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Wonderful Faculty

​Professor Joan Branham shares her knowledge with an independent study student.

History Influencing Our Education

​The new labyrinth at the entry of the Department of Art and Art History

Olivia Meyers '14

As a ​Studio Art Major, Olivia's exhibit titled "Skeptical Magnetism" and was on display in the Reilly Gallery from March 31 - April 4, 2014.

Katherine Kaiser '14

​As a ​Studio Art Major, Katherin'e exhibit titled "Kinetic Meditation" was on display in the
Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery from March 31 - April 4, 2014.

Katerine Ryan '14

​As a ​Studio Art Major, Katherine's exhibit titled "Kinetic Meditation" was on display in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery from March 31 to
April 4, 2014. 

Grant from the College and University Research Coolaborative

Professor Deborah Johnson, RIC Professor Fran Leazes, Patricia Krupinsky, and Lucas Dieter.

The Rise of Greek Civilization

​Professor Thomas Strasser, Department of Art History and Professor Fred Drogula, Department of History will lead students on a Maymester trip to Greece this spring. 

Grant Bay '14

​As a Studio Art Major Grant's exhibit titled "head first only" will be on display in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery from April 7 - April 12.  Please join us for the opening reception Friday April 11, 6:00-8pm.

Kara Flanagan '14

​As a Studio Art Major Kara's exhibit titled "Plainville" will be on display in the Reilly Gallery from April 7 - April 12. 2014. Please join us for the opening reception Friday April 11, 5:00-7:00pm.

Kristen Kern '14

​As a Studio Art Major Kristen's exhibit titled "Arsy-Versy Fairytales" will be on display in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery from April 14 - April 25.  Please join us for the opening reception Friday April 25, 5:00-7:00pm.

Jessica Ho'14

​As a Studio Art Major, Jessica's exhibit titled "The Auto Show" will be on display in the Reilly Gallery from April 14 - April 25. Please join us for the opening reception Tuesday April 22, 5-7pm.
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.

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


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

Study In Greece


Providence College's Departments of Art History & History present, Maymester 2014: The Rise of Greek Civilization.


 Art History Professor Featured in Upcoming Film



Dr. Joan Branham will be contributing her expertise in PBS NOVA's "The Unshakable Hagia Sophia." premiering in 2014. Dr. Branham, a specialist on Medieval Art, is filmed and interviewed in San Vitale in Ravenna and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

News & Events


Studio Art Major Kristen Kern '14 is exhibiting her work in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery from
April 14 - April 25. Please join us for the reception on Friday April 25 from 5:00-7:00pm.



Studio Art Major Jessica Ho '14 is exhibiting her work in the Reilly Gallery from April 14 - April 25. Please join us for the reception on Tuesday
April 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.


Professor Susan Lyman's paintings are featured in a two-person exhibition at the Global Headquarters of Cell Signaling Technology, a biotechnology firm and division of New England Biolabs. The exhibit runs from March 22- May 10. Please join Susan at the reception, Wednesday, April 16 from 4:00-5:30 pm.
3 Trask Lane, Danvers, Ma.,


Professor Heather Leigh McPherson will exhibit her work at 186 Carpenter in Providence from 4/23/14-7/21/14. There will be an opening Wednesday April 23 from 7:00-9:00pm and a gallery talk on Tuesday April 29 from 7:00-8:00pm.




PC Magazine: Featuring Art Department 


Works of Art: Enhanced facilities anchor PC’s new visual arts district.




Dr. Joan R. Branham of the Department of Art and Art History has been selected as the first Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, effective January 2014. Read more in Faculty News under News/Events.

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