Providence Arts Club

120 years ago, a group of artists formed the Providence Arts Club.

Providence – Because of a lack of exhibition space and artist gathering places in Providence, a group of artists and collectors formed an art club in the city.

While that sounds as something that could happen in 2002, this occurred 120 years ago when the Providence Art Club was formed. The club, which is often compared with its contemporary AS220, now has some 700 members and changes its gallery exhibits every two weeks.

Although the club has plans to expand more fully into its four buildings on Thomas Street, some members say the public doesn't even know it exists.

We recently toured the club's Brick Building and Cafe, the Dodge Gallery, Deacon Taylor House and the Colorful Fleur De Lys Building. Former Club president Dan Meshnig says the second oldest art club in the country wants to become more accessible.