Visual & Performing Arts

Brown has an energetic art scene

You can get your fill of theatrical performances, concerts, and exhibitions without leaving campus—not to mention the resources and events of RISD, the city of Providence, and beyond.

Theatre: A student performer gets ready.Theatre: A student performer gets ready.

Anyone can get involved. You don’t have to concentrate in art or theatre to have your work displayed or to act in (or direct) a play.

Clubs & Organizations

Brown students manage numerous art and performance clubs, including a cappella groups, student-produced theatre, dance troupes, student bands, visual art clubs, publications – even juggling, improv comedy and Taiko drumming. 

Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Learn more about programs in theatre, dance, speech and performance studies; peruse performance schedules and order tickets.

Department of Visual Art

Find information on the undergraduate visual arts concentration, art facilities, and classes in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, and video.

Department of Music

The Music Department offers multiple programs of study, sponsors student performances, facilitates individual instruction, and hosts special events.

David Winton Bell Gallery

Housed in List Art Center, The Bell Gallery features exhibitions by students and faculty, as well as local, national, and international artists.

Brown Festival of Dance: Brown Festival of Dance highlights professional works by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.Brown Festival of Dance: Brown Festival of Dance highlights professional works by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

Trinity Repertory Company

The renowned, Tony Award-winning professional theatre in downtown Providence is a Brown collaborator through the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

All students may enroll in classes at Brown’s neighbor (and vice versa). The Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program is a five-year curriculum that awards bachelor’s degrees from both institutions.

RISD Museum of Art

With a collection of more than 84,000 pieces, the RISD Museum is Rhode Island’s top fine arts destination.