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3-D Drawing and Printing Class

​Students recently completed their first print for this Special Topics class. Please stop by the hallway in Hunt-Cavanagh to see their stunning work. 

Our Moment Launch Celebration

Father Shanley helps to create a ​mural in honor of Providence College's "Our Moment Campaign Launch Celebration" over Saint Dominic Weekend, Oct. 3,4, and 5th.​

Drawing with Charcoal

​Students in a drawing class experiment with ground charcoal to create layers of value.

Painting Portraits

​A student works on a self portrait in painting class.

Paintings In Progess

Students discuss their paintings in progress with professor Heather McPherson.

Department of Art & Art History

Our curriculum has been planned to provide a thorough experience in Studio Art and Art History within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts environment. All of our students begin with a series of foundation courses that establish a visual literacy and point the way toward a specific medium or topic of interest. As this personal awareness develops, a studio concentration or art historical subject gradually becomes focused into a thesis in the senior year. The capstone of the Art and Art History curriculum, the thesis project becomes an exhibition in one of our galleries for Studio majors and a public presentation of their research thesis for Art History majors. As a final appreciation of our students' accomplishments, all thesis projects are published in the Department's own imprint, the Art Journal.

Our students' efforts are not limited to coursework. We have a thriving Art Club that hosts the campus-wide Student Art Show every fall, presents a Crafts Fair and shares in presenting an Art and Music Festival in the spring. As important as these activities are, the students in the Art Club have also, for three years, volunteered to establish an Art Club and teach studio art at San Miguel Academy in Providence , earning a Providence College Distinguished Service Award for their efforts. We are an active and dedicated Department with many options in Studio and Art History.

The Arts at Providence College from Providence College on Vimeo.


Elizabeth Fitzgerald is now working as an administrator at Intent Media in New York.  In 2012, Intent was voted the 7th best place to work in NYC by Crain's New York.

The Providence College art journal has been the capstone experience for the Art and Art History students since the inception of the Department.


View Student Work

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Please also take a look at our Digital Commons Content Pro where Providence College seniors display their artwork in the area of their concentration. These areas include Ceramics, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture.

Greek-American Collaborative Project


Dr. Strasser continues his work on The Plakias Stone Age Project

News & Events


Studio Art Majors Group Show Fusion: October 23 - November 1, Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery. Read More​


Lecture: Strategizing the Sacred in the Jerusalem Temple. Dr. Joan Branham has been invited to Siena College as one of the two scholars in residence. Her presentation will be held November 2, 2014 from 2 to 5 pm. Read more​

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New York City Museum Bus Trip: The Art and Art History Department is sponsoring the annual Bus Trip to New York City on Saturday,
November 8th. For more information email

What's Next? A discussion on grad school, internships, and careers with PC's Studio Art and Art History Faculty. Join us in Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery on November 19, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30.


Featured Class for Spring 2015: Learn History of Architecture Through Photography with professors Ann Norton and Eric Sung. See More under Current Events



Artist, Peter Tigler created an interactive "paint by number" mural in honor of Providence College's "Our Moment Campaign Launch Celebration" over Saint Dominic Weekend, Oct. 3,4, and 5th. Students, faculty, and guests joined in as artists and watched the group effort come to life. Click here for more information.



Featured Art History Class: Classics in Translation: Trips to Hell & other Horrors of Greco-Roman Mythology with Professor Tom Strasser. See more under Current Events. ​ 


Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity