From here to there: Providence College Studio Art Faculty Showcase
September 3 – October 10, 2014
Public Reception: Thursday, September 18th, 6 – 8pm
PC Galleries are pleased to present From here to there: Providence College Studio Art Faculty Showcase, a triennial exhibition featuring the work of Providence College Studio Art faculty members Lynn Curtis, James Janecek, Heather Leigh McPherson, Eric Sung and Kim Wimprine.
Outside of the classroom and beyond the campus, Providence College Studio Art faculty members are active creative practitioners—artists, designers, thinkers and more—who make significant contributions to the arts. They regularly exhibit in cultural venues and participate in arts ecologies locally and internationally, from Providence and New York to Budapest and Bangkok. From here to there: Providence College Studio Art Faculty Showcase is an exhibition and conjunctive programming series which provides the Providence College community and the local public at-large opportunities to connect with the College’s own working artists, all of whom are actively engaged in diverse projects here on campus and out there around the world.
By way of these faculty members’ artistic presentations, From here to there: Providence College Studio Art Faculty Showcase additionally highlights the broad spectrum of media and formats prominent within Providence College’s Studio Art program and in contemporary art. Experimentations of mark-making, layering and surface, drawing professor Lynn Curtis’ tapestry-like drawings put a new twist on drawing’s age-old preoccupation with light and dark. Professor James Janecek, who teaches a range of courses from traditional printmaking to Nintendo drawing, exhibits etchings and digital prints which merge geometric abstraction and active expressionism by way of digital drawing. As if they were backlit, painting professor Heather Leigh McPherson’s glowing paintings
on canvas and panel bring together your computer monitor’s colorful graphics as well as traces of the face that same monitor reflects back at you. Large-scale photographs by photography professor Eric Sung traverse Providence and its darker side—residential homes where serious crimes took place are documented and blown-up to show every eerie detail. Ceramics professor Kim Wimprine’s tests with knit fiber and kiln-firing processes produce small porcelain sculptures which demonstrate ceramics’ malleability as a medium ever ripe for experimentation.
From here to there: Providence College Studio Art Faculty Showcase is organized by PC Galleries Curator Jamilee Polson Lacy.
Related Public Programs
Public Reception in conjunction with Gallery Night Providence
Thursday, September 18, 6-8pm, Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery and Reilly Gallery
Talking Shop: Heather McPherson talks contemporary painting with artist and writer Lauren Britton
Thursday, October 2 at 6pm, Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery
In the Field: An Open Drawing Session with Lynn Curtis
Saturday, October 4 at 4pm, The Art Garden behind Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery. Minimal supplies will be provided, so please RSVP by Wednesday, October 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All public programs are free and open to the public. For information and updates on public programs, visit www.providence.edu/galleries.
Class and Group Tours
PC Galleries offers guided tours for classes and groups of all ages. Class and group tours are free of charge but require reservation. For more information, to discuss the specific needs and interests of your class or group, and/or to schedule a tour of From here to there: Providence College Studio Art Faculty Showcase, please contact PC Galleries at email@example.com.
Assistant Professor Lynn Curtis holds a BA from Dartmouth College, a MFA in painting and drawing from The University of Iowa, as well as a postgraduate certificate in printmaking from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. She has held a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony and has exhibited her work in the UK and across the US, including shows in Dallas, Houston and New York. At Providence College she teaches foundation-level through advanced drawing courses, serves as Internship Coordinator, and is Assistant Chair of the Art and Art History Department.
Associate Professor James Janecek holds a BS in design from The Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology and a MFA from Stanford University. He has exhibited his works across the United States, including shows in Boston and Chicago, as well as in California, Missouri and New Jersey. He has also recieved two Davis Foundation grants for drawing with digital media. At Providence College he teaches courses in printmaking, design and digital imaging, as well as special topics courses like Bauhaus Design and Nintendo Drawing.
Assistant Professor Heather Leigh McPherson holds a BFA from Washington University and a MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design. This summer she completed a one-month residence at the Wassaic Artist Residency in Wassaic, New York. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show called Hot Salad at 186 Carpenter in Providence, Rhode Island, and a two-person exhibition at Tompkins Projects in Brooklyn, New York. At Providence College she teaches a range of painting courses, and has co-taught special topics courses within the Department of Art and History, as well as in the Development of Western Civilization program.
Associate Professor Eric Sung holds a BA from Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey and a MFA in photography from Indiana University. He has exhibited work nationally in Alabama, New York, New Jersey, and Texas, and internationally in Korea, China and Thailand. He is also a member and portfolio reviewer at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference. At Providence College he teaches courses in both traditional dark room techniques and digital photography.
Adjunct Assistant Professor Kim Wimprine holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design. She recently completed a study residency in Budapest, Hungary, as part of the Harvard Ceramics Program and has exhibited ceramics, sculpture and public projects in Rhode Island and Texas. At Providence College she teaches a range of ceramics courses.
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