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Notable Alumni

​​​​​​​​​​​​Michael Rose, BA 2013

Michael Rose graduated in 2013, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Rose spent the subsequent year in the public relations and development field where he has worked with Rhode Island non-profits on communications and fundraising initiatives. As a writer, Rose has contributed to Art New England, Big Red & Shiny, SOCO Magazine, the Taunton Daily Gazette, and the Rhode Island Small Business Journal. Rose currently works as Gallery Coordinator at The Providence Art Club. He manages all aspects of the gallery operations at the second oldest art club in the nation. Rose is responsible for administration of the Club’s three in-house galleries as well as a satellite space at 1 Financial Plaza in Providence.

Helena Gomez, BA 2012​

Helena Gomez graduated in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History. She then received her Masters in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England. Gomez worked as an intern at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. She taught public middle and high school students in Rhode Island about the Holocaust and Jewish Heritage through classroom visits and leading groups visits in the Museum. Later that year she worked as a gallery assistant at Bert Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. At the gallery she was responsible for curating a summer project. Gomez has now been hired as the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Museo de Ponce in Puerto Rico. She writes about her new position, "As the Exhibitions Coordinator I am in charge of the logistics of bringing everything together for the exhibition, from creating the labels, editing and writing text panels, aiding in the designing of the brochure and invitation, coordinating with the different departments such as registration and the conservation lab when the artworks are ready to be installed. I also deal with rights and reproduction requests. As curatorial assistant, I also attend to the correspondence coming into the department, from liasi​o​​ning with artists to replying to various letters/requests. Upcoming projects include the Collections Committee where I have been involved in preparing the documents that will be reviewed, having to deal with issues of de-accessioning artworks, approval of works being donated and loan requests."

Althea Ruoppo, BA 2011

Althea Ruoppo graduated in 2013, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a minor in Business Studies. Ruoppo then went on to receive her Master of Arts in History of Art & Architecture at Boston University. Following her graduation, she worked as a volunteer for the Plakias Stone Age Project in Crete (Summer, 2011) and bega​​n working as the student assistant for the Department of Intellectual Property for the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston (September, 2011-2013). She spent the following summer (2012) as a trench master for the Mochlos Excavation Project in Crete. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor for Houston Community College and as the Curatorial Assistant for Contemporary Art and Special Projects for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Samantha Cataldo BA, 2010

Samantha Cataldo graduated in 2010 from Providence College with a degree in Art History, earning a certificate in Business Studies and minoring in Women’s Studies. She is now Assistant Curator at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH. Cataldo was the Koch Curatorial Fellow at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. There, she curated exhibitions including The Social Medium, a survey of social photography, and managed sculpture park commissions such as Oscar Tuazon’s Partners. She is also the editorial assistant for Public Art Dialogue, a peer reviewed journal which serves as a forum for critical discourse and commentary about the practice of public art.  Among her writing credits are essays and editorial projects for deCordova exhibitions, including those mentioned above and The 2013 deCordova Biennial, as well as contributed essays in Art for Rollins: Volume II (forthcoming). Cataldo holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University’s joint program with the Cleveland Museum of Art.​

Molly O'Brien, BA 2009

Molly O'Brien creates opportunities for curatorial projects and collaborations between artists and students of all ages in New York public schools, directly connecting artists and arts organizations with the local community. Since 2010, she has served as Education Director at NURTUREart, a not-for-profit art organization and gallery in Brooklyn. Additionally, she is a Teaching Artist at the Guggenheim Museum in New York where she works with elementary school students in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Molly has taught in various institutions including galleries, museums, public schools, and community centers of NYC, in addition to running programs with at-risk youth in Haiti, Kenya and Nicaragua. Molly advocates for the importance of art in education and works to create greater access to the arts for all audiences. She received her BA in Art History from Providence College in 2009.​

​Mary Pelletier, BA 2009

Mary Pelletier graduated in 2010 with a degree in English and Photography. Pelletier studied Historical and Contemporary Photography at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, earning an MA. She currently resides in London as a photographic historian and dealer. After working with the the Bonhmas Photography​ Department, she began managing the James Hyman Gallery. Pelletier recently celebrated three years at the Hyman Gallery and specializes in nineteenth-century French and contemporary British photography. Read more about the James Hyman Gallery and Pelletier's work here.

William Ruggiero, BA 2008

William Ruggiero (Providence College Alum 2008) is an art historian, curator, and administrator working in Chicago, Illinois.  His main area of research is in contemporary Latin American art, focusing on critical theory, media, urbanization and the dynamics of the state.  Along with J. Gibran Villalobos, William is part of a curatorial collaborative JGV/WAR, an experimental duo that use an agonistic model of “shadow curating” as a form of exhibition making. Recently, they finished a year-long HATCH Projects curatorial residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition.  Additionally, in collaboration with Liz Munsell they organized the Chicago iteration of “Cuban Virtualities: New Media Art from the Island,” first exhibited at Tufts University, and the first exhibition of its kind outside of Cuba.  Upcoming projects for William include a partnership with MAC/SAN at the Havana Biennial 2015, where he will be a co-organizer of a transitory project situated in San Agustin, a town outside Havana.  He will pursue doctoral study in modern Latin American art history, specifically in the history of Venezuela’s petroleum economy and its relation to cultural production.  As a passionate cook, William can be found making process-laden meals in his leisure, when he is most likely discussing any of the above.​

Will Hutnick, BA 2007

Will Hutnick received his BA in Painting, Art History and Music from Providence College in 2007 and his MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2011. He is based in Wassaic, NY where he is currently the Residency Director at The Wassaic Project. Recent exhibitions include DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY), The Java Project (Brooklyn, solo), Ground Floor Gallery (Brooklyn), Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), Circuit 12 Contemporary (Dallas, TX), Momenta Art (Brooklyn), TSA (Brooklyn) and The Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster, NJ, solo). Hutnick has also  curated numerous exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Trestle Projects, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Loft 594 and LaunchPad (Brooklyn). His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine, LVL3 Media, Beautiful/Decay and Whitehot Magazine’s “Best Artists List for 2013”. Hutnick has been an artist in residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) 4heads on Governors Island (Governors Island, NY), and recently completed a year-long curatorial residency at Trestle Projects (Brooklyn). Hutnick has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery opening August 25. 

​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.

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 2000

Mary M. Tinti received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2008. She is an art historian and curator specializing in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on public art. Mary Tinti recently became the Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Museum of Art in Fitchberg, Massachusetts. Prior to this in 2011, she has worked as the Koch Curatorial Fellow at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the staff at deCordova, Tinti was the first-ever Public Art Fellow at the New England Foundation for the Arts (2010-2011) and the Deputy Artistic Director of WaterFire Providence (2008-2010). An inaugural officer of the Public Art Dialogue (2008-2011), Tinti is currently the Artists’ Projects Liaison for the organization’s peer reviewed journal. Her writing credits include essays and editorial projects for deCordova exhibitions, articles for Collections and Woman’s Art Journal, entries for the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, and blog posts for WGBHArts. Since the fall of 2009 she has chronicled her adventures in public art and material culture in her own blog, Dress for Sports.

Maura Reilly, BA 1990

Maura Reilly earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Providence College in 1990. She is now Chief Curator, National Academy of Art, NY. 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. She now works as the Chief Curator for the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York City.

The Board of Trustees of the Linda Pace Foundation recently announced the appointment of Dr. Maura Reilly as its new Executive Director. As director, Reilly will manage the Foundation’s art collection, implement exhibitions and recommend acquisitions.

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.​​​