Chair's Welcome

Hi everyone,
Welcome back to another semester at Brown! Please pay attention to all signs in the building- we have worked out social distancing and traffic patterns in the List Art Building to keep you safe and yet still have some person-to-person class and critique time for our hybrid courses.

I look forward to seeing you all, however that might happen. Please make sure to pay attention to the emails you receive from the department- things are changing every day, and we will do our best to keep you updated. In spite of the unusual conditions, we will communicate often and maintain the famous VISA community connection. I am looking forward to the creative ways we can discover to interact with each other. Can we make this into some sort of performance art? Maybe a community blog? A virtual exhibition? All suggestions welcome.

Meanwhile, try to enjoy the beginning of the Spring semester, travel safely, and remember, keeping yourself safe is essential to keeping others safe.

See you soon,
Leslie Bostrom
Chair, Department of Visual Art

Semester at-a-glance

(All dates subject to change)
Wed. Jan 20 - Spring semester begins - Virtual
Wed. Jan 27 - In-person classes begin
Wed. Jan 27 - Studio Monitor Shifts Begin
Wed. Feb 3 - Visiting Artist Talk, Firelei Báez
Fri. Feb 5 - VA Awards Deadline
Mon. Feb 8 - Equipment Checkout Opens for select courses
Thurs. Feb 11 - Tues. Feb 16 -  No Studio Monitor Hours - Long Winter Weekend
Wed. Feb 17 - 2021-22 VA DUG Nominations Open
Wed. Feb 24 - Visiting Artist Talk, Ebony G. Patterson
Mon. Mar 1 - '22 Honors Applications Open
Fri. Mar 12 - Annual Alumni Panel
Wed. Mar 24 - Visiting Artist Talk, Vanessa German
Thurs. Apr 1 - '21 Honors Presentations, Group 1
Fri. Apr 2 - '21 Honors Presentations, Group 2
Mon. Apr 5 - '22 Honors Application Deadline
Wed. Apr 7 - Equipment Checkout Closes
Mon. Apr 12 - Fri. Apr 16 - Remote Reading Period
Mon. Apr 19 - Fri. Apr 23 - Remote Exam Period

*Note: All talks will be moderated by Heather Bhandari. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the moderator at registration and during the live event. The microphones and videos of attendees will be disabled to ensure audio and video quality. Virtual Artist Talks will be recorded and posted by permission of the artist. A Zoom link to the event will go out 30 minutes prior to the event.

Faculty/Staff/Student Updates

Olanda Estrada, Academic Department Manager

    On-site Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm    
    •Available virtually Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm

Kristine Dodd, Academic Program Manager
    •Available virtually Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm

Daniel Stupar, Studio & Exhibitions Manager
     On-site Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7am-3:30pm
Available virtually Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm

Winnie Gier, Communications & Outreach Coordinator
     On-site Monday, Wednesday 4-6pm by appointment only
Available virtually Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm

Cory Broad, Safety Monitor
Mariana Ramos-Ortiz, Safety Monitor

Leslie Bostrom, Department Chair, Professor
Theresa Ganz, Associate Professor
Helina Metaferia, Mellon Gateway Postdoctoral Fellow
Paul Myoda, Associate Professor
Ed Osborn, Associate Professor
RaMell Ross, Assistant Professor
Leigh Tarentino, Associate Professor

Adjunct Lecturers
Leah Beeferman, MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
Heather Bhandari, MFA, Pennsylvania State University
Suzi Cozzens, BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Becci Davis, MFA, Lesley University
Anna McNeary, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Isabel Mattia, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Teaching Assistants
Cory Broad, Book Arts with Suzi Cozzens
Ineke Knudsen, Painting with Leigh Tarentino
Drew Leventhal, Photography with Theresa Ganz
Wes Sanders, Printmaking with Leslie Bostrom

VA Department Undergraduate Group (DUG) Leaders
Please help us welcome the 2020-2021 DUGs Sylvia Atwood '22, Rebecca Ho '21, Teo Obiaya '21, and Ozomatli Zarate '21. 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.

Facility Updates

Everyone will be required to:
Follow all Brown University, CDC, and State of RI guidelines; review the information on the
Healthy Brown Webpage; wear a face covering at all times unless other permissions are in place to support this; practice physical distancing guidelines; wash hands often and sanitize; follow our "clean if your touch" policy; bump doors vs use of hands as much as possible; keep a contact journal outlining who you have been in direct contact with; self-monitor for high temperatures; and stay home if you feel sick.

When returning to the List Art Building this Spring semester, please keep in mind these measures to help protect the students, faculty, and staff while in the building:
Only one person at a time should occupy the elevators.
Stairwells: the North stairwell (Waterman Street side) is designated for UP foot traffic only. The South stairwell (College Street side) is designated for DOWN foot traffic only.
Sanitizing stations: There are several hand and surface sanitizing options located on each floor. Please sanitize your hands often. Please wipe down any surfaces that you touch.
Bathrooms: The bathroom on the 2nd floor is for faculty and staff working in the List Art Building. There are additional bathrooms located in the basement, and on levels 3, 4, and 5.
Lounge areas: All couches, chairs, benches, and white tables will be removed. All cafe spaces outside studios will be removed.
Assigned Workstations: All students in hybrid courses will have assigned workstations in your classroom. Please always use your assigned studio space/desk when working during class AND outside of class time.

