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Annual Staff Exhibit - Call for Work

Do you create, make, or invent? The Granoff Center is gearing up for the Annual Staff Exhibition featuring work by a myriad of staff members right here at Brown. If you are interested in submitting work for consideration, please e-mail up to 10 images to granoffcurator@brown.edu. All submissions must be received no later than 11/25.

When submitting, please include:
1. Title
2. Medium
3. Dimensions

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail granoffcurator@brown.edu

See footage from last year's exhibit:

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Applications now being accepted!

The Creative Arts Council is currently planning for Spring 2014 and the 2014-2015 academic year at the Granoff Center.  We are now accepting applications for courses and Cohen Gallery exhibitions for the Granoff Center for Spring 2014 and Fall 2014/Spring 2015. Additional information can be found below:

Course Proposals: Faculty interested in proposing a course to be taught in the Granoff Center during Spring 2014 or the 2014-2015 academic year may fill out a course proposal form. Course proposals are due on November 15 for consideration for Spring 2014 courses; proposlas for the 2014-2015 academic year will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.


Cohen Gallery:  Faculty or students interested in proposing an exhibit for the Granoff Center’s Cohen Gallery during the 2014 - 2015 academic year may fill out an exhibition proposal form. Please note that if you are an artist acting as a curator, your own work may not comprise more than 25% of the proposed exhibition.  Proposals are due on February 28.

Bruce High Quality Foundation

The Granoff Center's Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce Freedom, the upcoming exhibition by The Bruce High Quality Foundation.

Freedom opens on May 2, 2013.  The opening is preceeded by an Artist Talk at 6:30pm in the Granoff Center's Martinos Auditorium.

They're coming...

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Granoff Furniture Suite

Earlier this month, the Granoff Furniture Suite, a collection of custon-designed furniture for teh five Living Rooms which dot the Atrium Stair, was unveiled.  Read about it at Core77.

photo by Taylor McKenzie-Vealphoto by Taylor McKenzie-Veal

How to Build a Forest

How to Build a Forest, the performance installation coming to the Granoff Center this week, is in full swing.

Read about it:

Come enter the Forest, February 27th and 28th from 2-10pm in the Granoff Center, Studio 1, 154 Angell Street, Providence.  Guests are welcome to come in and out of the Forest during the 8-hour installation.

Planning for Academic Year 2014

The Creative Arts Council is currently planning for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 at the Granoff Center.  We are now accepting grant applications for Fitt Artist Residencies, as well as proposals for courses and Cohen Gallery exhibitions for the Granoff Center for Fall 2013/Spring 2014. Additional information can be found below:

Grant Opportunities:
Fitt Artsist in Residence:
 The CAC awards a maximum of $10,000 to Brown faculty in support of artist residencies of one week or longer for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Proposals should support an artist distinguished in his/her field, willing to spend a large portion of the residency interacting with students, through workshops, master classes, etc. Interested applicants may submit a letter of interest to the Creative Arts Council Grant Review committee, c/o Chira_Delsesto@brown.edu, between February 1 - 11.  Once the Letter of Intent is received, you will be given the formal application.  We strongly encourage all faculty wishing to submit a grant request to meet with your Department Managers before submitting a request to review department calendars and budget.  Please note this is the only opportunity to apply for residency funds for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Granoff Center Applications:
Course Proposals: Faculty interested in proposing a course to be taught in the Granoff Center during the 2013-2014 academic year should be in touch with Chira DelSesto to request an application. Course proposals are due on March 1 for consideration for Fall 2013 courses; proposlas for Spring 2014 will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.

Cohen Gallery:  Faculty or students interested in proposing an exhibit for the Granoff Center’s Cohen Gallery during the 2013 - 2014 academic year should be in touch with Chira DelSesto to request an application.  Proposals are due on February 28 for consideration for Fall 2013 exhibitions; proposlas for Spring 2014 will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.

Soulographie Review

"Soulographie: Our Genocides,” a series of 17 plays by Erik Ehn, director of playwriting, opens at La MaMa in New York.  For the first time, viewers can see a marathon of all 17 plays this weekend.  

“Soulographie: Our Genocides” continues through Sunday at La MaMa, Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East Fourth Street, East Village; lamama.org, (212) 475-7710.

Read the NY TImes review.

Call for Mural


The Granoff Creative Arts Center is seeking students to complete a mural for the spring of 2013. The work is to be sited on the main entrance wall next to the Cohen Gallery. The dimensions of the wall vary given the status of the Cohen Gallery exhibition. For instance, the wall is twice the width when the sliding door to the gallery is closed verses when it is closed. Given this variable landscape in the building, we at the Granoff would appreciate a student work that capitalizes on this shift and presents a 2D visual work that will enliven the space.  The work should be a thin material applied to the wall - paper, vinyl, canvas, or paint directly on the surface. Any applied materials should have a maximum thickness of 1/4". Dimensions of the wall:

  • Height of wall: 15.5'
  • Width of the wall when gallery door is open: 20.4'
  • Width of the wall when gallery door is closed: 10.25' 
Installation would be scheduled for the month of January, 2013. Materials allowance: $300.


Please submit proposals to associate curator Elysian McNiff.  Proposals should include a letter of intent, sketches and up to 10 work samples. Submission deadline: Friday, November 30th at Noon. 

Grant and Space Applications


The Creative Arts Council is currently planning for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 at the Granoff Center.  Beginning on September 10, we are accepting grant applications for Course Development and Fitt Artist Residencies, as well as proposals for courses and Cohen Gallery exhibitions for the Granoff Center for Fall 2013/Spring 2014. Additional information can be found below:Grant Opportunities:Fitt Artsist in Residence:  The CAC awards a maximum of $10,000 to Brown faculty in support of artist residencies of one week or longer for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Proposals should support an artist distinguished in his/her field, willing to spend a large portion of the residency interacting with students, through workshops, master classes, etc. Interested applicants may submit a letter of interest to the Creative Arts Council Grant Review committee, c/o Chira_Delsesto@brown.edu, between September 10th and September 17th.  Once the Letter of Intent is received, you will be given the formal application.  We strongly encourage all faculty wishing to submit a grant request to meet with your Department Managers before submitting a request to review department calendars and budget.  Granoff Center Applications:Course Proposals: Faculty interested in proposing a course to be taught in the Granoff Center during the Spring 2013, and/or the 2013-2014 academic year should be in touch with Chira DelSesto to request an application. Course proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis (through October 15 for Spring 2013, Through November 15 for Fall 2013/Spring 2014).Cohen Gallery:  Faculty or students interested in proposing an exhibit for the Granoff Center’s Cohen Gallery during the 2013 - 2014 academic year should be in touch withChira DelSesto to request an application.  Exhibition proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through October 15.

Lantern Festival

In conjunction with Bown's Year of China, Prof. Paul Myoda's spring semester sculpture studio produced this large-scale light installation inspired by the annual lantern festivals celebrated across China. Each of the 15 students created and produced their own original lantern design.  A group of engineering students led by Prof. Rashid Zia designed and built LED circuits for each sculpture. Programmed to reference the fluttering firelight of traditional Chinese lanterns, over 300 sculptures blanketed the facade of the Granoff Center for one night only.

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