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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
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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 exploitational. 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.

Special Lecturer Stephen Lacy of Academy Records was a Visiting Artist in Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago on March 12, 2015. Stephen's topic for the presentation was "On Stasis: Engines of Possibility (from here to there eventually).

Professor Heather McPherson has been awarded a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts 2015 Fellowship. Her work was exhibited in the 2015 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition, Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, Salve Regina University on February 13, 2015. Heather's work was also exhibited in a one person show exhibition titled: "A Platform for Traits" in the Reilly Gallery at Providence College, January 14 - February 28, 2015.  

Professor Deborah Johnson presented a paper, “Bey​once’:  Power, Sex, and Subjectivity in the Feminist Politics of Beyoncé (Knowles Carter),” at the Women’s Leadership Conference, Oxford University, Oxford, England, December 8-10, 2014.​

Professor Heather McPherson was a Miami art fair correspondents for Two Coats of Paint. Stay tuned for a couple of photo essays/short texts she’ll write about Art Basel and NADA (New Art Dealers Association) this weekend. 

Sharon Butler started Two Coats of Paint in 2007 to share reviews, commentary, news, and background information about painting and related subjects in 2007. Since then, Two Coats has gained an international following and been sponsored by many organizations, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Pulitzer Foundation, the New York Studio School, and the Brooklyn Museum. The New York Times, New York Observer, NPR, PBS News Hour, The New Criterion, WNYC and other news organizations have all linked to posts on Two Coats of Paint at one time or another.

The Archaeological Institute of America awarded  the Cotsen Excavation Grant intended for “mid-career” project in 2013 to Professor Thomas Strasser, for his work at the Mesolithic site of Damnoni  on Crete.

Professor Deborah Johnson worked with Rhode Island College Professor, Dr. Frances Leazes, Lucas Dieter and Providence College art history major, Patricia Krupinski, on a research paper entitled “Measuring Successful Arts & Culture Strategies” for the College & University Research Collaborative. The organization, a partnership between Rhode Island’s colleges and universities, generates non-partisan research to help lawmakers make economic development decisions. Johnson’s project, which recommended creation of a centralized Rhode Island Arts & Culture sector was one of five conducted by faculty at seven colleges and universities, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. In addition, she continued her research on Rrose Selavy, the gender bending alter ego of Marcel Duchamp, and began work on third wave feminist theory and pop culture icon, Beyoncé​

Lecture: Strategizing the Sacred in the Jerusalem Temple. Professor Joan Branham spoke at Siena College as one of the two scholars in residence. Her presentation was held November 2, 2014  Read more​

Professor James Janecek of the Art and Art History Department recently received the Prix de Print award from Art in Print, a bi-monthly international art publication focused on fine art printmaking. The Prix de Print juror, Andrew Raftery, an artist, historian and professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, discusses J.X.E. 358, Janecek's winning print, at length in the January/February 2014 issue. Read at the article.



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