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ABOUT BERT GALLERY

Bert Gallery is a Providence-based gallery founded in 1985 to showcase and preserve the rich art tradition of the Providence School within the context of American Art. The gallery concentrates on the rediscovery of historically significant artists reflecting major styles and art movements. We have online exhibits in our Viewing Rooms and gallery exhibits at 24 Bridge Street showing an extensive inventory of paintings, drawings, and prints from the late 19th century to the present, with a strong emphasis on works from 1880 – 1950. 

CATHERINE LITTLE BERT

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Catherine Little Bert, director and owner of Bert Gallery, has passionately researched and written on the subject of regional artists within the culturally rich arts community of Providence. She has mounted over 100 exhibits during thirty-plus years of business investigating and exploring historical artists and their alignment in the canon of American art.

VISUAL ARTS ADVISOR & CURATOR
for the Walter S. Feldman Trust for Artwork, Brown University

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Walter S. Feldman (1925 – 2017) was a Professor in the Visual Art department of Brown University for over fifty years. He established the Walter S. Feldman Trust for Artwork upon his death to benefit the Brown University endowment. Catherine Bert manages and curates the collection organizing exhibits and sales. 

HISTORY

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Hugo Bert and Catherine Little Bert founded the gallery originally located in the historic Providence Biltmore Hotel and then relocated in 1992 to the Corliss Landing Building along the Old Harbor waterfront in the Wickenden Street neighborhood.  With this move, Catherine Little Bert became the sole proprietor expanding the exhibition schedule to include seven contemporary painters along with launching a series of exhibitions re-examining the origins of the Providence art community and its artists in the late 19th century within the context of the national American art scene. 

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Catherine Little Bert graduated from Providence College and the University of Connecticut.  She has a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University and is an appraiser compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and 30 years of experience.

 

Bert was co-author of the publication Making Her Mark: The Women Artists of the Providence Art Club 1880 and has three chapters in Infinite Radius: Founding Rhode Island School of Design.  Sketches, an art journal funded by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and co-authored with LJ McElroy, includes research by Bert on the early Providence Art Club artists and the important Rhode Island women artists of the 19th century. Recent lectures include “Woman Printmaker Grace Albee 1890 - 1985: From Providence to Paris” and “Walter Feldman 1925 – 2017: The 1950’s” for the Providence Art Club,  “Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890 – 1960)” at the Providence Athenaeum, “The Magical Realism of Louise Marianetti” at the North Providence Historical Society,  “The Myth of Sydney Burleigh” at the Little Compton Historical Society and “Artists and Patrons of the 1901 Arts and Crafts Exhibition” at the Providence Art Club.

 

Bert is on the National Advisory Board at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, DC. In the past she has served as a Board of Trustee at Providence College, the Rhode Island Historical Society, Co-President of Gallery Night Providence and Chair of the National Advisory Board at NMWA. She has consulted at the American College of Greece, in Athens and on exhibitions at the Fall River Historical Society, Rhode Island Historical Society, Newport Art Museum, the Providence Art Club and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

HOURS: Available by Appointment

Call 401.751.2628 or e-mail bertgallery@comcast.net

Additional hours during holiday and summer exhibits.