Brown University

Brown’s climate of openness and cooperation can be traced back more than two centuries to its founding as the third college in New England and the seventh in America.
Brown was the Baptist answer to Congregationalist Yale and Harvard, Presbyterian Princeton, and Episcopalian Penn and Columbia. At the time, it was the only one that welcomed students of all religious persuasions (following the example of Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island in 1636 on the same principle). Brown has long since shed its Baptist affiliation, but remains dedicated to diversity and intellectual freedom.

The history of Brown tells of a university constantly undergoing change. Founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island in Warren, Rhode Island, the school registered its first students in 1765. It moved in 1770 to its present location on College Hill, overlooking the city of Providence. In 1804, in recognition of a gift from Nicholas Brown, the College of Rhode Island was renamed Brown University. The first women were admitted in 1891, when the establishment of the Women’s College marked the beginning of eighty... [ Read All ]


United States

List Art Building, 64 College Street, Brown University, Box 1861
Rhode Island
Phone: (401) 863-2423
Fax: (401) 863-1680

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Location and Getting there

Directions for Visitors to Brown
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By Plane - T. F. Green Airport is located about ten miles south of Providence. The most economical way of transportation to the campus is by shuttle (Airport Limousine Co.), which leaves the airport on the hour and arrives on campus about 15 minutes later.

By Train/Bus - The train terminal is located in Providence's downtown district. From there, you should take a cab to campus. The Bonanza bus terminal is located to the north of downtown and provides a free shuttle to Kennedy Plaza. From there, you can either walk "up the hill" (about 10 to 15 minutes), or take a bus or cab to campus.

By Automobile -
(Note: Construction projects in the city may require adjustments to the routes below.)
*** Due to construction on I-90, please allow extra travel time if coming from Boston. ***

From the north and south: If traveling on I-95 South, move into the second lane from the far left as soon as you see the State Capitol building. From I-95 No...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

A Visual Arts education at Brown is a rich experience of conceptual challenge, skill building, and self-discovery. Our students acquire the intellectual and practical tools to make art as well as to interpret and critique the world of images. We offer the student a range of educational experiences with in both historical studio practices (drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture) in addition to newer and emerging technologies (digital media, film and video). All the Visual Art faculty are nationally exhibited working artists.

Our purpose is to prepare students for graduate study and/or to work productively within an expanding array of opportunities offered by the visual culture industry. We offer two undergraduate concentrations: Visual Art, and Art/Semiotics, an interdisciplinary concentration with the Department of Modern Culture and Media. In addition, our students have the opportunity to take classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. Alumni from the Brown Visual Art and Art/Semiotics Concentrations include successful artists in every medium.

We also offer non-concentrators an opportunity to explore ...  [ Read All ]

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News and Events

March 20 - 25
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Scanners Available for Student Use
The Art Slide Library has notified us that the demand for their scanners has escalated.
The Visual Art Department does have scanners available for students, a Nikon in the MML,
or see Professor Kerry Coppin in Photo; we encourage you to use our scanners.

2006 Award winners
Lauren Khoo
David Watson Sobel
Elizabeth Stamp

John Dusty Szymunski

Lauren Gidwitz
Laini Nemett
Janelle Sing

Hana van der Steur

Mixed/Digital Media
Shanay Jhaveri
Brian James Lee

1) Photoshoot Saturday was spectacular. Thunderous applause to those who dropped in. We saw 24 beautiful faces--
as well as some jumping, group shots, hair flipping, and stylin' getups. Your photos will be online in about two weeks.
We'll announce the final photoshoot soon! Meanwhile...
2) Send your WORDS and IMAGES to
IMAGES: 2-3 photos/scans, 300 dp...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates

The following are general descriptions of courses offered by the Department of Visual Art. Not all of these courses are offered each year. VA10 (or VA11) is a prerequisite for all the courses listed, unless a waiver is obtained through a portfolio review. All courses have strictly limited enrollment and require written permission in order to register.
VA10 Studio Foundation Design
This is a prerequsite for all visual art courses, except for VA11 (see next entry). It is not solely meant as a technical course. Rather, it is also intended as an experience which cultivates the capacity for visual thinking in the individual.

VA11 Advanced Studio Foundation
Admission to this class is granted only after a portfolio review.

VA100 Color Theory
A studio/seminar dealing with the theoretical aspects of color.

VA101 Contemporary Art
This course enables students to become aware of the visual/intermedia works since 1945.
This course is a concentration requirement.

VA110 Methods and Materials, Drawing
A study into some of the aspects of drawing, technically and historically, which are not usually considered in the regu...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students  


Student Facilities

The Department of Visual Art is located in the List Building on the West end of campus. We share the Philip Johnson designed building with the Bell Gallery, the History of Art and Architecture Department,, and the Slide Library. Our sculpture studio, at 4100 square feet, is outfitted for both wood and metal working. The painting studio, 4000 square feet on the 5 th floor, is lit by north facing skylights. Painting students get their own small studios. There is a similar size Printmaking facility on the 3 rd floor, with equipment for relief, intaglio, lithography, and silk- screen. In addition we have large format digital printers capable of printing works 40" wide and several feet long. We have a photo classroom and darkroom facility, two 1400 square feet drawing studios, and a few smaller rooms for independent study studio space. The Bell Gallery, located on the first floor, mounts six shows a year of contemporary artists in both one person and group exhibitions.

When asked what they like the best about the Art Department, Concentrators mention professors, facilities, and equipment, but top on their list is what they express as...  [ Read All ]

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How To Apply

March 1, 2007 is the deadline for transfer applications for both Fall 2007 and Winter 2008.  

Visit us (open days)

The Office of Admission at 45 Prospect Street offers regular tours and information sessions most weekdays and select Saturdays throughout the year, as well as campus maps. Most of Brown’s 238 buildings and facilities are within a few blocks of the campus center, called the College Green.

Kennedy Plaza, the local bus service hub, and Union Station, home to trains from Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), are both downtown, just a short walk or taxi ride from campus. T.F. Green Airport is 10 miles south, in Warwick, R.I.

For those who cannot visit you can take a virtual tour of the campus at