Visual Art

Equipment and Resources

Departmental, University-wide, and external resources for Visual Art students.

Equipment Checkout

Digital cameras, film cameras, microphones, projectors, sound recorders, tripod and much more are available to students currently enrolled in the Department of Visual Art. Equipment Checkout is open Monday-Thursday from 1-3pm. Email for more information.

Services & Equipment

Brown Design Workshop

The Brown Design Workshop (BDW) in Prince Lab is an on-campus makerspace open to all Brown/RISD students. We are a key to the overall re-envisioning of engineering, which aims to make the disciplines of creation and design within the School of Engineering, more collaborative, open, flexible and accessible to all parts of campus.

The BDW has a diverse array of construction tools. We also have quite a bit of material for use — leftover from research projects, coursework, and events in the space. We generally recommend bringing your own materials, but please come have a look at what we have stocked as well.

Brown Design Workshop
Prince Lab
Corner of Brook Street and Manning Walk

Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library

The Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio, opened in early 2016 with generous support from the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, provides a unique and exciting new intellectual hub for digitally enhanced scholarship at Brown University.

Expanding on the concept and functionality of the adjacent Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, the Digital Studio facilitates both short-term and extended engagements with academic questions that benefit from the infusion of technology and new methodologies in research and learning.

Open to all faculty and students, the Studio contains a 3D printer, 3D scanner, large-format plotter printer, and a fully equipped, soundproof audio/video recording suite.

List Art Equipment Lending Library

The Lending Library housed in the List Art Building is available to any student enrolled in a VISA course. Some restrictions apply based on the course in which the student is enrolled. Equipment is available for a 7 day check-out period.

Examples of equipment that is available includes digital cameras, film cameras, microphones, projectors, sound recorders, tripod and much more.

Equipment checkout is open Monday-Friday from 1pm-3pm. Email for more information.

Equipment Lending Library
64 College Street
Room 515

Library & Research

Rockefeller Library/
Karen Bouchard

Scholarly Resources Librarian,
Art and Architecture

Digital image collections include the ARTstor and Luna Insight databases. In addition, Karen Bouchard or Brown University Library staff can offer advice to students, staff, and faculty on finding images, books and articles for your papers, models, and projects. Karen is available during the day in person by appointment or by email or chat. Please make an appointment for in-depth consultation.

Karen Bouchard
Rockefeller Library, A16
(401) 863 3218

Fleet Library at RISD

Fleet Library at RISD has over 100,000 books and periodicals, institutional archives, special collections, artists' books, material samples and picture collection, and provides access to a wide range of digital resources, along with professional expertise to help navigate both online and physical resources for classroom instruction, individual research support and creative work.

Fleet Library
15 Westminster St.  Providence
(401) 709-5900


Creative Reuse Center of Rhode Island

We are inspired to continue the mission of RRIE, Recycling for RI Education, which served the Rhode Island community for 30 years.

Our mission is to:

  • Nurture young people’s self-discovery and self-actualization through creativity.
  • Provide affordable materials for educators, artists, and community builders.
  • Encourage preservation of the environment by reusing excess inventory from the business community.
  • We aim to create a space that is explicitly anti-racist, safe and accessible.

Creative Reuse Center
Community Store/ Non-Profit
991 Waterman Avenue, East Providence