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On the Wall: Tamara Gonzales

March 17, 2021 –
October 2, 2021

On the Wall: Tamara Gonzales, Providence College Galleries, 2021. Credit: Scott Alario

On the Wall: Tamara Gonzales

March 17, 2021–
October 2, 2021

Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts

Exhibition Opening Details

Virtual Artist Talk:
Wednesday, March 17, 6pm

About the Exhibition

On the Wall is PCG’s annual commission of large-scale artworks applied directly to the walls of the Reilly Gallery. As part of an interdisciplinary initiative at the College to explore and develop new scholarship on the rich traditions of the mural format, Tamara Gonzales, an artist based in New York, has transformed the exhibition space with pattern, color and compositional allusions to towering figures.

Gonzales is known for incorporating visual culture that is traditionally associated with lived culture — lace, graffiti, embroidery, textiles and more. Her paintings, drawings and textiles render blocky figures amongst multi-colored fields of florals and faux bois. Created by a range of techniques, from spray painting through lengths of lace to block printing sections of canvas, the artist’s oeuvre shows a unique commitment to developing abstraction through prisms of multiculturalism. On the Wall: Tamara Gonzales continues that commitment with wall-climbing geometric and organic shapes, bright colors and dense patterns coming together in a room-sized mural artwork.

On the Wall: Tamara Gonzales is organized by Kate McNamara, PCG Curator at Large.

About the Artist

Tamara Gonzales lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Gonzales’ work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and she mounted solo shows at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery and Planthouse in New York, and Harper’s Books in East Hampton. In 2017, her work was part of an Art Critical discussion at the New York Library, and appeared on the cover of The Brooklyn Rail. Gonzales’s work is in public collections including High Museum in Atlanta and Bronx Museum of the Arts, where it was also exhibited in 2016.


The exhibition is sponsored by Providence College’s Department of Art and Art History. Additional support generously provided by Pete Peterson (PC’86) and Theresa Cairns Peterson (PC’89).