Department of Art and Art History

Visual Design Paintings
Dr. Joan Branham art history survey
Drawing one pumpkin and jar still life
Art History Survey, Professor Paul Crenshaw
Drain Fargnoli Courts, painting in progress

News & Events

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. To learn more about this course, check out the video 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.




Special Topics: Abstract Painting classWant to learn more about understanding and creating abstract paintings? Sign up for the Special Topics: Abstract Painting class (ART 270, CRN 1022) taught by Professor Heather McPherson. The class will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am -12:20 pm for the Spring of 2019 semester.





Chinese ArtProfessor Bing Huang is also offering Chinese Art (ARH- 279-001, CRN 2506) Thursdays 2:30-5:00 Spring 2019. To learn more about the course, check out the video Chinese Art.




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. 

Judd Schiffman Cortizone ceramic sculpture in La Artcore showCeramics Professor Judd Schiffman is a part of La Artcore’s exhibit in Los Angeles, California which traces clay as a timeless material transcending historical, national, cultural, and geographical boundaries. The show will run November 1 – November 28, 2018, with an opening reception on November 4th from 3pm -5pm.


Lucy Kim. "Dr. Melissa Doft, Plastic Surgeon 1", Oil paint, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.PC–G warmly invites you to join us for the final of three mini-symposia PC–G is hosting over the course of our Fall exhibition, Classic Beauty: 21st-Century Artists on Ancient [Greek] Form.

Mini-Symposium III:
Lucy Kim, Shari Mendelson & Ruby Sky Stiler
in dialogue with Providence College scholars
Wednesday, November 14, 6 – 7:30 pm 
Smith Center for the Arts




(left) Vivian Greven 3, 2018 (right) Vivian GrevenCheck out the essay written by Art History Survey student Julia McCoy in response to Vivian Greven and Kirstin Lamb’s new works commissioned for our current exhibition “Classic Beauty: 21st Century Artists on Ancient [Greek] Form” on the Providence College Galleries website.




Art History Poster PresentationsSave the Date! (more information to follow): Art History Final Thesis Presentations will be held on Monday, December 10th, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Harkins 300.



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.