Studio Monitor Hours & Building Access During Non-class Times
Begins Wed. Jan 27 for Hybrid Courses

Studio Monitor hours give students enrolled in VISA courses the opportunity to work in our studios outside of class time. The following studios will staff a monitor during after-hours work: Black + White Darkroom, Book Arts Studio, Painting Studio, and Sculpture Studio on Sunday-Wednesday from 6pm-11pm. A monitor will not be staffed for the Digital Print Lab/Lighting Studio, Printmaking Studio, and Foundations Studios for the Spring '21 semester. Students enrolled in hybrid courses, senior Honors students, and certain ISP students may use the labs and studios outside of Lab Monitor Hours anytime from 7am-11pm Monday-Friday. Everyone must leave the building no later than 11pm. Certain equipment and machinery will be off limits and locked down when there is not a lab monitor present.

VA Office Closed on Fridays
The Department of Visual Art office will be closed on Fridays. The staff is available remotely. Please email the staff if you have a question, or to set up a virtual meeting.

Equipment Lending Library

Opens Mon. Feb 8 for Select Courses
The VA Lending Library (aka Equipment Checkout) will be closed for the Spring 2021 semester except for students in select courses. Honors, Black and White Photography (Ganz), and Other Lives of Time (Ross) will be able to check out designated equipment beginning February 8. Equipment loans to the general VISA student population will be closed until further notice. Equipment Checkout for essential courses will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm by appointment only.

Opportunities For Brown University Students

Nominate Alumni to Present at the Annual Alumni Panel Event
Every year, the Department of Visual Art invites VA alumni to take part in the Alumni Panel. The alumni are all at different stages of their careers; they talk about how their journeys as visual and performance artists, educators, and curators have changed since graduating from Brown. They’ll talk about the challenges and rewards of establishing a life and career in the arts, where they are with their work today, and what they’re planning for the future. We would like our student body to put names forward of who they would want to see participate in this event. The event will be held virtually. You may submit as many names as you would like. Please nominate Brown alumni

Exhibition Opportunity | VA Galleries
We have a few openings in the VA Student Galleries for weekly shows at the beginning of the Spring semester. Weekly gallery space is available from Feb 5 - Feb 25. If you are interested in having a solo, group, or curated exhibition in one of the three student galleries, please contact
Daniel Stupar for more information.

Funding | New Creative Artwork Grant
Deadline: Feb 10, apply via UFunds
The Department of Visual Art, Brown Arts Initiative, and David Winton Bell Gallery announce a new funding opportunity for all currently enrolled Brown University students: the Creative Artwork Grant. With the limitations resulting from COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, hosting an exhibition in 2021 proves to be an impossible task. The Department of Visual and our partners seek to shine a bit of light in these troubling times by encouraging the development of new artwork. In place of an exhibition this year, a jurying committee composed of Department of Visual Art Undergraduate Group leaders (DUGs) and BAI student representatives will award funding to support the creation of new works: the Creative Artwork Grant.

Jobs | MMLs at Brown
The Multimedia Labs at Brown are currently hiring both remote and onsite student positions. Current openings: Podcasting (remote), 3D Printing (onsite), Video (remote), 2D Printing (onsite). More info

Jobs | Research Assistant (Remote)
Avery Willis Hoffman, Artistic Director of the Brown Arts Initiative, is seeking a research assistant to survey, compile and analyze information surrounding the various aspects of programming at prominent Performing Arts Centers and local arts organizations. To find out more and apply, see REQ169028 in Workday.

Jobs | 21-22 RPL Recruitment
Residential Peer Leaders (RPLs) are the paraprofessional undergraduate student staff who actively cultivate the conditions that support the safety, wellbeing, and sense of belonging for their residents. RPLs do this under the supervision of and in partnership with the Office of Residential Life and in support of Brown University’s mission, values, and initiatives. RPLs work under the direct supervision of the Area Coordinators and other professional staff to create engaging and respectful residential environments that enhance the student experience. RPLs help maintain and foster a positive community living experience, and serve as leaders throughout the campus community. More info

Funding | Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
Apply to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship! MMUF is a two-year funded research and mentoring program aimed at eradicating racial disparities in academia by supporting Native American, Black and Latinx sophomores, as well as those committed to racial equity, to engage in independent research guided by Brown faculty. More info

Other Events and Opportunities

Breakthrough Providence | Volunteer and Employment Opportunities
The Breakthrough Teaching Fellow experience is designed for undergraduates of all majors and for high school students looking to pursue careers in education, as well as those who haven’t yet considered it. The opportunity is unlike any other, our staff are transformed by the experience. Education coursework is not a prerequisite. We seek applicants with a deep interest in social justice and a passion for working with students. More info

Creative Capital | Artist Opportunities with Upcoming Deadlines in January and February, 2021

"Creative Capital is committed to helping artists and their careers so that their work can carry us forward. As we embark on a new year, with unforeseen challenges ahead, the livelihood for many artists still remains uncertain and unstable. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of artist opportunities for artists in all disciplines looking for time, space, and funding to make work in 2021." More info here.

I-Park's 2021 Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale
Deadline: Mon. Jan 18

The residency, an integral element of the program, will be devoted exclusively to the six or seven artists and other site-responsive practitioners whose works will be exhibited at the 2021 Biennale.
I-Park views site-responsive art as a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory field – at its most impactful when the installations are developed and experienced in-situ. The term “site-responsive” is construed broadly to encompass the various aspects of the project site: visual aesthetics, ecology, geology, the built environment, history, and possibly, its imagined future. While all works will be ephemeral, it is expected that all works, including performance art, sound art, new media and the narrative arts will include a substantial physical element and that the installations will be reasonably intact through the autumn of 2022. More info here.

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