the Joukowsky Institute’s collection by creating a new series of ceramic sculptures. Interweaving these transmutations with his personal accumulation of imagery, this work speaks to the meaning, stories and power we ascribe to objects, ancient and contemporary. In his talk, Schiffman will discuss some of his previous work which investigates the relationship between objects, identity, and culture and will speak to the energetic and aesthetic ways we interact with the world around us.


Paul Crenshaw BBC4 documentary

Art History Professor Paul Crenshaw is featured in an upcoming BBC4 documentary “From riches to ruins, Looking for Rembrandt”. This tells the story of a difficult but passionate man, whose life reads more like the biography of a rock n’ roll star than famed artist of the 1600s. The documentary has three parts and airs: April 9, 16 and 23, and there will be links for online viewing afterwards.  BBC4 is the cultural programming network for BBC.


Asian Art through VR Games

This spring students in the Asian Art through VR Games course, taught by
Professor Bing Huang of the Providence College Art and Art History Department, explore Asian heritage sites using virtual reality tools — no passport required!  ST:Asian Art Through VR Games – 2506 – ARH 279 – 001



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. 


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.