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Secret of Photo 51 - Meet the unsung heroine behind the discovery of DNA's double helix

 
Thursday, March 20, 4:00-6:00 - Film Screening and Panel in Guzman Hall 250
Brenda Maddox, author of Rosalind Franklin:The Dark Lady of DNA and Gary Glassman, film producer, director, and writer and faculty participants from the School of Arts and Sciences.
 
 
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The art of science at Providence College

Surprising Realities 

 

January 21 - March 21, 2014


 

 

The Art and Art History department is actively involved in Providence College's event titled Surprising Realities. The year long event is sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences and involves the Departments of Art and Art History, Biology, Chemistry and Women's Studies. Its goal is to combine the art of science through a series of art exhibits, lectures, and films. The Art Department's exhibits are focused around a number of different scientific themes. The upcoming exhibition, Museum of Mistakes, involves the art and science of discovery. 
 
 
 
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Study in Greece!

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Art Department in conjunction with the History Department at Providence College is offering an amazing opportunity to study in Greece. The three credit course, The Rise of Greek Civilization will be 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 will take students to specific, historical archaeological sites in order to learn about Greek culture. Dr. Fred Drogula, professor of Ancient History will also be lecturing students at these various sites to further understand Greece's rich history. The course is offered as a Maymester Program and will begin with a week of rigorous classes on campus at Providence College from May 19th through the 23rd. The course will then be followed by a twelve day trip to Greece where students will be able to work and study on site with the professors.
 
Please contact either Dr. Thomas Strasser of the Art History Department or Dr. Fred Drogula of the History Department for more information.
 
 
 

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Eileen Donavan'14 art history major & and Kristen Kern'14 

 
  
 
 Eileen Donavan art history major ’15 created three dimensional moving mountains for Providence JUMP Dance Company annual performance of “Scenes from the Polar Express” performed in Providence December 2013.Kristen Kern studio art major ’14 created two painted backdrops as well for this performance.
 
 
 

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Global Service Learning Trip ​

 
 
  
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Photography professor Eric Sung, along with other student and faculty leaders participated in the service trip, "Quito, Ecuador: Visualizing Peace and Justice" this past January.

 
 
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Visiting Artist Sarah Faux

 

 
Artist, Sarah Faux gave a talk in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery on Wednesday, October 23rd. Faux, a painter has received great recognition for her work since graduating from RISD in 2009. Her group show "Dying on Stage: New Painting in New York" was recently reviewed in Modern Painters.
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Museum of Mistakes

 

Dorothy Shultz and Louise Barry are exhibiting their work, Museum of Mistakes in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery from November 11th-December 13th. The show celebrates the imperfect process of discovery. The project explores the excesses of human error and dead-ends of past ingenuity. This collection of found objects, informative documents, and obvious forgeries creates a makeshift commentary on the inherent fragility and inconsistency of truth and knowledge.
 
 
 
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Lumin Wakao Artist Reception

 

Artist Lumin Wakao spoke in the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery on Thursday, October 17th. She discussed the inspiration and process behind her exhibit, for the first citizens of the moon. The exhibit combined a number of different media including painting, sculpture, and video.
 
 
  
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Branham's Students Explore Sacred Spaces in Judaism, Christianity,
and Islam

 
 
  
PC students were guests of Imam Ikram at the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in N. Smithfield as part of Professor Joan Branham's Sacred Space class in the spring of 2013. Read more in a related article about Dr. Branham's sacred space course in The Cowl.
 
 
 
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New Outdoor Classrooms Enhance Teaching, Learning

 
 
 
 
A new art garden constructed behind Hunt-Cavanagh Hall is an experimental outdoor classroom that will serve as a learning laboratory for Providence College students.
 
Professors of studio arts such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photography can take classes to the garden, which was completed this fall and serves as a nature lab for students, said Dr. Joan R. Branham, professor of art history and chair of the Department of Art and Art History.
 
Campus officials and department members developed the plans over four years and worked with architects the last two years to prepare the site in the northeast corner of Hunt-Cavanagh, a T-shaped building on PC’s East Campus.
 
The planners researched plants, trees, and shrubs that create interesting natural forms for drawing, painting, and photographing. "This is really a place for setting up easels, taking classes outside,” Branham said.
 
One circular area features a harder landscaped surface made of compacted gravel that will support easels and art. The plantings radiate out, Branham said, partially shielding the view of the parking lot behind. The new garden also preserves several existing mature evergreen trees, she said.
 
 
The garden also will be “a really beautiful multifunctional space for communal gatherings,” Branham said. The Department of Art and Art History regularly hosts Gallery Night Providence events as well as celebrations when new exhibits open on campus. The garden has night lighting to accommodate those activities, she said. Photos of the construction of the new art garden in progress can be viewed on the department’s Facebook page.
 
 
This construction is the first phase of a plan to improve the aesthetics of the area around Hunt-Cavanagh Hall. A sinuous path from the garden will connect to the path in front of the hall, where bricks and paving stones will be installed, as well as a labyrinth, Branham said.
 
 
In addition to the new garden, several other outdoor instructional spaces have been constructed or are being planned on the College’s Main Campus, said Mark F. Rapoza ’90SCE, assistant vice president for capital projects and facilities planning.
 
 
The College recently built a seating area between Aquinas and Moore halls where classes can be held in good weather. Now, professors can assemble with their students on wooden benches and on a low, circular wall. Memorial bricks purchased by alumni will be installed there as well.
 
 
In addition, two informal outdoor classroom spaces will be created in conjunction with the Ruane Center for the Humanities, which is scheduled to open in September 2013. One will be an amphitheater-style seating area between the Phillips Memorial Library and the Ruane Center.
 
 
The committee that developed the academic program for the Ruane Center submitted the idea for the outdoor space as one of the features it felt should be included, said Charles J. Haberle, assistant vice president for academic affairs. “We see people sitting outside in public spaces,” he said. “In this case, it was done more purposefully … and set up in a way that is hopefully conducive to classroom discussion.”
 
 
The amphitheater could seat as many as 40 to 50 students, Rapoza said.
 
 
A bioswale, which filters water and runoff, also will be constructed on the west side of the Albertus Magnus-Hickey-Sowa science complex through the stormwater management plan mandated by the Narragansett Bay Commission as part of the construction of the Ruane Center. The plantings will be coordinated so it could serve as an outdoor laboratory, Rapoza said.
 
 
“This gives us an opportunity to not only make it aesthetically pleasing but also to introduce an educational, programmatic component that just makes sense,” Rapoza said.
 
 
 
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 Renowned Artist Lectures at Providence College  

 

Renowned digital media and performance artist Miwa Matreyek visited Providence College on Thursday, October 11 2012 to give an artist talk on her body of work and projects she is currently working on. Matreyek has presented her work throughout the world including shows in Brazil, Scotland, Turkey, and Paris. She has also been a featured lecture on the TED lecture series. Her talk was sponsored by FirstWorks, a Providence based organization who works to "bring art to audiences".
 
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