Open Studios | Call for Participants

This is a call for participants for the Open Studios event on Thursday, April 26, from 5-6pm. Open Studios connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the studio practice of student artists.

Students hang artwork in their studios or designated hallways and classroom. VA provides refreshments, and the public is invited into our building to view and purchase student work (if it's for sale). This event attracts hundreds of members of the Brown community, as well as the Providence art community. Must be a currently enrolled Brown University student to participate. Sign up

Student Galleries

Fri. Apr 13 - Thurs. Apr 19
Margaret Hu^ - 1st floor
Austin Peete^ - 2nd floor
Lauren Stobierski^ - Gallery 221

Fri. Apr 20 - Thurs. Apr 26

Painting Group Exhibition - 1st floor
Anzia Anderson - 2nd floor
Williams Martinez^ - Gallery 221
*Honors exhibition, ^Senior exhibition

This Week

Book Arts Event | Beyond the Codex
Mon. Apr 16, 2-3pm
Walter Feldman Book Art Studio, John Hay Library
20 Prospect Street, Providence
Experimental and sculptural book forms with Karen Randall. Open to all. Ask 1st floor librarian to swipe you down to the basement.

Book Arts Event | The Leyden Jar Project
Mon. Apr 16, 5:30pm

Walter Feldman Book Art Studio, John Hay Library
20 Prospect Street, Providence
A short reading of poems by Cole Swensen followed by Karen Randall's demonstration of her interactive book sculpture (touch the jar, hear the poem) and discussion of innovative book arts and the history of electricity. Ask 1st floor librarian to swipe you down to the basement.

RaMell Ross: In Conversation
Thurs. Apr 19, 5:30pm

Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
154 Angell Street, Providence

RaMell Ross is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and Mellon Gateway Fellow and assistant professor in Brown’s Visual Art Department. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and published by The New York Times, The Washington Post and Oxford American. Ross, who served as a BAI professor of the practice in 2016 -17, discusses his latest project, the feature-length film "Idiom (Hale County This Morning, This Evening)." Presented by the Brown Arts Initiative. For more information, please visit

Honors Application Deadline
Fri. Apr 20, 5pm

As a Junior Visual Art Concentrator, you may choose to apply to the Honors Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The details of the program are outlined in the link provided here. If you have any questions, please meet with your advisor or contact Olanda Estrada. A link to the online application will be sent directly to Junior VA Concentrators.

Other Events This Week

Native to Modernism: The Art and Politics of Mary Sully
Mon. Apr 16, 5:30pm

John Carter Brown Library
94 George Street, Providence

Between the late 1920s and the mid 1940s, Dakota Sioux artist Mary Sully created a unique portfolio of art, completely unknown to contemporary American or American Indian art history. Deeply engaged with modernist art and design, and with indigenous women’s expressive traditions of the northern Plains, Sully’s work is both aesthetically pleasing and conceptually challenging. In this talk, Professor Deloria will offer close readings of several images in order to make the case that Sully’s art belongs in, and alters, the canon of American and American Indian arts of the twentieth century—and that its engagement with “culture and personality” anthropology helped produce a politics visible in both form and content. More info here.

Take Root to Break Through: A Performance by Climbing PoeTree
Tues. Apr 17, 7pm
List Art Building, room 120
64 College Street, Providence

Join the LGBTQ Center and the Sarah Doyle Women's Center as we welcome Climbing PoeTree to Brown! Climbing PoeTree uses multimedia art to address themes of racial inequality, environmental injustice, language barriers, and carving out a sense of place for oppressed identities. This dynamic duo harnesses creativity as the antidote to destruction through their multi-voice spoken word, bilingual ballads, world music, and multimedia hip hop theater. Through their work, Climbing PoeTree aims to expose injustice, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. They will be performing a medley of spoken word and musical theater followed by a 30 minute Q&A. More info here.

Spring Arts Lecture, João Enxuto and Erica Love
Fri. Apr 20, 5:30pm
Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
154 Angell Street, Providence

João Enxuto and Erica Love collaborate on projects about art institutions, labor conditions, and value systems shaped by recent technologies. Enxuto received an MFA in Photography from RISD and Love holds BAs from Brown University in Economics and Visual Arts and an MFA from UCLA. Together they were fellows at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program for 2012-2013. More info here.

CeCe McDonald, Public Lecture and Screening
Fri. Apr 20, 6:30pm
RISD Chase Auditorium
20 North Main Street, Providence

CeCe McDonald is an activist engaging in work at the intersections of black liberation, trans justice, and prison abolition. Join us for a screening of FREE CeCe! and discussion following with CeCe herself! FREE CeCe! is the story of CeCe's survival and criminalization of a transphobic attack, her ensuing incarceration in a men's prison, the international campaign for her release, and her eventual release.

The Denizens: An Improvisatory, Site-Specific, Dance Installation
Sun. Apr 22, 11am-noon
The Watson Institute
111 Thayer Street, Providence

Choreographed by Francesca Gallo, The Denizens is a site-specific dance piece that takes place throughout the Watson building. Dancers and audience members will discover new ways of experiencing, inhabiting, and defining the intricate architectural spaces of the building through improvised movement. More info here.


Save the Date

BBQ / Open Studios / Paint the Stairwell
Thurs. Apr 26, 4pm-9pm

List Art Building
64 College Street

BBQ, 4-5pm: Join us on the terrace for a BBQ celebrating our newly declared and established VA concentrators.
Open Studios, 5-6pm: Explore VA studios! Studios will be open to collectors and artists alike for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the student artist. Free and open to the public.
Paint the Stairwell, 7-9pm: Observe a long-standing tradition as VA juniors and seniors leave their mark on the List Art Building by enhancing the infamous murals that grace our stairwells.

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