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Suzanne D'Avanzo

The Department of Art and Art History mourns the loss of their colleague and friend Suzanne D’Avanzo who passed away on Saturday November 29, 2014. Suzanne was an Associate Professor of Art  who taught drawing and printmaking at Providence College for many years..
Some memories of Suzanne: 
She was a smart, sassy, thoughtful colleague whose art, family and teaching were at the center of her life. My husband Harry (Henry L.P. Beckwith) was one of her teachers at RISD and he recalls her inventive work in his relief and experimental printmaking class, and his pleasure at meeting her again at Providence College.
Alice Beckwith
When my daughter Manya was born in 1997, she received her first gift of drawing from my colleague Suzanne.  It was a beautiful sketch of a panda and the piece hung for years in my daughter's room.  I think its presence helped inspire my daughter to keep a sketch book with her and draw, which she does to this day.  We will always think fondly of Suzanne. 
Joan Branham
Suzanne was a wonderful artist and dedicated teacher. When I first started working in the department in 1997, Suzanne went out of her way to be helpful and make me feel at home.
Harriet Pappas





Friday, December 5, 2014, 1 - 4pm
PC Galleries’ Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery
PC Galleries at Providence College hosted “Artists Forum: A Printmaking Mini-Symposium” in conjunction with Helsingistä, a two-person exhibition by Helsinki-based printmakers Valpuri Kylmänen and Ari Pelkonen. The symposium highlighted the production of six distinguished Rhode Island printmaking artists and scholars who presented short lectures on their work and shared their varied perspectives on the world of printmaking. 
Featured speakers: Henry Ferreira; Elizabeth Ferrill; Stephen Fisher; James Janecek; Alice O’Neill; Andrew Raftery
Moderator: Jamilee Polson Lacy, Curator at PC Galleries
“Artists Forum: A Printmaking Mini-Symposium” is free and open to the public. It is co-organized by Providence College Associate Professor of Art James Janecek and PC Galleries’ Curator Jamilee Polson Lacy and made possible through the support of Providence College’s Department of Art & Art History.
About Artists Forum
Working artists play an important role in public understanding and contemporary art education. PC Galleries’ colloquia series Artists Forum brings local and internationally recognized artists, critics, art professionals and more into the Galleries to expand on a theme or discipline, to share elements of their creative journeys, and to inspire and challenge Providence College students and Providence area audiences. “Artists Forum: A Printmaking Mini-Symposium” is presented within the Helsingistä exhibit, which closes January 17, 2015.

 Have you ever wondered how to live a life in the arts after college?

What's Next - a discussion of grad school, internships and careers with PC's Studio Art and Art History faculty took place on Wednesday November 19, 2014 in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery. 


Ceramics Holiday Pottery Sale

The ceramics sale took place on Friday December 5th in the Fish Bowl at Slavin Center.


2014 - 2015 Art History Senior Thesis Topic Presentations


Rita Callahan, Caitlin Coor and Nicole Lania presented their thesis topics on October 16, 2014 in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery. The Art History Thesis Symposium will take place Tuesday December 16 from 4-6pm in the Reilly Gallery.

Peter Tigler Interactive Mural

Artist, Peter Tigler created an interactive "paint by number" mural in honor of Providence College's "Our Moment Campaign Launch Celebration" over Saint Dominic Weekend. The mural involved students, faculty, and guests to join in and watch the work come to life. Click here for video

Artist Talk- Peter Tigler

The Department of Art & Art History hosted an artist's talk by participatory muralist Peter Tigler. This mural artist is based in Santa Monica, CA, and creates large-scale public works aimed at engaging audiences from all walks of life in making/ performing art. He designed a mural for Providence College's Sport-Art initiative in 2012 that coordinated the efforts of PC students, artists, athletes, alumni, and other community participants in a collaborative painting process connecting the themes of art, sport, gender, and identity. Returning this fall for St. Dominic's weekend and the launch of PC's Next Century Campaign, Tigler led a new mural project highlighting the College's liberal arts mission, community, education, and spirituality. Read more about this event.​
Sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, the Office of Institutional Advancement and the School of Arts & Sciences.

 Study in Greece 

The Art Department in conjunction with the History Department at Providence College offered an amazing opportunity to study in Greece. The three credit course, The Rise of Greek Civilization was a survey of Greek history taught through the unique combination of archaeology, architecture, history and religion. Art History professor and archaeology specialist, Dr. Thomas Strasser took students to specific, historical archaeological sites in order to learn about Greek culture. Dr. Fred Drogula, professor of Ancient History lectured students at these various sites to further understand Greece's rich history. The course was offered as a Maymester Program and began with a week of rigorous classes on campus at Providence College from May 19th through the 23rd, 2014. The course was then followed by a twelve day trip to Greece where students were able to work and study on site with the professors.

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