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On the Wall: Edie Fake

March 29, 2023 –
October 6, 2023

On The Wall: Edie Fake at Providence College Galleries, 2023. Photo: Scott Alario

On the Wall: Edie Fake

March 29, 2023–
October 6, 2023

Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts

Exhibition Opening Details

Artist-Led Tour & Reception:
March 29, 5 – 7pm

About the Exhibition

For its annual On the Wall series, PCG presents American artist, illustrator, author, and activist Edie Fake for the artist’s first solo show in New England. Having grown up queer and trans in a Catholic household, Fake is interested in spaces where one can hold and reflect upon complexity. In his pursuit to create such a place at PCG, Fake combines inspiration culled from visits to the hermitages of Catholic monks and also by his own home in the desert. The result is a room-sized mural and custom-designed “reflection pools” that emphasize the importance of self-knowledge and contemplation.

About the Artist

Edie Fake (b. 1980, Evanston, IL) makes multi-media work — drawings, paintings, installations, comics, books and zines — and has exhibited in solo shows at Berkeley Art Museum and Film ArchiveEverson Museum of Art, Syracuse; and in New York City at The Drawing Center, Broadway Gallery and Marlborough Gallery, and recently exhibited publications, paintings and a large wall installation in Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Fake’s work is held in the collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Columbus; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; RISD Museum, Providence; KADIST, San Francisco; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California. He was on the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists and his Gaylord Phoenix collection of comics won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. His work has been written about and featured inartforumArt in AmericaNew York TimesThe Paris Review, Art News, Art 21JuxtapozHyperallergicThe Comics Journaland The Los Angeles Review of Books. Fake was born in Chicagoland in 1980 and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. He is represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicago and Broadway Gallery in New York and currently lives and works in Twentynine Palms, California.


Generous lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional funding is provided by Providence College’s Division of Academic Affairs and Eric ‘Pete’ Peterson (PC’86) and Theresa Cairns Peterson (PC’89). In-kind support provided by Providence College’s Department of Art & Art History and Physical Plant.

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