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Chair's Welcome

Welcome back from the Summer break! The Department of Visual Art has an exciting year coming up, full of interesting visiting artist lectures and programs.

Each semester we host bus trips to NYC, Concentrator BBQs, and department-wide social events - all of which are terrific opportunities to meet your fellow Visual Art Concentrators and a great time to connect with faculty outside the studio. The List Art Building, home to the Department of Visual Art, also houses rotating student exhibitions in its four gallery locations. The Department Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan Committee also hosts town-hall meetings and events throughout the year that we hope you will attend.

Please stay in touch with your Concentration advisor throughout the year and look for updates in this newsletter. My office hours are Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm and by appointment. Please feel free to stop in with any concerns or just to say hello!

Leslie Bostrom
Chair, Department of Visual Art

Upcoming Events

Studio/Lab Monitor Training | Mandatory
Fri. Sept 13, 9am and 3pm

If you are working as a Studio/Lab Monitor in the List Art Building/John Hay Library during the Fall 2019 semester, you MUST ATTEND one of the two trainings offered on Friday, September 13. One session is from 9-11am, and the other is from 3-5pm. 


Welcome Back BBQ
Thurs. Sept 19, 4:30pm

List Art, 2nd floor terrace
Join the Department of Visual Art on the 2nd floor terrace for a BBQ celebration for our newly declared and established VA concentrators.

Fall Gallery Lottery
Fri. Sept 20, 12pm

List Art, room 325
Want space for an exhibition? Come to the lottery to apply for a week-long exhibition in one of the three student galleries in the List Art Building this fall.

Facility Updates

Equipment Lending Library
Opens Mon. Sept 9, 1-3pm

List Art Building, room 515
The VA Lending Library is open daily from 1-3pm. Equipment available include digital cameras, video cameras, tripods, projectors, sound recorders, microphones, etc. If you are enrolled in a VA course then you are eligible to use the Equipment Lending Library. Some restrictions apply based on the course in which you are enrolled. If you have any question, please contact Winnie Gier.

Studio Monitor Hours
Begins Sun. Sept 15

Studio Monitor hours give students enrolled in VA courses the chance to work in the studio outside of class time. Studio Monitor hours are as follows:

Black + White Darkroom, Digital Print Lab & Lighting Studio,
Foundation Studio, and Painting

Sunday, 7:30pm-midnight
Monday-Thursday, 8:30pm-midnight

Sculpture Studio
Sunday, 4pm-11pm
Monday-Thursday, 7pm-11pm

Book Arts Studio, John Hay Library
Sunday, 3:30-8pm
Monday-Thursday, 6:30-10pm

Faculty/ Staff/ Student Updates

VA Department Undergraduate Group (DUG) Leaders
Please help us welcome the 2019-2020 DUGs Sophia Meng '20, Tèo Obiaya '21, and Caitlin Takeda ‘20. These students are chosen each year to help their peers connect with one another, with faculty, and with alumni. VA DUGs participate in concentration fairs, give guided tours of our facilities to prospective students, organize annual open studio events and assist with the annual juried university-wide student art show at the Bell Gallery.

Adjunct Instructors 2019-2020
Leah Beeferman, MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
Heather Bhandari, MFA, Pennsylvania State University
Vivian Charlesworth, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Lourdes Correa-Carlo, MFA, Yale University
Ayana Evans, MFA ,Temple University
Lara Henderson, MFA, University of the arts
Diane Hoffman, MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Anna McNeary, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Teaching Assistants 2019-2020
Braden Bandel - Painting with Wendy Edwards
Cory Broad - Printmaking with Leslie Bostrom
Chance Deville - B+W Photo with Theresa Ganz
Julia Illana - Sculpture with Paul Myoda
Camilla Jerome - Digital Photo with RaMell Ross
Heather McMordie - Art of the Book with Lara Henderson
Edek Sher - Digital Media with Ed Osborn
Hannah Winkler - Painting with Leigh Tarentino

Helina Metaferia | New Faculty
Mellon Gateway Postdoctoral Fellow


Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, installation, and collage.

"I am interested in using art as an excuse to have meaningful conversations about time, space, and belonging. A large part of my creative inquiry is devoted to asserting the black body into sites of systemic oppression — including institutional spaces, art history, gentrified communities, or land marked by historic trauma. Throughout my work, I am constantly reflecting on the notions of "home" and how our racial and gendered body complicates this."

She has exhibited her work at venues including Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit). Helina completed her MFA in 2015 at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Helina will be teaching a course in Social Practice in Spring 2020.

Other Opportunities/Announcements/Events

BAI Student Grants
Opens Mon. Sept 9

Apply tvia UFunds
The Brown Arts Initiative Student Grants Program provides funding to Brown students in support of projects that involve the production, study and/or critique of the creative arts. Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing may apply for BAI student funding. Students who have received past funding for a project may not apply for additional funding for the same project. For example, an undergraduate making a feature length film may apply for support only once for the film; however, that same student may apply for funding for a different project. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each semester for projects that take place during the current or next semester. Retroactive awards will not be granted. 

Artist Engagement Opportunities
The Brown Arts Initiative provides opportunities for students to engage directly with visiting and guest artists through small-scale lunches, dinners, studio visits, masterclasses, workshops and activities held a few times each semester. Students from all concentrations are welcome to join. Space will be available on a first-come first-served basis with registration information emailed to this list approximately two weeks prior to the event. Sign-up below if you’re a student interested in learning about upcoming opportunities to meet with artists and keep an eye out for future emails from artsinitiative@brown.edu containing event information. To sign-up for our weekly events eblast highlighting public arts events throughout campus each week, click here. For additional information about Brown Arts Initiative, click here.

¡CityArts! is hiring a temporary part-time Youth Programs Assistant
¡CityArts! is seeking a youth program assistant to undertake a variety of administrative and program support tasks. Over the course of ¡CityArts! Fall session, the Youth Programs Assistant will assist in the planning and organizing of programs and activities as well as carry out important operational duties.
Ideal candidates will be bilingual (English and Spanish), organized and detail-oriented, comfortable working with diverse team, and enjoy working with youth. This position starts September 25th and ends December 17th. Daily Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 1-6pm. Send a cover letter and résumé to jen@providencecityarts.org by Tuesday, September 10, 2019 for consideration.

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