Alumni News

Dr. Maura Reilly ’90 BA has been appointed Director of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Dr. Reilly is the founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she developed and launched the first exhibition and public programming space in the United States devoted entirely to feminist art. While there, she organized several landmark exhibitions, including the permanent installation of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party and the blockbuster Global Feminisms (co-curated with Linda Nochlin), among others.

Michael Rose ’13 Art History Major has been named 22 to Watch in Rhode Island in 2022 by Go Local Providence.

Josef Riccio’18 Art History major is the Information Services Assistant, a hybrid Library and Institutional Technology position at the Library of Trinity College in Hartford, Ct. He plans to pursue an MA in Library Sciences.

Amy Luke’15 Studio Art minor in Photography recently accepted a position as Staff Photojournalist at New York State Assembly in Albany, NY.   

Marcie Revens’03 Studio Art major co-curated an exhibit at City College of New York. Marcie is a graduate of the International Center of Photography and holds an MFA from The City College of New York. She teaches film and digital photography at the City College of New York (CUNY) and has taught at The Cooper Union.

The Art Department at The City College of New York, CUNY presented the first in a series of group exhibitions featuring new works by the Studio Art MFA Alumni. Co-curated by Jannette Jwahir Hawkins and Marcie Revens, Of A Sacred Dimension reflects the deeply personal visions of six artists working from a range of lived experiences and tackling what it means to make art in the current economic, social, and political climate.  October 28 – November 15, 2019.

Casey Cullen’13 Studio Art major in Photography, minor in Art History. After graduating, Casey stayed in Providence and continued her education in a different field, through the RISD Graphic Design Certificate Program. She then pursued her love of photography even further, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Integrated Media through Lesley University. Her work focused on the unique connection between photography and memory. Using mixed media, she created an immersive experience depicting memories from her childhood home. Casey is a Lesley University Adjunct, having taught Introduction to Darkroom Photography, and photography workshops for underprivileged youth in Nagarote, Nicaragua through NicaPhoto. While in Nicaragua, she created a body of work which was displayed alongside her students’ in the “Look: Portraits of Nicaragua” Photo Fundraiser Exhibition at 22 Haviland Street Gallery. Casey then traveled to Cuba, visiting the Instituto Superior de Arte, where she created a photo essay on the city and people of Havana. She is currently working at Precision Images, Inc. as a Graphic Designer and Printing Technician, where she works with Phototool Films and Direct to Substrate UV Printing. Her portfolio can be found on her website.

Rita Murphy’19 Art History major is working at The Catholic University of America as an Admission Counselor. Currently in travel season, Rita is responsible for corresponding with and reading the applications of students from her assigned areas of the country. She is really enjoying working with high schoolers on their college journey, and learning more about Catholic University as well. Once November hits, she will be in reading season and will be reading all of the Early Action and Early Decision applications.

PC Alumnus Mark Mazzenga’02 Art History major has published a book with Simon and Schuster. Mark teaches high school history at the American School in London, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He speaks conversational Klingon and is well-versed in all things geek.”

From Simon and Schuster: “A fun, quirky A to Z introduction to all things geeky runs the gamut from Dungeons and Dragons to super heroes; from wizards to warp drive; from Middle Earth to galaxies far, far away.
Cool, colorful illustrations and snappy, rhyming text introduce geeks-in-training to their future favorite things. Insider Star Trek references, superpower basics, nods to science fiction classics and more will entertain little ones and the grownups who can’t wait to take them to their first Comic Con. A-Z themed spreads are simple, funny and sweet—providing the perfect beginner course in geek iconography.

Molly Narloch’04 Art History major recently visited Professor Deborah Johnson in Providence. Molly is the product manager for a tea company in NYC and is studying to become a Life Coach.

Alexandra Fallone’13 Art History major, PC’15 Masters in Theology, is a Sales Operations Lead at Curalate in New York, NY. Prior to her current position Alex was a Sales & Service Operations Manager at adMarketplace in the New York City area.

Kate (Laberge) Bergeron’10 Studio Art major, Photography concentration and a minor in Dance.  After college, Kate attended Tufts University and The School of Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), where she received her Masters in Education in 2013. Kate has been teaching Digital and Analog Photography to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students at Needham High School since she began her teaching career; she has proudly built the photography program to include Advanced Placement applicants in her time there. In addition to Photography, Kate teaches 2D & 3D fine art courses that include Senior Studios for advanced students who have applied to the AP College Boards and are looking to further their art careers. She is inspired to instill a mindset of creative thinking in all students that come through her classroom, not just those who perceive themselves to be ‘creative’! In her personal time, Kate enjoys being outdoors with her husband and young daughter, making her own artwork, and traveling. She always has her camera at the ready.

Marie-Louise Winther’10 Psychology major and Studio Art minor Photography concentration.  Marie-Louise is currently working as a Designer + Assistant Creative Director at Dagne Dover, a NYC based brand that is redefining handbag design, focusing on functionality and aesthetic. In her role, she develops seasonal creative, heads up product design and drives creative direction for editorial campaigns. While at Dagne she has launched 4 seasonal collections, a Tech Capsule (currently sold at Apple) and a Baby Bag Capsule. Her design ethos focus around clean aesthetic, functionality and sustainability.

