Chair's Welcome

Welcome back from the Summer break! The department has an exciting year lined up, full of interesting visiting artist lectures and programs. 

I encourage you to join us for all that you can manage. 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 VA Concentrators and a great time to connect with faculty outside the studio. The List Art Building, home to the Visual Art Department, also houses rotating student exhibitions in its four gallery locations. The Department Diversity and Inclusion Committee also hosts town-hall meetings and events throughout the year that we hope you attend.

Please stay in touch with your Concentration advisor throughout the year and look for updates in this newsletter. My office hours are Tuesdays from Noon-2PM and by appointment. Please feel free to stop in with any concerns or just to say hello!

Leslie Bostrom,
Chair, Department of Visual Art


Welcome Back!

Check out the “Welcome Back” poster on each floor of the List Art Building for a full listing of courses offered by the Visual Art Department this semester, information about Open Lab Hours, Equipment Checkout, the Visiting Artist Program, and other exciting events happening this semester.

VA Department Undergraduate Group (DUG) Leaders

Please help us welcome the 2018-2019 DUGs Kat Chavez '19, Tia Forsman ‘19, 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.

Wintersession in LA | Info Session
Fri. Sept 14, 12pm
Granoff Center, Studio 3
From Beginning to End: Process and Creation - The Brown Arts Initiative with the Department of Visual Art will offer an off-site course in Los Angeles, CA. Students will explore how artists progress from an initial idea to a final public presentation in the fields of visual art, TV/film and music. The course will feature guest lectures by leading alumni and others working in these fields. Students will also develop their own project proposals to be completed in a future semester as a capstone, honors thesis, etc. Pizza will be provided. More info

Student Galleries

Now - Thurs. Sept 13
Rising Seniors Group Exhibition- all galleries

Fri. Sept 14 - Thurs. Sept 27
From the Summer Group Exhibition - all galleries

Save the Date

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.

Senior Class Luncheon
Tues. Sept 25, 12pm
List Art Building, room 222A
All Senior VA Concentrators are invited to join Leslie Bostrom for a luncheon in her office. 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! Blick Art and 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.

Facility Updates

Equipment Lending Library
Opens Mon. Sept 10, 1-3pm
List Art Building, room 515
The VA Lending Library is open daily from 1-3pm. Equipment is available for a 7-day checkout period. 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

Open Lab Hours
Begin Sun. Sept 16*
List Art Building, various studios
Open lab hours give students enrolled in VA courses the chance to work in the studio outside of class time. Open lab hours are as follows:

Black + White Darkroom (321), Digital Print Lab (512), Foundation Studio (225), and Painting (510), Printmaking (310)
Sunday, 7:30pm-midnight
Monday-Thursday, 8:30pm-midnight

Sculpture (B10)
Sunday, 4pm-11pm
Monday-Thursday, 7pm-11pm

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

Other Events and Opportunities

ISP with Professor Richard Fishman
Deadline: Tues. Sept 11
There is an opportunity to work with Professor Emeritus Richard Fishman on an ISP during the Fall 2018 semester. If you are interested, submit your project for consideration by Tuesday, September 11, 2018. One project will be selected, with Professor Fishman's input. Professor Fishman has taught Sculpture and Drawing. He developed the Elm Tree Project, created the courses in Hybrid Art, and pioneered team-taught courses between art and science. He is an ideal advisor for cross-disciplinary projects. Apply here.

BAI Grants
Deadlines: 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.

Exhibition | Classic Beauty: 21st-Century Artists on Ancient [Greek] Form
Wed. Sept 12, 6-8pm
Providence College Galleries
63 Eaton Street, Providence

Classic Beauty: 21st-Century Artists on Ancient [Greek] Form is a group exhibition that looks at how and why contemporary artists replicate or carry forward methods and aesthetics of Ancient Greece. The exhibition traces artists’ interest in history, archaeology, and visual research that redefines iconic forms, including those expressed through post-Greco-Roman aesthetic lenses of successive eras and geographies.

Julie Sloane '92 Fellowship Award
Deadline: Mon. Oct 8
In memory of Julie Sloane ‘92, this award is available to students currently enrolled in a VISA course to support the purchase of supplies and materials for art projects. Apply here

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