Department of Art and Art History

Drain Fargnoli Courts, painting in progress
Asian Art history class
Wire sculpture
Art History Survey
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News & Events

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. 

Opening Ceremony of basketball courts at Fargnoli Park On October 14th, Providence College Galleries (PC–G), with the My HomeCourt initiative, unveiled artist Jim Drain’s extraordinary floor mural on the basketball courts of Elmhurst’s Fargnoli Park at the Grand Opening Celebration of the basketball courts. Jamilee Lacy, PC-G Gallery curator, spoke at the ceremony along with Mayor Elorza, and artist Jim Drain. Jenna Levallee’15 was also acknowledged for her on-site organizational efforts. Check out images of the basketball courts in the Providence Journal Gallery as well as the article about the courts.


(left) Vivian Greven 3, 2018 (right) Vivian Greven <3, 2018Check 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.




LaKela_Brown_Lars_Friedrich_2018_Photo_Timo_OhlerPC–G warmly invites you to join us for the second 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 II:
Daniel G. Baird & LaKela Brown
in dialogue with Providence College scholars
Wednesday, October 17, 6 – 7:30pm
Smith Center for the Arts



Dr. Strasser, athens, lecture imageDr. Thomas Strasser will be presenting a speech, “Crete in the Ice Age: Clever Seadogs and Gullible Deer” on October 18th, in Athens. Dr. Strasser will discuss archaeological discoveries in Crete that investigate the presence of people on the island prior to the Neolithic Period. For more information please see The American School of Classic Studies at Athens web page.



Fall 2018 New York Bus Trip PosterJoin the Art and Art History Department for the Fall 2018 New York Bus Trip, Saturday, November 10! This year the bus will stop in Brooklyn. Stop by the Brooklyn Museum (admission is $10 with student id), and also explore other parts of the city like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, and more! The bus will depart PC at 7:30 am sharp, and return at approximately 10:30 pm. Sign up cost is $20 (non-refundable ticket) in Hunt-Cavanagh 201.







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 – 7:30pm 
Smith Center for the Arts



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.



Thomas StrasserDr. Thomas Strasser, Professor of Art History, presented An Eyewitness Account of Ice Age Deer on Crete: The Asphendou Cave Petroglyphs at the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archeologists (EAA) in Barcelona, Spain, which was held September 5- 8, 2018.




Ian Randall

The Providence College Art and Art History Department would like to welcome Ian Randall, Ph.D. Dr. Randall recently completed his Ph.D. at Brown University. He is an adjunct professor teaching Medieval Art and Architecture. 




Steven Lacy

Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lacy M.F.A. will be joining the Providence College Art and Art History Department this year. He will be teaching Sculpture I, Design Thinking and Problem Solving, and Independent Study I: Sculpture. To find out more about Stephen Lacy and his projects:


Pinar Durgun

The Providence College Art and Art History Department would like to introduce Pinar Durgun Ph.D. who will be team teaching Art History Survey. She has recently received her Doctorate from Brown University. To learn more about Dr. Durgun:




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.

Jamilee Lacy

Providence College Galleries (PC–G) has been awarded a $65,000 grant from The Andy
Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of a yearlong exhibition series called Beyond Bauhaus that launches in spring 2019. This level of financial support recognizes the program’s impact and promising future under the direction of Jamilee Lacy, PC–G’s director and curator.

Providence College Galleries Director and Curator Jamilee Lacy appeared on GoLocal LIVE to discuss the impact of being awarded a project grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation — and what it means for the school and community.


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.