Art & Art History Current Events

Ceramics professor, Judd Schiffman’s class Ceramics 2/Wheelworking was named as a Riccobono Academic Resilience (RAR) course through funding primarily from the Riccobono Family Mental Health Fund and the PC Center for Engaged Learning. 

Cammie Staros: Unearthing the Sky organized by VRC Curator Kate McNamara at PC Galleries received two exhibition reviews in The Boston Globe and Hyperallergic. The exhibition is on view through March 4, 2024.

Dr. Bing Huang collaborated on the exhibition The Celestial City: Newport and China at Rosecliff in Newport.

Dr. Ellen Feiss, has joined the department as an assistant professor of art history.

Dr. Elizabeth Welch, professor of art history, recently published the article “Unraveling the Perfectionism of Christmas, Ballet, and ‘The Nutcracker,'” in Catapult Magazine. Dr. Welch’s current book project examines the magazine Dance Index (1942-1949) and the artist-balletomanes who helped advance ballet to elite status in the United States.

Studio Art Professor of Photography, Eric Sung, recently had his photographs published in a PC faculty penned op-Ed in The Providence Journal. The 2022 op-Ed by PC professors Tuba Argatan of Health Policy and Management and Nick Longo of Global Studies, examines the importance of investing in local arts and cultural organizations.

Dr. Thomas F. Strasser, professor of art history, is the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award for 2021. His research focuses on Aegean prehistoric archaeology — roughly the Homeric period of Greece and Western Turkey, prior to approximately 776 B.C. — and makes special reference to the Cretan Stone Ages, island archaeology, and ancient seafaring. 

Why 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. 

Can You Dream It? (Yes I Can.), curated by Scott Alario, PC’s Studio Art Technician, was on view at the Kristen Lorello Gallery from July 10-August 14 at 195 Chrystie St. NY, NY 10002. Exploring the collision of cuteness, transcendence, and ambivalence, this show was a collaboration of many artists, including Providence College’s own Heather McPherson, Professor and Chair of the Art and Art History Department, Judd Shiffman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Jeanna Lavallee, Consulting Exhibitions Coordinator and Alumni Class of 2016 and Scott Alario, PC’s Studio Art Technician.

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

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 GamesTo learn more about this course, check out the video Asian Art Through VR Games

PRISMS,” a women’s exhibition exploring color theory in the Kiln Room Gallery in the Ceramics Building, was curated by Micaela Freeman ’20. Featured artists included Isabella Christilles ’19Abba Cudney, Jeannie Dale ‘21, and Elizabeth Longo ‘21. “PRISMS” was exhibited April 13 – May 4, 2019.

The 10th annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity took place on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in the Center @ Moore Hall. This event showcased the excellent scholarly, creative, and service work that Providence College students are doing on campus, in the community, and indeed, around the world.  The Celebration has grown each year, and features students from all class years and from many different departments and disciplines.

Senior Art Exhibitions took place this spring. Providence College Galleries collaborates with Providence College Studio Art faculty to present thesis exhibitions by Studio Art majors.

Art Thesis Exhibitions- Part I: Exhibition dates March 23- March 30, 2019. Opening reception in both galleries: Saturday, March 23rd 1-3 pm. Participating artists include Jessica Rogers, Grace Sneesby, Isabella Christilles, and Olivia D’Elia .

Art Exhibitions- Part II: Exhibition dates April 6- April 13, 2019. Opening receptionin both galleries: Saturday, April 6th, 1-3 pm. Participating artists include Marcus Karamanolis, Amy Pineda, and Catherine Day.

Revolution Rich: Business In Red China, a talk by Professor Christopher Leighton of MIT moderated by Professor Bing Huang and Professor Collin Jaundrill of PC’s Asian Studies Department took place on April 12, 2019. Professor Leighton delivered a public talk exploring how China’s business community experienced the years after the 1949 Revolution. In addition to his expertise in modern Chinese history, Professor Leighton’s interests include business, urban history, and the Chinese Communist Party.

This talk was sponsored by Asian Studies and the Department of Art & Art History, and co-sponsored by the Department of History & Classics, the School of Arts & Sciences, and the PC School of Business.

The Art and Art History Department hosted the New York City Museum Bus Trip on April 6, 2019. This day trip allows students to peruse the NYC museums, or simply spend the day in NYC.