Art & Art History Current Events

The School of Arts and Sciences invites you to the 2017-2018 Post-Sabbatical Talks in The Fiondella Great Room, Ruane Center. Dr. Deborah Johnson will be presenting her talk Who Owns Cultural History? on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 3:00pm – 5:00 pm, Ruane.

A Screening and Discussion: Woman in Gold. Thursday, April 19. 3 p.m., Ruane 105. Reception in the Fiondella Great Room. In cooperation with the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange. Dr. Deborah Johnson of the Department of Art & Art History will host a discussion following a screening of the 2015 film Woman in Gold, directed by Simon Curtis and starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Daniel Bru?hl. Based on a true story, the film describes the challenges and triumph of an elderly Jewish refugee living in the U.S. who mounted a legal battle to recover a long-since stolen painting of her aunt from the Austrian government.

On Thurday 2.15.18 we had our catalog release, artist talks and reception for A Dialogue on Distortion with artists Graham McDougal & Bayne Peterson: Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery.

The NYC Museum Bus Trip took place on Satuday February 3, 2018. The Bus Trip takes place twice a year and is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History.

Art History Senior Thesis Symposium took place on Wednesday December 13, 2017. Congratulations to our Art History major!

Salvation Spectacle: The Judgement Paintings of Jheronimus Bosch by Alec Scungio’18

Aemulatio and Sprezzatura: Palladio and the Legacy of Vitruvius by Cecelia Lahiff’18

In God we (Dis)Trust: George Washington in the Capitol Rotunda by Josef Riccio’18

Idolizing Sans Idol: Buddhist Art and Its Reception During the Meiji Period by Joan Miller’18

Scott Alario, Studio Art Technician exhibited his work is an exhibit titled Soft Landing at Kristen Lorello Gallery, NYC. The work was on view from Saturday December 16 – January 27, 2018.

Scott’s work was also shown recently as an installation at Kristen Lorello’s booth at NADA Miami, 2017. Read a review of the exhibit in Artsy article 9 Artists to Watch at NADA Miami.

Providence CityArts, Mt. Pleasant Library, and Providence College’s Community Lens course exhibited student work at the “Nature of Community” Photo Exhibition on Thursday, November 30. The works of the talented Young Artists of Providence. Exhibition was located in the ¡CityArts! for Youth Gallery, 891 Broad St., Providence,RI.

PC Students Partner with Providence Youth for Community Photo Exhibition featured video in go Local Providence .

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The Art and Art History Department hosted the What’s Next? workshop Thurday, November 2. Students recieved tips, advice and encouragement about graduate school, internships, and jobs from PC Art and Art History faculty and alumni. Speakers included Jamilee Lacy, Prof. Lynn Curtis, Rachele Romano ’15, Dr. Deborah Johnson, Scott Alario, and Dr. Thamas Strasser.

The Art History seniors presented their thesis topics in the Hunt-Cavanaugh Gallery on Thursday, October 12, 2017 . Presenters included Alec Scungio, Cecelia Lahiff, Josef Riccio, and Joan Miller.

Professor Thomas Strasser presented his research at the School of Arts and Sciences 2017 Summer Scholars Presentations, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:00-5:00 pm in the Fiondella Great Room, Ruane Hall. Professor Strasser lectured on The Damnoni Cave Excavation and the Asphendou Cave Petroglyphs.

The Art and Art History Department New York Bus Trip took place on Saturday, October 21. The trip made stops at the MET and MOMA.
The annual Art & Art History Department Fall Barbeque took place on Thursday, September 28 in the Art Garden (located behind Hunt-Cavanagh Hall). There was great food and fun activities including Cake Wars and Raffle!

Providence College alum Catherine Little Bert gave a talk Thursday, September 14 from 5:45-8:00 at Bert Gallery as part of 19th Annual Arts And Crafts Conference (September 14-17) sponsored by the Initiatives in Arts and Culture organization of Providence. Register online.

Dr. Jaundrill and Dr. Manchester of the History Department teamed up with Professor Eric Sung of the Art Department to bring a group of students to Japan as part of a Maymester Program. This year’s Maymester, titled “Japan and the U.S., 1853-Present: Image and Power,” included travel to historic sites in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and many others cities. This was PC’s third Maymester to Japan. Building on two successful Japan Maymester trips (2013 and 2015), this Maymester explored the historical relationship between Japan and the U.S., with a particular focus on visual sources. It featured a strong fine arts component with an emphasis on visual literacy and digital storytelling, courtesy of Professor Eric Sung of The Department of Art and Art History.

There was an open house at Sons of Jacob Synagogue (Douglas Ave, Providence, R.I.) on June 25, 2017. This was an opportunity not only to see a synagogue that is the last surviving remnant of a cluster of 5 synagogues in what was once the Jewish neighborhood around PC, but was also a way to prepare the community for the possible transition of this synagogue into a Jewish museum. Many from the PC community were in attendance, including, in this picture, Arthur Urbano, Lynn Curtis, Studio Art Professor and Deborah Johnson, Art History Professor. Arthur was there as a spokesperson for his exhibition, also on hand, of Jewish alumni of PC, now being shown at the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island.

Congrats to Jamilee Lacy, Gallery Curator! Providence College -Galleries was recently featured in the following: Travel Magazine New England Like a Local: Seven Must-See Art Galleries in Rhode Island . Providence College — Galleries Chicago transplant Jamilee Lacy imported some of the Windy City’s magic when she stepped on board as director and curator for Providence College’s two exhibition spaces, the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery and the Reilly Gallery. Close to the nucleus of the Providence arts scene, the exhibits here are consistently top-notch, such as Deb Sokolow’s conspiratorial diagrams, Will Hutnick’s adhesive abstractions (shown here) and the stunning show of signage in contemporary art . The venue also offers a much comfier viewing experience than the generally ostentatious vibe of other university galleries in Providence.

