Notable Alumni of Art History
Maura Reilly, BA 1990
Maura Reilly earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Providence College in 1990. While at PC, Ms. Reilly took many Art History courses and formed a close relationship with Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies, Deborah Johnson. In the years following her graduation from PC, Ms. Reilly went on to earn both her Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. In addition to notable scholarly work and writing, Ms. Reilly also served as the founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum from 2003-2008. During her tenure at the museum she was responsible for Co-Curating the critically acclaimed exhibition Global Feminisms with noted Feminist Art scholar Linda Nochlin. She also oversaw the permanent installation of Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, an important installation piece in the history of Feminist Art. Since her departure from the Brooklyn Museum in 2008, she has held Senior Curator positions at American Federation of Art and Location One. Most recently, she has taken on the role of Professor of Art Theory at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Sydney, Australia.
Mark Mazzenga, BA 2002
Mark Mazzenga graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Art History. He went on to receive his Masters in Art History from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and subsequently taught art courses at Princeton day school in New Jersey. After teaching, Mark returned to school and earned his Master’s in Creative Writing from Lesley University. He currently lives in London, England and works as a reader for Penny Marshall’s Parkway Productions. Mark has also found success as a playwright. His debut play A Simple Mind was recently accepted and produced on stage by The Brown Box Theatre in Boston, MA. Mark has remained actively involved with his alma mater. He has served PC as a guest lecturer, visiting an Art History class to speak on Modern Art, and most recently he returned to give a lecture on the nature and value of creativity as a resource in today’s economy.
Mary Tinti, BA
Mary Tinti graduated from Providence College with a B.A. in Art History. Immediately after graduation she served as the registrar for Kraushaar Galleries in New York City. She soon went on to earn her Doctorate at Rutgers University. While at PC, Ms. Tinti served as an intern for WaterFire, the leading public art event in the city of Providence. This internship sparked a deep interest in public sculpture that remains with her today. After receiving her Doctorate, Ms. Tinti returned to WaterFire as Deputy Artistic Director before moving on to other curatorial positions related to public art and sculpture in the Boston area. Today Ms. Tinti serves as a Koch Curatorial Fellow at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She also is a contributing blogger for WGBH Arts where she writes on topics related to the visual arts in Massachusetts.
Notable Alumni of Studio Art
Stephan Brigidi, BA 1973
Stephan Brigidi is a photographer, professor, and writer based in Bristol RI. One of the very first graduates of what was then the new art program at Providence College in 1973, Stephan has felt the impact of his time at the college far into his life. Brigidi, a Providence native, attended PC on a full scholarship provided to him by the knights of Columbus while he was attending nearby Lasalle Academy. Originally a history major, Stephan was drawn into the newly founded Art Department in part due to the dedicated faculty. Stephan cites Fr. Richard McAlister, Professor Emeritus of Studio Art, as a major influence in his development as an artist. Mr. Brigidi notes that the faculty members were both honest and sincere and that the atmosphere in the intimately sized Department was highly nurturing. During his time at PC, through the lens of a liberal arts education, Stephan was able to develop a strong understanding of and appreciation for the context in which historical works of art were made, and why context was so integral to the art making process. Mr. Brigidi cites the emphasis by the faculty of the Department on meaningful critiques and dialogues as a foundational element to his art practice. It was due to these strong critical and practical foundations that Brigidi chose to pursue a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design after his departure from PC. Since moving into the professional sphere, Brigidi has pursued a career of professor, having taught at a wide variety of institutions, from the University of Hawaii, to the University of Connecticut as well as RISD and even a short time teaching at his alma mater. Stephan feels that he brings with him to teaching the same nurturing spirit he saw in his own professors at Providence College. In his work he seeks to draw out the creativity in all of his students, most particularly those who do not come from an art background.
Hendrick Paul, BA 2003
Hendrick Paul is a native Californian who earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography from Providence College in 2003. After graduating from PC, Mr. Paul traveled to Europe where he created an extensive collection of photographic works. He then returned to San Francisco, CA where he received a Post Baccalaureate Certificate and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 and 2009 respectively. His work has been featured at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery Route One in Point Reyes, The Rayko Gallery, and the Evergold Gallery in San Francisco and at the Creative Center for Photography in Los Angeles. He has received numerous awards for his photographs including an honorable mention in the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2009 national photography show, two judges awards for Art in the Redwoods 2008 national juried show, and a third place in the Paul Sack Building Award 2008 contest.