The late 1870s were a real turning point in the cultural history of Providence. RISD opened its doors in 1878, just three years after the founding of Providence Public Library. Shortly after, sixteen founders launched the Providence Art Club, which still operates on Thomas Street. Unusually, six of the founders were women, all six of whom share space in Making Her Mark, a show highlighting a dozen of the club’s earliest women members. Rosa Peckham’s work is the most immediately engaging, a girl in a pink dress picking flowers alongside small paintings of women in exotic headdresses. Also notable is sculptor Jane Nye Hammond, whose heavy-browed marble bust of Charles Darwin is on loan from the nearby Athenaeum.
Reservations are strongly recommended, although I didn’t know that on Saturday and just walked in with no problem.