Divine Providence with Umberto Crenca

Divine Providence: An Artist’s Talk with Umberto Crenca

Presented by the Providence Art Club live via Zoom

Thursday, February 25 at 6:00pm

Admission: $10 PAC Members, $15 non-members

Join artist and founder of AS220 Umberto Crenca for a conversation on his recent series of acrylic paintings Divine Providence, which capture the unique personality of Rhode Island’s capital city. This program is being presented by the Providence Art Club live via Zoom. Participants should have a working knowledge of the Zoom platform, and will receive the Zoom link for this program the day of the event. For questions about this event, please email Gallery Manager Michael Rose at michael@providenceartclub.org.

About Divine Providence

Divine Providence is a series of paintings by Umberto Crenca. They are cityscapes that give a street-level view of the city by a pedestrian – Umberto himself – who has lived in most every neighborhood in Providence.

The painting

s are a loving but unsentimental glimpse into the corners, crevices and in-between spaces in which life happens in the city. The tight compositions and hyper realistic color palette serve to make the ordinary extraordinary. As a whole, Divine Providence is an installation, a collage of the city’s neighborhoods. This is the artist’s love letter to Providence.

The first Divine Providence painting was completed in February 2020, about a month before the COVID-19 epidemic emerged and caused a worldwide shutdown. By early fall Umberto had completed 42 paintings and two commissioned pieces inspired by the series. These works were exhibited in downtown Providence in September 2020.

Umberto has made several more Divine Providence paintings since the exhibit, and many more are planned.

About The Artist

Umberto Crenca is a visual and performance artist whose work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions and performances. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum and the Newport Art Museum as well as in private collections in the US and abroad. He lives and maintains a studio in Providence, RI with his wife, artist and musician Susan Clausen.

How to Register

PAC Members should register using our convenient Google Form. Non-members can register via Eventbrite. For questions about this program, contact Gallery Manager Michael Rose at michael@providenceartclub.org or via phone at 401-331-1114 x 5.


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Non-Members Register Here

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm