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. The Gallery presents six major exhibitions each year concentrating on contemporary currents in 20th- and 21st-century art. Recent exhibitions include one-person shows by Elizabeth King, Annabel Daou, and Yumi Kori. The exhibition program includes an annual student show, a triennial faculty exhibition, and an annual New England artists’ show. Smaller installations, drawn from the permanent collection and loans, are mounted in the foyer adjoining the main gallery. Lectures, symposium and other educational programs accompany each exhibition. The Gallery maintains a permanent collection of more than 5000 works of art encompassing the period from the 16th century to the present, with particular strength in works on paper and 20th-century art. 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.