Providence Art Club

The Providence Art Club is the oldest art club in the United States after the Salmagundi Club of New York. In 1880, a group of 16 men and women – all professional artists, amateurs and art collectors – founded the club. In 1887 the club moved to its current location, the 1790 Obadiah Brown House, and continues today to host gallery exhibitions, dramatic presentations, musical evenings and lectures to further its mission of promoting and supporting the visual arts in Rhode Island.


Painting: "Approaching Storm", by Edward Mitchell Bannister

Painting: "Approaching Storm", by Edward Mitchell Bannister

Edward Mitchell Bannister painted this scene of an approaching storm in 1886. The painting is now in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. View File Details Page

Photo: Edward Mitchel Bannister

Photo: Edward Mitchel Bannister

Photograph of Edward Mitchell Bannister. RHiX3537 View File Details Page

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Elyssa Tardif, “Providence Art Club,” Rhode Tour, accessed April 27, 2017,


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