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Jim Janecek and Heather McPherson will exhibit their work in a PC-G show traveling to Chicago. Illinois. [Old/New] Psychedelic Providence 12.4–1.15.17 Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago, Illinois Public Reception: Sunday 12.4.16 12 PM–3 PM


James Janecek, "No. 3D.10.2​," 2016, unique intaglio print, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy the artist.




Heather McPherson, "The Movies," 2014-2015, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 66 x 72 inches. Courtesy the artist.

[Old/New] Psychedelic Providence highlights current manifestations of the psychedelic in the productions of artists living and working in Providence, Rhode Island today. Some iterations involve the typical combination of kaleidoscopic color, intricate rendering and sharply delineated layouts. Still abound are references to Op Art, craft, pop, counterculture and sci-fi ambience. Trippy landscapes allude to the prevalence of the city’s motley mix of Victorian tradition and scenery. Un-stereotypical references to drugs and party culture pop up every once in a while, too. But graphic form and streamlined composition come together in ways they have not before. There is less visual overload, fewer references to collected display and cultural otherness, and more sensitivity towards repetition. The artists in this exhibition restrain the wildest of ways into compact arrangements. They organize dreamy surreal-ness into tight units and orderly editions, suggesting that the psychedelic, while inspirationally boundless, needs some limits… even in psychedelic Providence.


Professor Heather Leigh McPherson is currently exhibiting her art in a group exhibited titled
deCordova New England Biennial 2016​ which runs from October 7, 2016 – March 26, 2017. The deCordova Museum is located in Lincoln, Ma.


The Work of ASCSA-Affiliated Project leads to first Pre-Neolithic Artifacts on display in Crete. Professor Thomas Strasser and Eleni Panagopoulou co-directed the Plakias Mesolithic Survey​.​ Professor  Strasser conducted research this summer at the Asphendou Cave Petroglyph Project in Crete. This research is funded by the Rust Family Foundation, Providence College.

Ancient tools discovered by Strasser team displayed. Stone tools dating back at least 130,000 years that were found on the Greek island of Crete during archaeological research led by a Providence College faculty member are being displayed for the first time in a museum in Crete. The discoveries are significant as they push the history of seafaring in the Mediterranean back by more than 100,000 years and have implications on the colonization of Europe and beyond by early African hominins, our pre- Homo sapiens ancestors.

In 2008 and 2009, Dr.Thomas F.Strasser,professor of art history,led a team of archaeologists and geologists, and several PC undergraduate students,on the Plakias Survey in Crete.It was the first project to identify Mesolithic and Palaeolithic artifacts in datable geologic contexts.The team explored caves in the area around the town of Plakias and discovered stone tools that included traditional microliths,spines,denticulates,end scrapers,and percoirs,as well as bifaces(hand axes),cores,and cleavers.

Some of the artifacts are now exhibited in a museum in the 16th century church of St.Francis in the western Crete city of Reythmynon.  


Professor Deborah Johnson discusses Hillary Clinton's candidacy with Newsweek magazine. Female U.S. Presidential Contenders Before Hillary Clint​on in 2016 by Michele Gorman.​​


 Professor Ann W.Norton, Art History Professor at Providence College presented a lecture titled "Afghanistan's Traditional Arts After Years of Conflict" on Wednesday, October 19th at 5:30pm with a reception to follow.This lecture will take place at Boston University,725 Commonwealth Avenue,Room 303A.This lecture is part of the GSHAAA Lecture Series

 A reception including the work of Professor Jim Janecek, 2016 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition, was held on Thursday Feb. 25, in Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College.Artist's Talk & Closing Reception, Friday March 25, 2016. ​Professor James Janecek holds a degree in Design from The Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University. He teaches courses in the Art Department at Providence College in the fields of Printmaking, Design, and Digital Imaging, has taught innovative special topics courses such as Bauhaus Interactive and Nintendo Drawing and has received two Davis Foundation grants for Drawing with Digital Media.

Professor Eric Sung, Associat​e Professor of Art presented a 2016 Post Sabbatical Talk titled "Photographing Place as Witness" on February 18th in the Great Room, Ruane Center for the Arts. This lecture series is  sponsred by the School of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Ann Norton, Professor of Art History presented a 2016 Post Sabbatical Talk titled "Boots of the Sun-God: Following Bronze Age Migrations" on March 8th in the Great Room, Ruane Center for the Arts. This lecture series is  sponsred by the School of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Ann Norton recently attended a conference in Italy titled: Art and Psyche in Sicily, Layers and Liminality, September 2-6, 2015. The paper Professor Norton presented was titled 'Lost' and 'Found' Archaeology and Meaning.

Professor Thomas Strasser presented his research in a lecture titled "Stone Age Seafaring in the Mediterranean, Very New Evidence for Very Early Mariners"​​​ at the Archaeological Institute of America Philadelphia Society, The William A.​ McDonald Lectureship in Aegean Prehistory. The lecture was held on Monday, September 28, 2015 at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. 

Professor Ann Norton recently returned from Australia where she gave a lecture titled “Following the Sun-God: A Motif and Its Survival,” The 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars, Adelaide, Australia,

Art under attack. ISIS wasn't the first group to destroy ancient art. Hear Dr. Joan Branham of the Providence College Art and Art History Department discuss the destruction of antiquities throughout history. She also discusses how ISIS's videos depicting this destruction serve a clear purpose – as propaganda tools in sync with the group’s monotheistic ideology.

Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, May 2015: "Senate Policy Office Director Marie Ganim credits research by Professors Deborah Johnson of Providence College and Frances J. Leazes Jr. of Rhode Island College on the economic impact of the arts in helping to pass the $35 million Creative and Cultural Economy bond referendum, to support improvements at arts facilities and historic sites read more

Professor Johnson was also recently quoted in a Newsweek article "Could the U.S. Currency Get a Feminist Facelift?"  giving her opinion on this topic. read more​.

Professor Paul Crenshaw tells The Boston Globe that thieves who stole works of art from the Boston Public Library probably "knew what they were looking for. read more​

Professor Johnson was assisted in the original study by Patricia Krupinski'16 art history major, and it was published as: "Should States Invest in the Arts as a Tool for Economic Growth?," The College and University Research Collaborative, May 2015.

Professor Joan Branham participated in the Moskow Workshop on May 10-12, 2015 at Brown University. 

Professor Deborah Johnson has been selected to chair a panel at the CAA, National Conference in Washington, DC Feb. 3-6, 2016. The panel she will chair is titled "Material Culture and Third-Wave Feminism".

While the emergence of a third wave of feminist theorizing in the early 1990s—and recent declarations of its end—is a still-contested phenomenon, there is little question that the emphases of millennial feminists have shifted. In recent feminist production, issues of individual subjectivities, ethical nonuniversality, mainstream political agenda, and sex positivity, among others, have taken on unprecedented prominence. How has third wave impacted the production and perception of material culture? For example, the popular-culture icon Beyoncé has declared herself a “modern-day feminist” while presenting work seen by many as uncritically exploi​tational. Not dissimilarly, the reception of Jeff Koons’s work Made in Heaven has transitioned dramatically from its appearance at the Venice Biennale in 1990 to its 2014 appearance at the Whitney Museum dependent largely upon determinations of the sexual agency of Koons’s subject, Ilona Staller. Papers addressing theoretical issues as they relate to material culture and third-wave feminism as well as monographic analyses of specific artists are equally welcomed.​​