Visual Art

Students are supported in this endeavor by our Gallery Coordinator, who provides information to students about the professional protocols for exhibit installation. Students are assigned gallery space one semester in advance. Seniors work closely with their Concentration Advisor and the Gallery Coordinator to define the scope of their work and identify the specific installation requirements for their show. Once the show is installed, seniors are required to have their show critiqued by two faculty members.

Senior Capstone Exhibitions are required to be up for a period of one week. Designated exhibition locations within the List Art Building include the first floor inner lobby, the second floor hallway, Gallery 221 (on the second floor), the third floor hallway, and the fifth floor hallway. Other student exhibition spaces are available outside of the List Art Building with prior approval from a faculty advisor and the VA Gallery Coordinator.

Dates and List Art Building spaces for Senior Capstone Exhibitions are determined by lottery. The first semester lottery takes place in September, and the second semester lottery takes place in November.

Advisor and Jurors

For Senior Capstone Exhibitions, students must select a faculty advisor and two faculty jurors during the week following the lottery. (The faculty advisor can be one of the jurors.) During the period of the exhibition, the student must arrange a critique with both jurors. The student must obtain the signatures of each juror on a provided form and return it to the Visual Art office immediately following the critiques.


It is the student's responsibility to submit a proposal to the Gallery Coordinator outlining the general characteristics of their exhibition. The proposal should include:

  • Location of the exhibition.
  • Specific type of art work to be displayed (If there is an audio component, it cannot interfere with classes in nearby classrooms.)
  • Drawings of construction, if the exhibition space is to be altered.
  • A detailed list of any special treatment of the floor.
  • Any anticipated alteration of the lights or other electrical apparatuses.
  • Any paints and solvent that will be used in setting up the exhibition.
  • If creating an installation, a list of the materials that the student intends to use.
  • Any assistance required regarding technical aspects that the student may be unsure of.

The student is responsible for all aspects of the exhibition, i.e. hanging, lighting, painting, a thorough clean-up of the area, announcements, receptions, etc. All undergraduate social events at Brown University must follow the Procedures for the Planning & Management of Social Functions. More information is available at the Student Activities Office.

Senior Yearbook

The Senior Yearbook is an annual catalog showcasing graduating senior thesis capstone exhibitions. Each student received a full spread in the catalog, highlighting one of their artworks and their artist statement along with a portrait of the artist. The yearbook is professionally oriented and handed out at Commencement each spring.

Senior Yearbook form for VA Concentrators graduating Winter 2023 (aka 2023.5). If you do not submit the form by the December 21 deadline, you will not be included in the yearbook.
Senior Yearbook form for VA Concentrators graduating Spring 2024. If you do not submit the form by the May 12 deadline, you will not be included in the yearbook.