The Creative Arts Council is made up of representatives from each of the arts units at Brown, plus the David Winton Bell Gallery and Rites and Reason Theatre.
The David Winton Bell Gallery serves as a vital link between the University and the local and national arts communities. Each year, the gallery organizes four to five major exhibitions that highlight the work of emerging talent and leading contemporary artists of all media. Recent exhibitions have included Taryn Simon, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Tristan Perich, Wafaa Bilal, Lucas Foglia, and Allison Owens. The gallery also hosts an annual juried student show that is open to all students. In conjunction with its exhibitions, the gallery regularly programs artist talks, symposia, and performances with exceptional voices in the arts. The Bell Gallery maintains a permanent collection of over 6000 objects, dating from the 16th century to the present. Highlights of the collection include major works by Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, Lee Bontecou, Diego Rivera, Danny Lyon, Larry Clark, Aaron Siskind, and Harry Callagan. The collection is open to the public by appointment and is available for use by classes.