This Week

Annual Alumni Panel
Fri. Mar 12, 1-3pm

Each year, the Department of Visual Art invites VA alumni to take part in the Annual Alumni Panel. The alumni are at varying stages of their careers and will talk about how their journeys as visual and performance artists, educators, curators, and activists have changed since graduating from Brown. They’ll discuss 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.

This year's panelists are Dara Kwayera Imani Bayer ’08, Sofie Ramos ’13, Scott Snibbe ’91, and Kah Yangni ’14. The discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Heather Bhandari ’97. A registration link to the event will be sent directly to all currently enrolled VISA students.


Student Galleries
Fri. Mar 5 - Thurs. Mar 11
Jenny Kim - 1st floor gallery
Slyvia Atwood - 2nd floor gallery
Deanna Moorehead - Gallery 221

Fri. Mar 12 - Thurs. Mar 18
Victoria Xu - 1st floor gallery
Bibiana Rivera - 2nd floor gallery
Deanna Moorehead - Gallery 221

VA DUG Nomination Now Open
Deadline to nominate: Wed. Mar 17

The Department of Visual Art is looking to our student body to elect two VA Concentrators to join Sylvia Atwood '22 as DUGs for the 2021-2022 academic year. VA DUGs are chosen each year to help students connect with one another, with faculty, and with alumni. VA DUGs participate in concentration fairs, provide a unique perspective to inquiries from prospective students, organize the open studio and other social events (online and in-person), and assist with an annual juried student art exhibition. You may self-nominate and/or put forward names

'22 Honors Applications Now Open
Deadline to apply: Thurs. Apr 1

The Department of Visual Art welcomes Junior VISA Concentrators to apply to the Honors Program for the 2021-2022 academic year. The details of the program are outlined on our website here. Once you are ready to apply, follow this link to the application (sign in with your Brown username and password). If you have any questions, please meet with your advisor, or contact Olanda Estrada or Leslie Bostrom.

Save the Date

Vanessa German | Virtual Artist Talk
Wed. Mar 24, 5pm EDT

Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood.
Registration opens Tues, Mar. 9.

All Equipment Due Back
By Wed. Apr 7
All items on loan through the Department of Visual Art Lending Library are due back no later than Wednesday, April 7th.

Other Opportunities & Events

Un/Commoning Pedagogies Symposia: Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Embodied Practices
Wed. Mar 10, 11am-12:30pm

"Un/Commoning Pedagogies Collective —Dasha A. Chapman, J Dellecave, Adanna Kai Jones, Sharon Kivenko, Mario LaMothe, Lailye Weidman, Queen Mecca Zabriskie —are a cohort of artist-educators committed to centering dance, embodiment, and social justice via our pedagogical work. We teach across the intersections of diverse fields: Anthropology, Sociology, Black and Africana Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Dance, and Performance Studies". Please register

Queerness in the Museum
Tues. Mar 16, 12pm

"Join the LGBTQ Center for a discussion with exhibit designer and independent museum professional Margaret Middleton (they/them) where we will explore what it means to embody and present queerness within the context of the museum. Attendants can expect a community conversation on interpreting queer history in museums, creating queer-inclusive exhibitions, and the importance of advocating for social justice as a museum worker. Margaret will also share their experiences on being a genderqueer and bisexual professional in their field and talk about their most recent article “Queer Possibility”. If you are interested in museums, our relationship to history and representation, queerness, and being out in the workplace, this community conversation is for you!" RSVP

Brown Office of Global Engagement | Thesis Highlights
Deadline: March 31

The Brown Office of Global Engagement has an opportunity for Visual Arts thesis writers to be recognized on thier social media platforms. Their office is collecting short descriptions (approximately 2-3 sentences) and student photos for senior thesis projects with an international focus to be posted. 
Email for more information.

Call for Submissions | Beyond Thought Journal
Located at the heart of Las Vegas, Beyond Thought promotes artistic freedom among undergraduate students from different backgrounds across the country. The diversity of the staff and creators offers the audience different perspectives of the world, situations, and ourselves. Art deserves a sanctuary, and Beyond Thought cultivates an environment where your artistic ambition can flourish. More information here.

Grants in Response to the Impact of COVID-19
Deadline: April 1

The Council will fund project grants that support individual scholars, film and other media makers, and cultural producers—as well as nonprofit humanities organizations—in the production of accessible projects that connect audiences with the public humanities in the age of social distancing. These projects may document and interpret the experience of the pandemic in Rhode Island, create or extend humanities-learning practices that have been amplified or emerged in response to the pandemic, or encourage audiences to explore topics relevant to social, cultural, and civic life in Rhode Island. More info

VA Gives

Wendy V. Edwards Painting Fund

We are so thankful for the outpouring of support we received in honor of Wendy Edwards, Professor Emerita of Visual Art, who retired this past spring from Brown after forty years of dedicated service. A passionate supporter of arts education and an inspiring figure on College Hill, Professor Emerita Edwards is greatly missed.

To honor Professor Emerita Edwards’ legacy at Brown, the Department of Visual Art established the Wendy Edwards Painting Fund in November 2019, with a goal of raising $100,000. Due to the efforts of our loyal alumni and friends, we have raised $56,775 to date! Once the additional $43,225 is raised, the fund will provide support for the students of the Department of Visual Art in perpetuity as an endowed fund, in the name of Professor Emerita Edwards.

Please join us in making a gift in celebration of Professor Emerita Edwards and her time at Brown. This fund will serve as a lasting reminder of her commitment to her students and her craft. 

To make a gift online, follow the
link here, check the box for “other” and fill in the designation field as “Wendy Edwards Painting Supply Current-Use Fund.” To make a gift by check or money order, follow these instructions, designating your gift on the memo line as “Wendy Edwards Painting Supply Current-Use Fund.” 

If you have questions about making a gift, please contact
Jeffrey Cabral, Senior Director of Development for the Brown Arts Initiative. 
Thank you for your support.

Leslie Bostrom
Professor and Chair, Department of Visual Art

View the
virtual tour of Luscious: Paintings and Drawings by Wendy Edwards, a 40-year retrospective at the David Winton Bell Gallery, and watch Professor Emerita Wendy Edwards In conversation with Ruth Fine.

Please Remember

Everyone is 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 open 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 inside the List Art Building, please keep in mind these measures to help protect the students, faculty, and staff working 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 or wash 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 the classroom. 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
Studio Monitor Hours give students enrolled in hybrid VISA courses the opportunity to work in studios outside of class time. The following studios will staff a monitor during Studio Monitor Hours: 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. Visual Art staff is available remotely. Please email the staff if you have a question or to set up a virtual meeting.

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