Prior to her current role, Marie-Louise was an editorial and runway photographer. After Providence College she went on to attend Parsons, The New School in NYC, for fashion design, being awarded the Best Portfolio Award of her graduating class and being selected for the Cannes Lions Festival of 2016.

Althea Ruoppo’11 Art History major is pursuing a doctorate degree at Boston University in art history. In October 2018 she delivered a paper titled “Windows to the World: Isa Genzken’s Holocaust Denkmal (1991), An Unrealized Design Proposal for the New England Holocaust Memorial” at the 44th Annual Cleveland Symposium: “Built Environments and Performances of Power.” The conference was organized by Case Western Reserve University and hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Althea was one of three presenters awarded the Cleveland Symposium Paper Prize by the Museum’s Friends of Art.

In April, Althea gave a paper titled “Obstructed Vision: Re-Viewing Isa Genzken’s Airplane Window Panels” at the 2019 Nasher Prize Dialogues Graduate Symposium hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Her essay will be published in the annual Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium compendium.
Both conference trips were funded by travel grants from the Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, and the Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association (GSHAAA), respectively.

Samantha Cataldo’10 Art History major was recently named Curator of Contemporary Art at the Currier Museum of Art. Cataldo graduated in 2010 from Providence College with a degree in Art History, earning a certificate in Business Studies and minoring in Women’s Studies. Cataldo holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University’s joint program with the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Cataldo was the Koch Curatorial Fellow at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. There, she curated exhibitions including The Social Medium, a survey of social photography, and managed sculpture park commissions such as Oscar Tuazon’s Partners.

William Ruggiero’08 Art History major accepted a position in 2018 as Coordinator/Assistant at the Trust for Public Land in Chicago, IL. Wil is an art historian, curator, and administrator working in Chicago, Illinois. His main area of research is in contemporary Latin American art, focusing on critical theory, media, urbanization and the dynamics of the state. Congratulations Wil!!

AIARI 2018 Design Awards, Providence College: Ruane Friar Development Center, Stephen Forneris’90, Art History

Stephen Forneris graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. He then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Architecture at Syracuse University in 1994. With over 23 years of experience, Forneris is now the Principal and Board Director at the global architecture firm, Perkins Eastman. Currently, Stephen Forneris and the Perkins Eastman firm is working on constructing the newly designed Ruane Friar Development Center at Providence College. In addition, Forneris maintains close ties with Central and South America, frequently travelling between New York City and Ecuador where he is engaged in numerous architecture projects.

Discover how Dr. Michelle Tolini Finamore’91 Art History major has found her dream career as the Fashion Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and how her inspiration began at Providence College. Read more about her in The Art of Fashion with Fashion Curator Dr. Michelle Tolini Finamore ’91.

Hannah Johnson’10 and Lauren Cavalli’11 Art History majors met with Dr. Thomas Strasser in Madrid recently. Hannah and Dr. Strasser took the opportunity to do a road trip to the north to view and study the cave art.
After working with the Peace Corp in Mali, Hannah took a job in DC working for the Peace Corp administration, where she met her husband. They have both taken the State Department exams and have moved into embassy work. Since then Hannah has been stationed in Frankfurt (2 years), and more recently (July 2018) were placed in Madrid.
Lauren currently lives in New York, writing for the Art Forum where she writes many fascinating stories of her publications.

Michael Rose’13 Art History major is an art historian, gallerist, and appraiser based in Southern New England. Michael currently serves as the Gallery Manager at Providence Art Club, where he is responsible for all aspects of gallery administration, managing exhibitions in three unique gallery spaces.

Dr. Deborah Johnson officiated at the wedding of Samantha Cataldo’10 Art History major and Tasnin Chowdhury at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.  Sam is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Arts at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire and Tas is an attorney in Boston.

Mary Pelletier’09 English and Photography major is a Senior Photography Specialist at the Qatar Museum in Doha, Qatar. Pelletier studied Historical and Contemporary Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, earning an MA. After graduating she resided in London as a photographic historian and dealer. She worked with the Bonhmas Photography Department and managed the James Hyman Gallery which  specialized in nineteenth-century French and contemporary British photography.

Kaelynn Maloney’16 Studio Art major is the Department and Curatorial Assistant at Tufts University Art Galleries. As department assistant, Kaelynn covers communications, scheduling, and administrative support for exhibitions for both gallery locations.

Kaelynn was the office manager for the New Art Center in Newton, Ma. for the past two years. There Kaelynn not only ran the operations for their office but also worked to update their school registration online databases and supported activities from curatorial programs to children’s classes.

Patricia Krupinski’16 Art History major, ’18 Master of History is an MA student at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University expecting to graduate in May 2021 and will be applying to PhD. programs. Patricia is a World Language/English Teacher at St.Thomas Aquinas High School in Edison, NJ where she teaches Latin Honors and Freshman English.

Alley Harbour’17, Biology Major and Studio minor with Photography Concentration is attending an MFA Program at Lesley University for Photography & Integrated Media in the fall of 2018.

Rachele Romano ’15 Studio Art major is attending Parsons School of Design fall 2018 working towards a MFA degree.