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The "CommYOUnity: Everyone is a Masterpiece" Photo Exhibition is the culmination of a year-long partnership between the Global Studies, Public & Community Service, and Art & Art History Departments with Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth and the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation’s Youth Resident Activities Program (YouthRAP). In exploring how photography can be used as a tool for voice and social change, the exhibition will showcase a series of abstract portraits highlighting the theme of self-expression and self-identity within one’s own community. It will be a night dedicated to celebrating young artists and the community. Refreshments will be served and donations will be accepted. Proceeds will be given to the partnering organizations, ¡CityArts! and YouthRAP. 
When: Thursday, April 27; Where: 891 Broad Street (Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth); Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm 
Please come and join!"​

The Studio Art Minor Exhibition, Fall Into Place​, will be on display April 20-29, featuring work by Caitlin Conlon, Alexandra Harbour, Allison Herring, Sarah Ryan, Elizabeth Sammarro, Gabrielle Vega, and Sarah Veins.

​​​The Providence College Ceramics Spring Pottery Sale will be held Friday, May 5 from 10 am - 3 pm in the Slavin Atrium. The Providence College Ceramics Department participates in this event each semester. Come by and purchase unique works of pottery created by students and faculty.

Professor Heather Leigh McPherson has a project at the RISD Museum:

Raid the Database 3​ is a series of artist-curated digital exhibition projects inspired by the RISD Museum's historic exhibition Raid the Icebox 1 with Andy Warhol. Using the popular Myers-Briggs personality test, local artist Heather Leigh McPherson assigns sixteen objects a personality type, elaborating the connection between form and personality in a poetic, abstract voice. 

Josef Riccio’18 Art History major has been awarded a Providence College Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for his project on Early Presidential Iconography. This program provides funding for stipends and research supplies to help students conduct research and carry out creative projects on or off campus for up to 10 weeks during the summer under the guidance of a faculty member.​

​This semester Professor Eric Sung teaches Community Lens​ an interdisciplinary course at Providence College which has taken cues from its 2011 iteration and a 2012/2014 course, Visualizing Peace and Justice. This intersiciplinary course explores how photography can aid youth in telling their stories and resulting in greater social change. Additionally, it engages theories of community, civic engagement, and the arts as well as the bare-bones techniques of digital photography.Come see the culmination of their work at:"commYOUnity: Everyone's a Masterpiece" - in Partnership with CityArts and YouthRAP!

When: April 27th Where: CityArts Time: 5:30-7:30 pm 

Painting Professor Heather Leigh McPherson will exhibit her work at Grin Gallery in a solo show titled "Tip of the Nose"  from March 18-April 15, 2017.
Reception March 18, 6-9pm
March 18 - April 15, 2017
60 Valley Street, Unit 3
Providence, RI 02909
p. 401 272 0796
Open Saturdays 12PM - 5PM, and by announcement, appointment, and chance.​


The 8th annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in the Slavin Center. This event is a chance to showcase the excellent scholarly, creative, and service work that Providence College students are doing on campus, in the community, and indeed, around the world.  The Celebration has grown each year, and features students from all class years and from many different departments and disciplines.


The Work of ASCSA-Affiliated Project leads to first Pre-Neolithic Artifacts on display in Crete. Professor Thomas Strasser and Eleni Panagopoulou co-directed the Plakias Mesolithic Survey.​ Professor  Strasser conducted research this summer at the Asphendou Cave Petroglyph Project in Crete. This research is funded by the Rust Family Foundation, Providence College.
Ancient tools discovered by Strasser team displayed. Stone tools dating back at least 130,000 years that were found on the Greek island of Crete during archaeological research led by a Providence College faculty member are being displayed for the first time in a museum in Crete. The discoveries are significant as they push the history of seafaring in the Mediterranean back by more than 100,000 years and have implications on the colonization of Europe and beyond by early African hominins, our pre- Homo sapiens ancestors.
In 2008 and 2009, Dr.Thomas F.Strasser,professor of art history,led a team of archaeologists and geologists, and several PC undergraduate students,on the Plakias Survey in Crete.It was the first project to identify Mesolithic and Palaeolithic artifacts in datable geologic contexts.The team explored caves in the area around the town of Plakias and discovered stone tools that included traditional microliths,spines,denticulates,end scrapers,and percoirs,as well as bifaces(hand axes),cores,and cleavers. 
Some of the artifacts are now exhibited in a museum in the 16th century church of St.Francis in the western Crete city of Reythmynon.