Providence College Kicks Off SPORT:ART Collaborative Effort

Dominic Channon (pictured), a studio art major and art history minor, also competes for the cross country and track teams at Providence College.
Dominic Channon (pictured), a studio art major and art history minor, also competes for the cross country and track teams at Providence College.
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Jan. 27, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On January 26, the Providence College Art and Art History Department and the Athletics Department kicked off a two-month collaborative effort known as SPORT:ART. Opening night featured the Student Sports Photography Exhibition at the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery on the campus of Providence College. At the College's Reilly Gallery, the Art and Art History Department hosted an exhibition entitled Out At Home: The Negro Baseball League, featuring Joe Norman Lithographs. The exhibit was lent by the Newport Art Museum, Joseph Chazan, M.D. and anonymous donors.

The Student Sports Photography Exhibition included photographs taken of Providence College student-athletes in the heat of competition. The class, taught by Professor Eric Sung, consisted of five student photographers.

Of the five photographers in the class, three are current varsity student-athletes at the College. Dominic Channon (Nelson, New Zealand), a studio art major and art history minor, also competes for the Friars' heralded cross country and track teams. Shannon Pustis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Andrew Sayer (San Diego, Calif.), currently compete for the field hockey and lacrosse teams, respectively. Jessica Ho, a studio art major and art history minor, and Michael Dineen round out the list of student photographers.

In addition to the Student Sports Photography Exhibition, the Reilly Gallery opened its doors to view the Joe Norman Lithographs, as part of the Out At Home exhibition, which interrogates the banning of black athletes in the mainstream quintessential American sport (baseball), and the resulting formation of a black baseball league, until Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947.

Providence College and its departments of art and art history and athletics will host a two-month showcase of exhibits, lectures, and programs focusing on sport and art entitled SPORT:ART, from January 26 through March 29, 2012. The project will explore the significance and relationship of art and sport through media and fine arts, while examining gender, race and cultural identities.

SPORT:ART is an unprecedented collaboration among departments across campus promoting student involvement and diversity, combined with bringing new audiences to the world of art.

In conjunction with SPORT:ART, the College will recognize the achievements of African-Americans throughout the month of February, which is Black History Month. Exhibitions, special lectures, and receptions will pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of distinguished African-Americans in U.S. history.

Another significant milestone to be celebrated in conjunction with SPORT:ART is the 40th Anniversary of Providence College Women's Athletics. The College will commemorate the anniversary through a variety of presentations and premier events in March, which also is Women's History Month.

The idea for SPORT:ART originated with Catherine Little Bert '77, a member of the College's Board of Trustees, along with Dr. Joan R. Branham, department chair and professor of art history, Dr. Deborah J. Johnson, professor of art history and women's studies, and Robert G. Driscoll Jr., director of athletics. Bert, a former PC athlete and a Providence art gallery owner, envisioned a project that would "reach across campus," a spirited partnership between art and art history and the athletics program, her two great loves.

Additionally, a myriad of events have been scheduled to coincide with the College's Alumni & Family Weekend, including the 40 Years of Women's Sports Celebration, an interactive mural painting by California-based artist Peter Tigler, a collaborative student-athlete tour of the Student Sports Photography Exhibit and a community forum on athletics and academics on campus.

SPORT:ART will conclude during the month of March, highlighted by a film series dedicated to Women's History Month, in conjuction with celebrating the College's 40 Years in Women's Sports. The films scheduled to be shown are A Hero For Daisy, A League Of Their Own, Girlfight and Whip It. Each film also will feature a speaker.

For detailed information regarding the SPORT:ART callaborative effort and full schedule of events, please visit: www.providence.edu/sportart2012

For more information on the College's 40 Years of Women's Sports Celebration and the film series, please visit: http://alumni.providence.edu/40years

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