Hey guys, it’s Emily Hurley here, PC-G communications intern! I am a senior at Providence College studying English and minoring in Art History. I also work on campus as a Global Ambassador, president of Photography Club, and as a member of the team that runs the Facebook project Humans of Providence College (HOPC). My previous job as student gallery assistant working with PC-G curator Jamilee and my art history studies led me to pursue this gallery internship. My interest in Art History expanded while I was studying abroad in Auckland, NZ during Spring Semester 2016. Overseas I took an Art Crime course (!), which introduced me to some of the world’s most valuable artworks. This, along with my success in PC’s Art History Survey course, convinced me to go for the Art History minor. What I have learned so far has further inspired me to get more involved with gallery work, which led me to the internship that I hold today!
Though I do lots of things for the Galleries, I’m technically the communications intern. My primary responsibilities include contributing writing here, to PC-G’s WWWWH blog, managing social media for PC-G, interviewing artists and writing press releases. Of the many things that I do, I’d have to say that my favorite part of my internship is getting to work with visiting artists. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to form relationships with the artists and help them with their installations, events, and shows (among many other things).
In my own creative practice of making art works, including poetry and photography, I often utilize themes relating to family structures & relationships, mental illness, the spiritual relationship one has with nature, and issues of equality. I draw inspiration from works like Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Sally Mann. I also think about and look to local artists, and as part of my art history minor and time in the gallery, I’m learning how to research artists’ influences and studio practices. Right now, I am excited that Providence College is in the process of commissioning and purchasing artwork from Providence artist and photographer Theresa Ganz. Her work reflects many of the themes central to my own work, ranging from Baroque architecture, epic landscapes and the Sublime, women’s work, the intersection of architecture and nature, environmentalism, the history of photography and photography in the digital era, spirituality in relation to the natural and built environment… and so much more. Below is a sneak peek of her past work, and as soon as we have it on campus, I’ll share images and further insights on Theresa’s work!
Theresa Ganz, “Lazaro Galdiano 1,” 2015, inkjet print, 14 x 14 inches.
Theresa Ganz, “Palazzo Madama 1,” 2015, inkjet print, 8 x 10 inches.
Theresa Ganz, “Pillar,” 2006, hand-cut c-prints, collage, 120 x 36 inches.