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Kara Flanagan, Studio Art major 2014 recently spent six weeks in Huanchaco, Peru teaching autistic and blind children. She will be coming home in mid July.
William Ruggiero, Art History major class of 2008 recently became an assistant curator at the Chicago Institute of Art. He is an art historian and critic with two centers of interest: Latin American art, and current trends in socially engaged art practice.  William has been involved in community teaching, programming, and civic engagement, developing different curricula in China as well as in the United States.  Curatorial projects are of particular interest to him, as he considers his fields of focus to demand more scholarly and curatorial exploration.  Currently, he is writing his thesis on Domingo Álvarez, the first at length critical conversation about the Venezuelan architect and urbanist of the sixties. In addition to his curatorial fellowship,  he is dedicated to researching as a curatorial assistant for Sullivan Galleries on an upcoming exhibition in 2014 that will focus on Chicago social practice.

Mary Margaret O'Brien, Art History Class of 2009  is teaching "Learning Through Art" at the Guggenheim Museum. In this artist residency program, Mary teaches children artistic creativity by designing sustained, process oriented art projects that support learning across the curriculum. The children's art can be seen displayed in the Guggenheim Museum.

PC alum Dominic Quagliozzi, Studio Art Minor Class of 2004, received his MFA from Cal State LA two years ago in multimedia. Below is a  short essay he wrote about his recent encounter with one of his favorite paintings, Orange Sweater by Elmer Bischoff. Dom was up at Stanford U Hospital being evaluated for a double lung transplant (he has cystic fibrosis which has reached a serious stage) and his mother somehow arranged for him to visit the painting, which was in the back rooms at SFMOMA, as a birthday treat.

Dom also did a performance just this week in which he had the scar from the hoped-for transplant painted onto his chest by a makeup artist. More info on Dom's use of his medical situation in his art, with video interview, here:




Of Arts and Liberal Arts: Investment at Providence College


By Michael Rose


Mike Rose, Art History Class of 2013, recently published an article about the Art Department on Big Red and Shiny. 


Mike is a freelance writer and contributor to the Daily Red blog, where he writes on architecture. He also writes for a local magazine called SOCO. He is freelancing with Cathy Bert Gallery managing all of her social media and has a similar position with WaterFire.  He is on the communications committee at the Art League of RI.


Mike recently accepted a position as the Gallery Coordinator at the Providence Art Club in Providence, RI.

Paul Cenofanti, Studio Art Class of 2012, is now working at Shepley Bulfinch, an architecture firm in the Seaport District of Boston as a General Office Assistant. He will be attending school for Graphic Design at MassArt and plans to earn a certificate in Graphic Design in two years.



Laura Duclos, Studio Art Class of 2009, is working as a graphic designer for WaterFire in Providence.


Maura M. Reilly, Art History Class of 1990, was appointed executive director of the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio. She manages the art collection, implements the exhibition program, and recommends acquisitions. She also takes part in an independent public institution, Artpace, that focuses on contemporary art in San Antonio.                                  




Anthony V. Riccio, Studio Art Class of 1974 was invited by the City of Amalfi, Italy to display his photography exhibit, "From Italy to America-The Photographs of Anthony Riccio" for six months beginning in October 2013.




Marie-Claire Lamarre, Art History Class of 1996 has Completed Her 100th Mural Of "Green Monster".




Congratulations to Mike Rekola, Art History Class of 2008 for graduating from Roger Williams University School of Law this spring.




Alex Fallone, Art History Class of 2013 began her masters in Theology this fall at Providence College.




Congratulations to Helena Gomez, Art History Class of 2012, for completing her MA at the prestigious Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England. Helena has also just recently been hired as the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Museo de Ponce in Puerto Rico. She writes about her new position, "As the Exhibitions Coordinator I am in charge of the logistics of bringing everything together for the exhibition, from creating the labels, editing and writing text panels, aiding in the designing of the brochure and invitation, coordinating with the different departments such as registration and the conservation lab when the artworks art ready to be installed. I also deal with rights and reproduction requests. As curatorial assistant, I also attend to the correspondence coming into the department, from liaisoning with artists to replying to various letters/requests. Upcoming projects include the Collections Committee where I have been involved in preparing the documents that will be reviewed, having to deal with issues of de-accessioning artworks, approval of works being donated and loan requests."


Althea Ruoppo, Art History Class of 2011, She recently received her MA in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University. Althea was just named a Semmes Foundation Fellow in Museum Studies at The McNay Art Museum, in San Antonio, Texas.




Marisa Woods, Studio Art Class of 2011, has started her own handmade and personally designed card company. Be sure to look up her website at


Mark Mazzenga, Art History class of 2002 Makes His Playwriting Premier

Mark Mazzenga, a graduate in the class of 2002 in Art History, debuted his maiden venture in playwriting in April 2012 in Boston. A Feeble Mind, which premiered at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for The Arts and was produced by The Brown Box Theatre Project, tells the story of a struggling couple in the 1950's who are involved in the controversial eugenics movement. The play was also shown in Ocean City, Maryland, the hometown of its director Kevin Taustin. In addition to writing his own plays, he also works as a reader for Penny Marshall's Parkway Productions.  
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