Photography Professor Eric Sung taught CommYOUnity Lens this spring and his students presented work in a photo exhibition in April titled “CommYOUnity Photo Exhibition”.  The Webpage was created by Stefan Puente, Providence College Class of 2017

Community Lens is an interdisciplinary course at Providence College which has taken its cues from its 2011 iteration and a 2012/2014 course Visualizing Peace and Justice. Information on these two projects can be seen under our Previous & Related Projects tab. Here, we explore how photography can aid youth in telling their stories and result in greater social change. To do so we engage with theories of community, civic engagement, and the arts as well as the bare-bones techniques of digital photography. In the end, we use what we have learned to share stories, experiences, and ideas in pursuit of social justice through partnerships with Providence CityArts for Youth and YouthRAP in Smith Hill. It is at these locations that we not only teach photography to young artists, but also learn collectively – reciprocally with one another. The culmination of this course and service work is an exhibition held in late April to present the stories young artists want to be told about their community.

A conference titled “Marking the Sacred: The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem” took place on June 5-7 at Providence College. This conference was organized by Art History Professor Joan R. Branham and is sponsored by the Dept. of Art and Art History. Please visit conference program and registration.

The conference also features an exhibit titled “On the Wall: Assaf Evron”, in the Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts, curated by Jamilee Lacy, Director and Curator, Providence College—PC-Galleries.

Flickr photos from the event.

In conjunction with the current exhibition “Expanding Abstraction:New England Women Painters, 1950 to Now”, deCordova Museum presented a talk by Dr.Deborah Johnson, Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies titled “Made by a Woman:Gender and its Relevance to the Arts”. This talk took place on May4th at the museum in Lincoln, Ma.

The Providence College Ceramics Spring Pottery Sale was held Friday, May 5 from 10 am – 3 pm in the Slavin Atrium. The Providence College Ceramics Department participates in this event each semester. The unique works of pottery were created by students and faculty.

Nora Rabins, a Visiting Lecturer of Studio Art, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.Nora will participate in an institute entitled “American Material Culture: 19th Century New York.” The 4-week program will be held at Bard Graduate Center and directed by Catherine Whalen and Katherine C. Grier.

The Studio Art Minor Exhibition, Fall Into Place, was on display April 20-29,2017  featuring work by Caitlin Conlon, Alexandra Harbour, Allison Herring, Sarah Ryan, Elizabeth Sammarro, Gabrielle Vega, and Sarah Veins.

Art History Professor Deborah Johnson participated in a panel discussion on the Jewish-Catholic Engagement in Rhode Island on Monday April 3rd, 2017. Continuing the discussion on “The Future of Jewish-Catholic Dialogue”, the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange Committee, the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, and Office of Institutional Diversity co-sponsored this event. The event closes a three-year series on commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate (Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions).

The Providence Art Club hosted an exhibition “Making Her Mark, The Women Artist of the Providence Art Club 1880” from March 5 to March 31 with a symposium on March 25. Michael Rose’13 Art History major currently works as Gallery Coordinator at The Providence Art Club. Art History Professor Deborah Johnson and Emeritus Art History Professor Alice Beckwith gave lectures at the exhibit.

The 8th annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in the Slavin Center. This event is a chance to showcase 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.

Art History Senior Thesis Presentations took place on Monday December 12th, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm. The following art history seniors presented their research: Caroline Woods’17 , The Female Avant-Guarde: Challenging Ideas of Gender in Morisot’s Wet Nurse and Valadon’s The Blue Room, Alex Radley’17 , Understanding Minoan Palaces and Their Function, Kimberly Carroll’17 , Liberty Leading the Women: Delacroix’s Liberty as Transitional Image, Giovanna Franciosa’17, The Sacrifice of Issac: Caravaggio’s Merge of the Spiritual and the Physical. The Art Journal created by these students will be published this spring.

Providence College hosted two engaging events. Prof. Monsignor Timothy Verdon presented a lecture titled: The Dominicans and the Renaissance in Florence, on Sept.13th. in the Blackfriars Theatre and on Wednesday Sept.14th he presented a Master Class titled: The Art of Presenting Art: The New Florence Cathedral Museum, which also took place in the Blackfriars Theatre.

Eileen Donovan’14, Art History major, began a new position as Art Education Programs Assistant, Maryland Historical Society,Baltimore, Maryland. Eileen supports the planning and implementation of educational programs at the Maryland Historical Society. She coordinates onsite museum tours, digital distance learning programs, educational outreaches, scout programs, museum birthday parties, and traveling trunks. Eileen also manages docents, conducts tours, and contributes to the creation of museum lesson plans.

Professor Ann Norton, Professor Eric Sung, PC students in the spring 2016 course ARH/ART/AMS 301-Development of North American Architecture and Shea High School students concluded their semester long collaboration. The course combined the history of architecture with photography of Art Deco as an important aspect of the class. See the Art Deco website created by the students in this class.

Professor Jim Janecek‘s students created a final Bauhaus project in Special Topics: Bauhaus Design. The students used a light modulator, as in Moholy-Nagy’s concept of Light as a plastic medium. Then they used iPads to record shapes, patterns and rhythms of light, as in Moholy-Nagy’s film “Black, White and Gray”.

A Night of Black and White Providence College

Photography Professor Eric Sung assisted in the selection of PC student photographs of PC that were auctioned off during this event on Saturday April 30, 2016. The following art and art history students participated in this celebration: Erin Colby, Christine Casavant, Karl Anderson, Alessandra Foresti, Chelsey Puffer, Michaela Bolotin, Allison Herring, Kristina Ho, Molle Stackhouse, Lily Brooks, Henry Gilbert, Patricia Krupinski.