Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts

Public Reception: Thursday
6 PM–8 PM

Erin Leland: Catwalk Informed by a Priest

In response to her yearlong observation of The Thomas McGlynn Sculpture Collection and Studio at Providence College, and informed by her conversations with collection curator Father Richard A. McAlister, O.P., New York City artist Erin Leland presents an exhibition of four sculptures with inset photographs. The sculptures—mixed-media works reminiscent of theatrical sets with requisite balconies, windows and catwalks—showcase Leland’s own poetic interpretations of the creative work and domestic lives of Dominican Catholic priest and artist Father Thomas M. McGlynn, O.P. and Father McAlister, also a lifelong artist and educator.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction Providence College's Centennial. It is generously supported by the Art & Art History Department at Providence College.

Erin Leland is an artist who lives in New York and works with photography, built installation and writing. Her projects have been exhibited in solo exhibitions including Everything Is Everything at Michael Strogoff Gallery in Marfa, Texas and Traces to Form Concrete Thoughts at Weltraum 26 in Munich, Germany. She has additionally exhibited artwork in group exhibitions at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Roots & Culture in Chicago, and Ewing Gallery at The University of Tennessee, among others. Her fictional writings have been published through Mercer Union and White Walls in the artist compendium Blast Counterblast and through contributions to the international art journal and podcast Bad at Sports. Erin is holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Erin Leland, "Sink," 2016. Image courtesy the artist.