This Week in VA

Open Lab Hours Begin
Sun. Sept 16

Open lab hours give students enrolled in VA courses the chance to work in the studio outside of class time. Open lab hours are posted around the building outside of each studio.

Student Galleries
Fri. Sept 14 - Thurs. Sept 27

From the Summer Group Exhibition - All Galleries

Artist Talk | Duane Slick and Martin Smick
Tues. Sept 18, 5-6:30pm
List Art, room 120

“My Teacher is a Lizard: Decolonizing Curatorial Practice” A two-part exhibition by RISD Faculty members; Duane Slick and Martin Smick at The John Hay Library at Brown University and the Memorial Hall Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design. This exhibition is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is part of a collaboration between the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University and the RISD Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design. Focusing on the new and evolving field of object-based teaching and research.

Fall Gallery Lottery
Fri. Sept 21, 12pm

List Art, room 225
Want space for an exhibition? Come to the lottery to apply for a week-long exhibition in one of the three student galleries in List Art this fall.

Save the Date

Senior Class Luncheon
Tues. Sept 25, 12pm
List Art Building, room 222A
All Senior VA Concentrators are invited to join Department Chair Leslie Bostrom and other VA Faculty for a luncheon. We will be talking about your upcoming Senior Thesis Capstone Exhibition, commencement requirements, and life after graduation. We hope to see you there.

Welcome Back BBQ
Wed. Sept 26, 4pm
List Art, 2nd Floor Terrace

Join us on the terrace for hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and all the fixings to celebrate our VA Concentrators and the beginning of the new school year!The RISD store will be in attendance with a table of freebies :)

Yevgeniya Baras | Visiting Artist Lecture
Wed. Sept 26, 5pm
List Art Building, room 120

Yevgeniya Baras is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Yevgeniya has a BA and MS from the University of Pennsylvania (2003) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). Yevgeniya co-founded and co-curated Regina Rex Gallery on the Lower East Side of NY for eight years. She is currently teaching at RISD and Sarah Lawrence College.

Other Events on Campus

Film Screening | Melancholia
Wed. Sept 19, 6pm

Marcuvitz Auditorium
185 Meeting Street

A screening of Lars von Trier’s 2011 film Melancholia, in which two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kiefer Sutherland. Peter Szendy, David Herlihy Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature, will give a short introduction. This screening is presented as part of the collaborative humanities seminar “It’s About Time: Temporalities of Waiting in Theory, Literature, and Film” taught by Peter Szendy and Adi Ophir.

Poetry Workshop
Wed. Sept 19, 6:30pm
BCSC Formal Lounge
60 Brown Street

Join the BCSC and WORD! Performance Poetry for a poetry workshop. The workshop is open to all experience levels and will be facilitated by members of WORD! Performance Poetry. On Fri. Sept 21 at 7pm, we welcome you to an Open Mic Night at The Underground Coffee Shop. The Open Mic Night is open to performers and spoken word enthusiasts, regardless of your experience with performance poetry. We look forward to seeing you

Reading | Poets Rosmarie Waldrop and Kate Colby
Thurs. Sept 20, 5:30pm

McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown Street

Distinguished poet Rosmarie Waldrop, author, most recently of “Gap Gardening: Selected Poems,” and Kate Colby, author of “The Arrangements,” will read from their work in the first installment of the Writers On Writing Reading Series, sponsored by the Department of Literary Arts.

Concert | Pianist Benjamin Nacar '12 Plays J.S. Bach
Fri. Sept 21, 12:30pm

Pembroke Hall, room 305
172 Meeting Street

Pianist Benjamin Nacar ’12 will perform the “Goldberg Variations” and “The Italian Concerto” by Johann Sebastian Bach.


Call for Participation | Swearer Center
Deadline: Mon. Sept 17

Engaged scholarship is a high-impact practice in undergraduate education, a meaningful approach to teaching and research for faculty in many disciplines, and a priority in Brown’s Building on Distinction and the Swearer Center’s strategic plan. The Swearer Center’s year-long, cohort-based learning communities provide the opportunity for small groups of colleagues to come together to discuss key themes, best practices, and their own experiences and questions related to community-engaged teaching and research. More info here.

Job | Brown Yearbook Photographer
Deadline: Wed. Sept 19

Do you want to get paid to take photos of events and spaces on campus? Apply to become a photographer for Liber Brunensis, Brown's Yearbook. We're looking for people to help us cover a full range of things that happen on campus. Apply here.


  • New Urban Arts, Volunteer Artist Mentor - More info here.
  • New Urban Arts, Resident Artist Mentor in Fashion and Sewing - More info here.
  • Providence City Arts, Volunteer - More info here.
  • ICA Boston, Marketing, Event Tech, Lab Assistant - More info here.
  • RISD Museum, Misc jobs, grants, and fellowships - More info here.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Misc staff positions - more info here.
  • Gardner Museum, Misc staff positions - More info here.
  • More Providence-based jobs in the arts, grants, and continuing education opportunities - More info here.

Grants | Brown Arts Initiative
Deadline: Various

Through its grant programs, the Brown Arts Initiative provides financial and other resources to Brown University faculty, professional staff and students to help realize curriculum, research and practice-based projects in the arts. Click on the links to the right for a detailed description of available grants and their corresponding application deadlines and award cycles. More info here.

Call for Entry | The Indy
Rolling Deadline
Could your artwork fit on a 8.5” x 22” newsprint cover of our weekly paper? The Indy prints over 500 copies every week and appears in over 30 locations on College Hill every Friday. YOUR WORK could be featured next. Check out our website for examples, Send images of paintings, drawings, textiles, graphic design, photography, etc. to

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