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Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5:30pm Bowab Theatre, Smith Center for the Arts Providence College, Providence, RI 02918

The enormous potential of what art can do as Art always emerges when artists deal with the laws, limits and history of a specific medium. The semantic depth of painterliness can only be adequately appreciated if it is understood as the result of a process of dialogue with the medium’s diverse canons. Referring to this idea as “painting qua painting” in her catalogue essay for The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, an exhibition on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, curator Laura Hoptman conjures a timely dialogue amongst painters, curators, critics and art historians about painting and simultaneity in today’s digital age of instant information. On the occasion of Heather Leigh McPherson: A Platform for Traits, PC Galleries brings together prestigious members of the Providence art community for the Painting qua Painting panel discussion in an attempt to expand and add to this conversation as it relates to panel guests’ own practices and roles as contemporary art professionals.

Featured panelists: Nick Carter (Painter), Alexis Lowry Murray (Curator, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University), Heather Leigh McPherson (Painter and Providence College Professor of Art) and Dominic Molon (Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, RISD Museum)

Moderator: Jamilee Polson Lacy (Curator, PC Galleries)
RSVP requested by Monday, February 16th at 5pm to

About PC Galleries

PC Galleries at Providence College present exhibitions and public programs focusing on contemporary art, innovative artistic practice and interdisciplinary cultural activity. Operating within two gallery spaces as part of
the Department of Art & Art History, the Galleries support the educational, service and community-oriented mission of the College with dynamic visual arts productions, including those that foster audience participation, cross-departmental collaboration at the College and cultural exchange at local, national and international levels. The Galleries ultimately strive to produce projects by artists and intellectuals who demonstrate how and why creative practitioners are vital forces in promoting diversity and shaping contemporary global culture.

All PC Galleries exhibitions and public programs are free and open to the public.​


Axis Mundi: New Work by Gina Occhiogrosso, Anne Austin Pearce, Frank Poor and Jonathan Sharlin will be in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery, February 4 - March 21, 2015. Closing Reception will be Thursday March 19, 5-7pm.

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