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Art & Art History Past Events


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.

Global Learning Service Trip 

Eric Sung, Professor of Photography, led an interdisciplinary program entitled, "Visualizing Peace and Justice," which involved a two-week January intersession trip to Ecuador followed by a Spring-semester course that he co-taught with Professor Jeff Pugh in Political Science. The purpose of the program was to explore how art and photography are used to bring about social change, engage in political activism, and create spaces for reconciliation after conflict.

To learn more about the trips click the link below. Website created by Studio Art major Jessica Ho, class of 2014.​




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.

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. 

CityArts for Youth Photo Display Features Work of PC Students in Providence, Ecuador


Providence, R.I. — The photography of Providence College students who studied the theme “Visualizing Peace and Justice” in Providence and in Ecuador is on display in the gallery at CityArts for Youth, 891 Broad St., Providence, through Friday, April 20.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A closing reception will be held on Thursday, April 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a speaking program at 6:30 p.m. Among the speakers will be Barbara Wong, executive director for CityArts, and Matthew W. Gendron ’12 (Lowell, Mass.), a PC student. 
The “Visualizing Peace and Justice” exhibit is the result of two courses offered this semester — Global Community Lens, taught by Dr. Nicholas V. Longo ’96, associate professor of public and community service studies and director of the Global Studies Program, and Eric E. Sung, assistant professor of photography, and Peace and Justice, taught by Dr. Jeffrey D. Pugh, assistant professor of political science.
The courses included two service-learning projects. In February, students taught photography to children and took photos at CityArts, a nonprofit organization that provides free art education to children ages 8-14.
In March, the PC students traveled on an Alternative Spring Break trip to Quito, Ecuador, where they worked with a nonprofit founded by Pugh, the Center for Mediation, Peace and the Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC).
The goal was to use photography to share ideas, experiences, and stories about peace and justice with the local community. Photographs on display will include works taken in Providence and in Quito, Pijal, and Otavalo, Ecuador.
“We really hope that the Providence community will come to our photography exhibit and see the end product of our trip to Ecuador and our volunteer work with local youth,” said Alex Finn-Atkins ’12 (Springfield, Mass.). “It has been a rewarding experience to take different points of view on peace and justice and unite them as one exhibit."
— Vicki-Ann Downing

Museum Bus Trip to New York City


The Department of Art and Art History sponsored a bus trip to New York City to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum. The trip took place Saturday, April 5th, 2014.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
 — Liz F. Kay

 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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