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Professor Heather Leigh McPherson will exhibit her work at 186 Carpenter in Providence from 4/23/14-7/21/14. There will be an opening Wednesday April 23 from 7:00-9:00pm and a gallery talk on Tuesday April 29 from 7:00-8:00pm.

 
 

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History in Color 

 

 

Big news from our newest faculty member, Nora Rabins, in 3 D Design whose work was featured in an exhibit in Tiverton RI. The opening reception was Sunday, March 2nd, at the Meeting House, 3850 Main Road.  

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Professor Heather McPherson has been selected as an artist in residence at the Wassaic Artist Residency.

 

  
The Wassaic Residency Program cultivates and supports community for emerging and professional contemporary artist, writers and other creatives. Housed in historic, landmark buildings, the residency program offers nine artists each month the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community. The Wassaic Residency seeks artists, such as Heather, working in a diverse range of media who want to produce, explore, challenge, and expand on their current art making practices, while participating in a grass roots, community-based arts organization. Congratulations Heather!

 

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 Deborah Johnson and Fran Leazes Working on the College and University Research Collaborative

 

 
 
To assess the feasibility and direction of further development of the arts and culture sector in Rhode Island, Deborah Johnson and Fran Leazes, Jr., along with PC student Patricia Krupinsky and RIC students Lucas Dieter and Maria Murcia-Lopez, have been awarded a grant by the College and University Research Collaborative. Specifically, they will address the industry-based resources and standards that are available to measure the economic development impact of investments in the arts in Rhode Island and the strategies other states and communities have successfully implemented for supporting their arts and cultural economy.
 
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 Dr. Joan R. Branham of the Department of Art and Art History selected as Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Dr. Joan R. Branham of the Department of Art and Art History has been selected as the first Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, effective January 2014.

The purpose of creating this associate dean position is to expand the ability of the School of Arts & Sciences to work with its constituents.  In this new position, Dr. Branham’s duties will largely be focused on faculty development, including initiatives to help faculty to achieve professional success, particularly with regard to scholarship activities, and she will also assume responsibility for some existing faculty affairs functions within the School.  In addition, Dr. Branham will participate in initiatives to foster the liberal arts mission of Providence College.

Dr. Branham joined the Providence College faculty in 1995 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and Professor in 2009.  She served as a research associate and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2001-02 and was Acting Director of the Harvard Women’s Studies in Religion Program in 2007-08.  She has also been Chair of Fellowships (since 2004) and Vice President (2006-12) for the W.F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research in Jerusalem.  At Providence College, Dr. Branham was Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence from 2003-07 and has chaired the Department of Art and Art History since 2008.  Her teaching and publications have focused on sacred space in late-antique architecture as well as modern reconstructions of the Holy Land.  Dr. Branham will transition to her new role as Associate Dean during her final semester as chair in Spring 2014.  Among her many service activities at Providence College, Dr. Branham was a valued member of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Council from 2009-13.

Dr. Branham’s professional experiences have demonstrated her interest and ability in promoting faculty support initiatives, her leadership, organizational, collaboration, team building, and planning skills, and her ability to think broadly to serve as an advocate for the arts & sciences.

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Ann Norton's Article Published in National Geographic

 
 
 
The arts of Afghanistan tell the story of this country’s history of radical change. This article illustrates how the traditional craft of carpet weaving has taken on modern themes, producing a war-related art form. The author also describes several organizations that have arisen to teach traditional art forms and business-oriented subjects to young Afghan students.
 
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Thomas Strasser's Greek-American Collaborative Project

 

 

Art History professor, Dr. Thomas Strasser has recently created an extensive, interactive website that explains his Plakias Stone Age Project which takes place in Greece. This Greek-American collaborative project funds research on the Stone Age discoveries around the village of Plakias in southwest Crete. To learn more about the project, click the link  and visit the website:  Plakias Stone Age Project 

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Heather McPherson Featured on Art Blog

 
 

Painting Professor, Heather McPherson, was recently recognized on the art blog, "Two Coats of Paint". Blogger, Sharon Butler displays Heather's work on her website and discusses the process behind it all. To read the full story and see Heather's artwork click on the following link: Two Coats of Paint

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Professor Joan Branham to be Featured in Film

 
Art History Professor, Dr. Joan Branham will be featured in PBS NOVA's "The Unshakable Hagia Sophia." premiering in 2014. Dr. Branham, a specialist on Medieval Art, was filmed and interviewed in San Vitale in Ravenna and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
 
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James Baker Installation 

 

Professor Emeritus of Studio Art James Baker is featuring his work From The Hermetic Museum at Salve Regina University. His installation will be exhibited from November 14 - December 19. The gallery installation is comprised of objects and images evoking the working spirit of a studio.

 

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 John Fazzino Raku Ceramics Project

 

On Saturday, October 26th, Ceramics faculty member, John Fazzino orchestrated an outdoor Raku Firing. The group worked outside the ceramics building in this Japanese pottery process.

 

The pieces of pottery are taken out of kiln while still glowing and placed into a container of combustible materials to cool.  These materials cause a reducing atmosphere which create the intense colors and patterns.

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Kim Wimprine Exhibits Her Work  

 
 
On October 10th, a reception was held for our new ceramics professor, Kim Wimprine's installation at RISD's Ceramics Department's Triennial in the Woods Gerry Gallery.  Kim's work combines different media such as wood and rope and incorporates her ceramic elements in one unique installation.
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Joan Branham Gives Lecture on Dead Sea Scrolls 

 

Art History Professor, Dr. Joan Branham gave a lecture titled, "Jerusalem and Qumran at the Time of the Dead Sea Scrolls" at Temple Emanu-E in Providence, on October 8th. This lecture was in conjunction with the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition at the Boston Museum of Science.

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 Eric Sung Leading Service Trip to Ecuador

 

Photography professor, Eric Sung, is leading a service trip with Political Science professor, Jeff Pugh to Ecuador from January 4th to January 18th, 2014. The program, "Visualizing Peace and Justice" will combine photography as well as political science in one, interdisciplinary course. Eric Sung explains that, "the purpose of the program is to explore how art and photography are used to bring about social change, engage in political activism, and create spaces for reconciliation after conflict."

Students will stay in an indigenous village, living with families, for a week. While in the village, students will work with the families and other members of the community on a photography service project. The group will then move to the capital city of Quito, where they will visit the Center for Meditation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict. Students will work with local elementary schools on an anti-bullying and conflict resolution training program. The program's emphasis on service and politics will use photography as a way to raise further awareness about these issues. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to establish a stronger academic community without violence and a greater focus on peace.

 If interested, please contact Eric Sung, mastersung@providence.edu or Jeff Pugh jpugh@providence.edu for further information about the application process.

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Heather McPherson Exhibits Work in New York City

 

Painting Professor, Heather McPherson exhibited her work in a show titled, Eastern Argus: One Hundred Eyes. The exhibit is was held in the TNC Gallery in Manhattan from August 24th-September 30th. Click Here For Art Blog

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Sara Young Receives Prestigious Residency

 

Sara Young, Gallery Director at Providence College has been awarded an artist residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington for June 2014. 

 

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