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New Creative Artwork Grant

The Department of Visual Art, Brown Arts Initiative, and David Winton Bell Gallery announce a new funding opportunity for all currently enrolled Brown University students: the Creative Artwork Grant.


Historically, the Department of Visual Art partners with the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) and David Winton Bell Gallery to conduct an Annual Juried Exhibition for all students enrolled at Brown University. Students from all concentrations submitted creative works in hopes of being juried into the annual exhibition. 


With the limitations resulting from COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, hosting such an exhibition in 2021 proves to be an impossible task. The Department of Visual and our partners seek to shine a bit of light in these troubling times by encouraging the development of new artwork. In place of an exhibition this year, a jurying committee composed of Department of Visual Art Undergraduate Group leaders (DUGs) and BAI student representatives will award funding to support the creation of new works: the Creative Artwork Grant. 


In an effort to streamline the process for students requesting funding, the application for the Creative Artwork Grant is housed within the current BAI Student Grant listed on UFunds. Students applying to the BAI Student Grant are eligible to receive funding from both the BAI and the Creative Artwork Grant, but please note the total amount awarded will not exceed the original grant request.


The Student Grant program will open Tuesday, January 12 and close Wednesday, February 10 at 5PM sharp.


Apply via UFunds. For all inquiries regarding the Creative Artwork Grant and application process, please contact the BAI ([email protected]) or visit the BAI Student Grant website.

Every year the Department of Visual Art grants a variety of selective fellowships and prizes to students who demonstrate artistic excellence & passion for the visual arts.

Ann Belsky Moranis Prize
Created in memoriam, this prize is awarded to a Senior Visual Art Concentrator during Commencement each year. Selected by Department of Visual Art faculty members, the honored student displays exceptional skills, creativity, and is independently driven to excel in their field.

Flexible Flyer Fellowship Award
Limited to Junior and Senior students, the Flexible Flyer Fellowship supports student driven projects including, though not limited to, Independent Student Projects, personal art projects, Brown curriculum based work, etc. Honored students display intention to pursue a career creating or supporting art.

Gilbert Stuart Prizes in Art
First awarded to students in 1965, this award honors students who exhibit innovative and unique perspectives, imaginative use of materials, or contextual arguments within their work.

Hugh Townley Travel Fellowship Award
This fellowship supports the student effort to enrich and fortify their perspective before embarking on a career in visual art. Limited to covering the cost of traveling, the fellowship requires honored students to propose not only a project but also a travel plan.

Marlene Malik Fellowship Award
This award supports the efforts of Visual Art Concentrators in purchasing supplies and materials used to design and construct 3D projects.  

Minnie Helen Hicks Prizes in Art
Supported via income earned by the Minnie Helen Hicks Fund, this award honors students who exhibit innovative and unique perspectives, imaginative use of materials, or contextual arguments within their work.

Roberta Joslin Prize For Excellence In Art
Supported by an endowment in memory of Roberta Joslin, this award honors students who display innovative work in visual art. This prize is awarded to graduating Visual Art Concentrators during Commencement each year.

Undergraduate Teaching or Research Assistantships (UTRAS)
Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support Brown students collaborating with Brown faculty on research and teaching projects during the summer or the academic year. UTRAs provide students with valuable academic experience that prepares them for graduate study and contributes directly to course development at Brown.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships
The Department of Visual Art annually appoints graduate students from the Rhode Island School of Design as teaching assistants. These students work with regular department faculty in the major disciplines of the department: art of the book, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.