This Week

Firelei Báez | Virtual Artist Talk
Wed. Feb 3, 5pm, register

Firelei Báez casts diasporic histories into an imaginative realm, re-working visual references drawn from the past to explore new possibilities for the future. With a goal to reclaim power, Báez overlays figuration, symbolic imagery, and abstract gesture onto large-scale reproductions of found maps and documents. She populates these historically-loaded representations of space with change-making creatures—whose hybrid forms incorporate folkloric and literary references, textile pattern, plantlife, and wide-ranging emblems of healing and resistance—to present fictional alternative universes. The artist will be in conversation with Leticia Alvarado, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and American Studies at Brown University. In partnership with Brown Arts Initiative.

Save the Date

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. Only students currently enrolled in VISA0120, VISA1510, VISA1800C, VISA1900 and certain ISP students will be able to check out designated equipment beginning February 8. Equipment Checkout for essential courses will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm by appointment only. Once class rosters are finalized after shopping period ends, approved students will receive a link to the appointment page.

No Studio Monitor Hours During Long Weekend
Thurs. Feb 11 - Wed. Feb 16
There will be no Studio Monitor Hours during the Long Weekend. Normal hours will resume on Wed. Feb 17.

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.

Funding | David Dornstein '85 Artist Grant
The David Dornstein ’85 Artist Grant is conceived to provide resources for exceptional and unique projects that serve as a “next step” for graduating seniors or graduate students. Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in their final year at Brown University. This grant is intended to support students that are not immediately enrolling in graduate school post-graduation. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to eligible graduating students for projects that take place after graduation. More info

Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research
Applicants must be a current full-time student working toward a Brown University undergraduate degree. Eligible projects include any paper or project submitted by an individual or group for a Brown class in the 2020 calendar year. More info

Wish You Were Here | Mail Art Project

Art forms could include drawing, painting, stamping, collage, poetry, song lyrics, mixed media, etc. More info here.

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