PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Kent Kleinman, a distinguished architect, scholar and longtime higher education leader, has been appointed faculty director of the Brown Arts Institute, effective Friday, July 15.
As faculty director, Kleinman — who currently leads academic affairs as provost at Rhode Island School of Design — will work closely with faculty affiliated with the arts at Brown to develop new academic programs and guide the implementation of the BAI. The arts institute coordinates academic and artistic programming at Brown, together with seven affiliated departments: music, theatre arts and performance studies, modern culture and media, visual art, history of art and architecture, literary arts, and Africana studies and its Rites and Reason Theatre.
He will work closely with the BAI’s artistic director, Avery Willis Hoffman, to support community engagement, mentorship and professional development programs and to build upon the institute’s relationships with arts institutions and educational groups in Rhode Island and across the country. Kleinman will also serve as a professor of the practice in the Department of History of Art and Architecture.
Brown Provost Richard M. Locke said Kleinman’s arrival comes at a particularly exciting time for the arts at Brown, with a cutting-edge Performing Arts Center in the latter stages of construction on College Hill.
“Kent is a deeply accomplished architect, educator and arts administrator who will build on the early successes of the Brown Arts Institute to fuel continued growth and excitement in the arts at Brown,” Locke said. “As he works closely with Avery in this pivotal moment, his dynamic leadership will undoubtedly build upon Brown’s reputation as an increasingly important nexus of artistic talent, creativity and innovation.”
Locke noted that in joining Brown from Rhode Island School of Design — the University’s partner on the innovative Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program and the Master of Arts in Design Engineering, a graduate dual-degree program that fosters innovation at the intersection of design and engineering — Kleinman will come with a firsthand understanding of the arts landscape in Providence and how the strengths of the two world-class institutions can complement each other.
Before becoming RISD’s provost, Kleinman served as dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University from 2008 to 2018. He has also been a faculty member at Parsons School of Design, the State University of New York at Buffalo and at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Kleinman has taught at institutions globally, including the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and ETH Zürich.