The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler
About the Gallery
A nonprofit artists’ space, the Chazan Gallery at Wheeler presents five jury-selected exhibitions each season comprising a wide range of contemporary work in exhibitions by artists living or working in the greater Providence area. Located on the East Side of Providence near Brown University and RISD, the gallery is on the campus of Wheeler School. Totally supported by Wheeler School, the gallery is a gift to the Providence Arts Community from the school.
Providence is a city with a very large community of artists, and the gallery provides an excellent space for these artists to exhibit their work. Through an open jury process, the gallery shows work from among the strongest artists in the area in a series of varied and interesting exhibitions each year. Bill Van Siclen, the Providence Journal’s Art Editor, has called the gallery, “a model of quality and consistency. The artists have been among the best the state has to offer.”
The present gallery was completed as part of the school’s new library building in 1990. Elizabeth Kilduff is the current gallery director, assuming this post in June 2013. Sue Carroll was the gallery director from 1990 to May 2013. Prior to 1990 a smaller gallery was housed in a building on the same site; Gertrude Pardee was its director since its founding in 1969.
The Wheeler School was founded in 1889 by Mary C. Wheeler, an American Impressionist painter. The gallery has always been an important teaching resource for the school and an extension of its strong art program. Students view the exhibitions, write about the shows and have the opportunity to meet the artists during gallery talks. The exhibitions are an integral part of the School’s art curriculum and are also well attended by classes from RISD, Brown, and RIC, as well as the larger arts community in the Providence area.