Dear PC–G Friends and Supporters,
I am writing with the news that in response to the health threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic we have cancelled programming for the balance of the semester, including our annual series of student art exhibitions. This decision prioritizes care for our community above all else, and we hope that by taking these preventative measures we can reduce the harm caused by COVID-19.
We recognize how disruptive and disappointing this situation is for many people, and we only arrived at this decision after very careful deliberation and consideration. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone impacted by the many canceled events here and elsewhere. We are thinking especially of the PC students who were planning to exhibit with us this spring. (We hope to provide alternatives for PC’s graduating studio art majors and will be in touch as soon as we have more information.) We at PC–G believe artists do the important work of interpreting contemporary life and making meaning of difficult circumstances. The vitality of the arts, at Providence College and beyond, relies on open and public platforms for connection and exchange. We look forward to resuming our programs and bring the work of artists to you as soon as possible.
In the meantime, our staff is now working remotely and planning for an art-filled future. Below we are sharing good news and helpful information. You can always check in with us on social media for near daily art updates and visit our website to peruse past exhibitions and blog posts. And in the absence of physical exhibitions, we encourage you to revisit our online exhibition Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies: The Animated GIF as Place. Organized with Art F City, a leading arts criticism platform, it showcases a wide selection of artists who use animated GIFs to create fully-realized environments. As fresh today as in 2016 when we launched it, this curated project functions like a document of our current reality’s aspirations and anxieties. But it also presents visions of new worlds, wherein art and creativity thrive no matter what.
Director & Chief Curator
Providence College Galleries [PC–G]