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Special Lecturer Stephen Lacy

                Art Institute of Chicago


​Professor Heather McPherson 


Professor Heather McPherson has been awarded a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts 2015 Fellowship. Her work will be exhibited in the 2015 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition, Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, Salve Regina University

Opening Reception - Friday, February 13, 2015, 6-9pm
Writers Night - Friday, February 26, 6:30-8:30pm
Artists Talk & Closing Reception - Friday, March 6
Hours - Tues & Thurs 11AM-6PM, Wed & Fri 11AM-5PM, Sat & Sun Noon-4PM


Professor Heather McPherson

​Please stop by the Reilly Gallery to see Professor Heather McPherson's one person exhibit titled: 


Solo Exhibition at Reilly Gallery, January 14 – February 28, 2015
Painting qua Painting Panel Discussion: Tuesday, February 17, 5:30pm


Professor Deborah Johnson

Professor Deborah Johnson presented a paper, “Beygency’:  Power, Sex, and Subjectivity in the Feminist Politics of Beyoncé (Knowles Carter),” at the Women’s Leadership Conference, Oxford University, Oxford, England, December 8-10, 2014.​


Professor Heather McPherson 

Professor Heather McPherson acted as one of the Miami art fair correspondents for Two Coats of Paint. Stay tuned for a couple of photo essays/short texts she’ll write about Art Basel and NADA (New Art Dealers Association) this weekend. 

Sharon Butler started Two Coats of Paint in 2007 to share reviews, commentary, news, and background information about painting and related subjects in 2007. Since then, Two Coats has gained an international following and been sponsored by many organizations, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Pulitzer Foundation, the New York Studio School, and the Brooklyn Museum. The New York Times, New York Observer, NPR, PBS News Hour, The New Criterion, WNYC and other news organizations have all linked to posts on Two Coats of Paint at one time or another.

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​Professor Thomas Strasser 


The Archaeological Institute of America awarded  the Cotsen Excavation Grant intended for “mid-career” project in 2013 to Professor Thomas Strasser, for his work at the Mesolithic site of Damnoni  on Crete.


Professor Deborah Johnson


Professor Deborah Johnson worked with Rhode Island College Professor, Dr. Frances Leazes, Lucas Dieter and Providence College art history major, Patricia Krupinski, on a research paper entitled “Measuring Successful Arts & Culture Strategies” for the College & University Research Collaborative. The organization, a partnership between Rhode Island’s colleges and universities, generates non-partisan research to help lawmakers make economic development decisions. Johnson’s project, which recommended creation of a centralized Rhode Island Arts & Culture sector was one of five conducted by faculty at seven colleges and universities, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. In addition, she continued her research on Rrose Selavy, the gender bending alter ego of Marcel Duchamp, and began work on third wave feminist theory and pop culture icon, Beyoncé​



​Professor Joan Branham 

Lecture: Strategizing the Sacred in the Jerusalem Temple. Professor Joan Branham spoke at Siena College as one of the two scholars in residence. Her presentation was held November 2, 2014  Read more​


Professor James Janecek

Professor James Janecek of the Art and Art History Department recently received the Prix de Print award from Art in Print, a bi-monthly international art publication focused on fine art printmaking. The Prix de Print juror, Andrew Raftery, an artist, historian and professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, discusses J.X.E. 358, Janecek's winning print, at length in the January/February 2014 issue. Read at the article.




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