I write to wish you happy holidays from us at Providence College Galleries [PCG] and to share our "Year in Review." Please join me in reflecting upon a few bright spots that occurred over the last year and taking a glimpse of what's ahead for PCG. During this special time of year, I hope you too have the chance to take stock and look forward to new year of love, healing, and renewal.
Looking back, these moments in 2021 stand out to us:
1. PCG awarded more than $300,000 from National Endowment for the Humanities— One of our biggest moments was earlier this fall when we received robust support to integrate dozens of contemporary artworks into our permanent collection and create a collection study hub. Learn more in this article by the Associated Press.
2. On the Wall: Tamara Gonzales— The 2021 iteration of our site-specific, gallery-filling mural program opened to rave reviews like this Boston Art Review piece. A generous artist and intellectual partner, Tamara Gonzales visited campus multiple times to collaborate with students, faculty and staff on the creation towering yet whimsical wall drawings that alluded to ancient Latin America and the cosmos.
3. Galleries Rebrand & Website— Last month, PCG launched a new visual identity and website. Our new logo, with forms inspired by the College’s torch icon, is modular with infinite combinations. We will further promote the website as an academic and community resource throughout 2022.
4. Interlace Grant Fund Awards Inaugural Project Grants to Local Artists— Interlace, which PCG co-founded with Dirt Palace in 2020, awarded more than $50,000 to local artists for visual art projects happening within the city of Providence. Join us for an awards ceremony at PC’s Smith Center for the Arts on January 24. Also through Interlace, we continue to distribute monthly emergency grants to artists.
5. The Carriers: Joiri Minaya & Anne Austin Pearce— In October, we opened this gorgeous two-person exhibition in our Reilly Gallery. The works on view explore eco-feminist themes, tropical imagery, and post-colonial critiques of culture and collection. Read PCG Curator at Large Kate McNamara’s exhibition essay for The Carriers here.