Providence Art Club

Established in 1880 by a group of professional artists and art collectors, The Providence Art Club is one of the oldest art clubs in the United States and has remained at the center of Providence’s artistic history. The establishment attracted many members early on, quickly becoming too large for it’s original space and moved in 1887 to its current Thomas Street location. The¬†Club has showcased the work of numerous black artists and continues to make art accessible to the community by keeping galleries free and open to the public. This site is important to understanding the history of black artists in Providence during the early to mid 20th century.


– written by Felicia Bevel and Keila Davis


Edward Bannister Helps to Find the Providence Art Club

In 1880, Bannister and 16 other colleagues created the Providence Art Club as a meeting place for artists and art lovers.

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