This Week

'22 Honors Applications Open
Mon. Feb 22

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). The deadline to apply for '22 Honors is Thursday, April 1 at 5pm. If you have any questions, please meet with your advisor, or contact Olanda Estrada or Leslie Bostrom.

Ebony G. Patterson | Visiting Artist Talk
Wed. Feb 24, 5pm EST

here. Zoom link to the event will be sent out 30 minutes prior to event start time.

“For almost five years, I have been exploring the idea of gardens, both real and imagined, and their relationship to postcolonial spaces. I am interested in how gardens – natural but cultivated settings – operate with social demarcations. I investigate their relationship to beauty, dress, class, race, the body, land, and death. These new works create an immersive installation – a nocturnal garden that acknowledges bodies and sites, that uses pageantry and beauty to create presence in ‘gardens’ gone awry. We come to pause, to bear witness, and to acknowledge...” - Ebony G. Patterson, Artist Statement, 2018


Student Galleries
Now - Thurs. Feb 25

Hannah Bashkow, 2nd floor gallery
Valentine Walker, Gallery 221

Fri. Feb 26 - Thurs. Feb 4
Jenny Kim - 1st floor gallery
Matt Bruinooge - 2nd floor gallery

VA DUG Nomination Now Open

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
here. Form closes on Wed. March 17.

Save the Date

What I Am Thinking About Now: Helina Metaferia, “(Middle) Passage for Dreams” screening and talk
Thurs. Mar 4, 12pm
Helina Metaferia will present her multi-channel video art project, (Middle) Passage for Dreams, which is currently presented as a
solo exhibition at New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries through April 7, 2021. The project features Black bodies at rest in benevolent landscapes while discussing assorted contemporary topics, including notions of empowerment, existentialism, and what it means to be Black in America at this time. The video and its installation reclaim Black bodies from the spectacle of death and trauma that are continuously circulating in our screen-dependant era. The work interrogates land marked by America’s violent history (i.e. Black bodies on the ground and police brutality, Black bodies against trees and lynching, Black bodies in water and the transatlantic slave trade, Black bodies on plantations). The project was filmed over a three year period at sites across the United States in all four seasons. Presented by Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA). Please register to attend.

Opportunities & Events

2021 Meiklejohn Application
Deadline: March 20

Think advising is an important part of the Open Curriculum? Passionate about supporting first-years navigate Brown? You should apply to be a Meiklejohn! The Meiklejohn Program appreciates and recognizes students who take a variety of pathways through Brown and the valuable insights they can offer to first-years. Apply here! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Submit Work to Questions: Exhibiting Creative Hypotheses
Responding to the new normal created by the pandemic, the Multimedia Labs and Science Center are proud to announce a new collaboration that suggests the scientific process as a means to frame and catalyze creative and artistic production regardless of the medium. This call is open to all Brown students, staff and faculty, as well as RISD students, and will culminate in a digital online exhibition this Spring we are calling “Questions: Exhibiting Creative Hypotheses”. Please contact or with any questions. More info

SWANA Arts and Performance Series: Felukah
Thurs. Feb 18, 6:30pm
Come join the South West Asian and North African (SWANA) Heritage Series for their first event in the Arts & Performance series, an incredible virtual performance and Q&A with Egyptian female rapper Felukah! You must register in order to attend. Co-sponsored by the Brown-RISD Arab Society. Register

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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