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​​​Please join us for a conference titled "Marking the Sacred: The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem" 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—Galleries.




Photography Professor Eric Sung taught Commyounity Lens this spring and his students presented work in a photo exhibition in April titled ​ "CommYOUnity​​​ Photo exhibition"​.





Dr. Thomas Strasser, a recipient of the 2017 Summer Scholars Award from the School of Art and Sciences, will spend the summer traveling to Greece to complete the analyses of engravings and publication of the Damnoni Stone tools. Project Title: The Domnoni Cave Excavation and the Asphendou Cave Petroglyphs.





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.



Cece​lia Lahiff'18 Art History and Humanities major and Classics minor has been awarded a Providence College Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for her project titled "Brunelleschi and Ancient Rome: The Architecture of Santa Maria degli Angeli".  This program provides funding for stipends and research supplies to help students conduct research and carry out creative projects on or off campus for up to 10 weeks during the summer under the guidance of a faculty member.​Cecelia's mentor for this project is Dr. Paul Crenshaw.This is Cecelia's second research grant awarded by the Providence College Undergraduate Research Committee, after receiving one to research with mentor Dr. Fred Drogula of the Department of History and Classics last summer.

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Professor Heather Leigh McPherson has a project at the RISD Museum:

Raid the Database 3​ is a series of artist-curated digital exhibition projects inspired by the RISD Museum's historic exhibition Raid the Icebox 1 with Andy Warhol. Using the popular Myers-Briggs personality test, local artist Heather Leigh McPherson assigns sixteen objects a personality type, elaborating the connection between form and personality in a poetic, abstract voice. 




Josef Riccio’18 Art History major has been awarded a Providence College Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for his project on Early Presidential Iconography. This program provides funding for stipends and research supplies to help students conduct research and carry out creative projects on or off campus for up to 10 weeks during the summer under the guidance of a faculty member.​ Josef's mentor for this project is Dr. Deborah Johnson. 




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The Work of ASCSA-Affiliated Project leads to first Pre-Neolithic Artifacts on display in Crete. Professor Thomas Strasser and Eleni Panagopoulou co-directed the Plakias Mesolithic Survey.​ Professor  Strasser conducted research this summer at the Asphendou Cave Petroglyph Project in Crete. This research is funded by the Rust Family Foundation, Providence College.
Ancient tools discovered by Strasser team displayed. Stone tools dating back at least 130,000 years that were found on the Greek island of Crete during archaeological research led by a Providence College faculty member are being displayed for the first time in a museum in Crete. The discoveries are significant as they push the history of seafaring in the Mediterranean back by more than 100,000 years and have implications on the colonization of Europe and beyond by early African hominins, our pre- Homo sapiens ancestors.
In 2008 and 2009, Dr.Thomas F.Strasser,professor of art history,led a team of archaeologists and geologists, and several PC undergraduate students,on the Plakias Survey in Crete.It was the first project to identify Mesolithic and Palaeolithic artifacts in datable geologic contexts.The team explored caves in the area around the town of Plakias and discovered stone tools that included traditional microliths,spines,denticulates,end scrapers,and percoirs,as well as bifaces(hand axes),cores,and cleavers. 
Some of the artifacts are now exhibited in a museum in the 16th century church of St.Francis in the western Crete city of Reythmynon.  


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