A woman looking at framed drawings on a wall.

ART! Providence College Galleries

PCG recently launched the fourth court as part of its My HomeCourt initiative in partnership with PC alums and various community groups. This year’s court is designed by local artist Lois Harada, who was inspired by the purpose of the park itself. Her bold design includes big texts and bright colors that say LET’S PLAY in the various languages spoken by communities in adjacent Valley, Smith, and Elmhurst neighborhoods. Davis Park, where the court is located, is within walking distance of campus at 50 Raymond Street.

The second home court here, is designed by artist Andrea Bergart and curated by Kate McNamara:

My HomeCourt is an annual initiative that fosters community engagement through the revitalization of basketball courts and city parks facilitated by cutting-edge contemporary art. Every year, a Providence park with an outdoor, public basketball court is selected for renovation. Providence College Galleries then commissions an internationally renowned artist to design a ground mural for that court. The annual project culminates with the opening of a refreshed basketball court and large-scale colorful artwork for the community.

All My HomeCourt projects are curated by PCG staff and co-produced with Providence Parks and the My HomeCourt nonprofit, which is founded and supported by Providence College alumni and friends. Crucial support and help are provided by a rotating group of various community organizations, public and private funders, sponsors, partners, individual volunteers, and Providence College students, faculty, staff, and other alumni.

PCG currently has two exhibitions on view:

Nature Morte (Sort of), an exhibition of nature and still-life artworks pulled from the College’s art collection. Artistic explorations of vanitas, nature vs. artifice, scientific observation, beauty, abstraction, and more are on view through March 3rd. Look for exhibition-related public programs to be announced soon.

On the Wall: Sheida Soleimani, a mural and photography exhibition by a local artist. Inspired by the stories of the artist’s mother, a labor and delivery nurse during the Iranian Revolution, this solo show tells the harrowing story of two medical professionals, animal rehabilitators, and political refugees. Check out the recent profile of the artist in The New York Times Style Magazine, which details the series of artworks on view in PCG’s Reilly Gallery through October 1st.

Providence College Galleries are open Monday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, no appointments necessary.

Email [email protected] to set up a tour or PCG staff-led visit.