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​​2017 Recognition for Teaching Excellence: Innovation in Teaching: Eric Sung, Associate Professor of Photography. Eric Sung has been awarded the 2017 Innovative Teaching Excellence Recognition. The honor is given to a faculty member who has implemented outstanding innovative teaching approaches that increase student learning and success. Innovative teaching is defined broadly, but necessarily involves creative ways to engage students in the learning process.

A faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History since 2008, Professor Sung teaches courses in traditional dark room techniques, as well as in digital photography. Before joining the PC faculty, Professor Sung served as assistant professor of photography at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Away from PC, Professor Sung has been a sought-after lecturer, presenter, and exhibitor. He has exhibited his works in Alabama, at Texas Tech University, and in the Ping Yao International Photography Festival in Ping Yao, China. His current work is influenced by the ritual performance found in Taoism and Buddhism.

Professor Sung received a bachelor’s degree from Richard Stockton State College (New Jersey) in 2000 and an MFA in photography from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004. Congratulations to Professor Sung on this well-earned honor.


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.


​​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—Galleries.

Photos have been posted to the following Flickr website.  Please be sure to advance when you get to the bottom of the page!



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.





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. 



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patricia-krupinski.jpgPatricia Krupinski'16 Art History major, '18 Master of History went to Poland this summer on the Auschwitz Jewish Center Human Rights Summer Program run by the Auschwitz Jewish Center and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC. The program focused on Jewish rights and contemporary issues that stemmed from the Holocaust and included visits to Auschwitz and Birkenau.Patricia (center black and white blouse) is with the group, the leaders, and translator and Paulina Plaksej​, one of the Righteous (Non-Jews that helped save Jews during the Holocaust.). 



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.


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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