Show in Cohen Gallery


The Granoff Center provides opportunities for an array of curated exhibitions ranging from formal gallery shows to site specific work to new media installations. Art is on view throughout the building on a rotating schedule during the academic year and summer. The Cohen Gallery offers an airy, open space for juried exhibitions selected through an annual call for proposals. The Atrium Gallery provides a unique space for exhibitions by faculty, students, recent alumni, local artists and others. The building's copious corridors, living room spaces equipped with projectors, and project studios lend themselves to exhibiting coursework, experimental projects and multi-media installations.

Call for Proposals

At the beginning of each calendar year, the Brown Arts Initiative seeks proposals for exhibitions during the upcoming academic year for display in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Home to the BAI, the Granoff Center is a state-of-the-art, multimedia facility that supports collaboration and experimentation among the arts, sciences and humanities. The building houses two gallery spaces—the Cohen and Atrium Galleries—designed to present visual and multimedia art. In addition, the Granoff Center provides opportunities for the exhibition of experimental digital work in transitional spaces located on each floor of the five-story building.

The BAI invites curators, artists, faculty and college students to submit proposals for the exhibition of work in any media and/or combined media in the Granoff Center galleries and spaces. Proposals featuring traditional as well as new art forms are accepted, and experimental, interdisciplinary and emerging art forms are preferred. In addition, projects that address the theme of “Arts and the Environment” are encouraged.

Exhibitions range in duration from approximately three to six weeks. Successful applicants will receive a small honorarium, installation support, design and distribution of an exhibition poster and a public reception.

Please be advised that this open call is highly competitive and availability is limited.

The Call for Proposals for FY2019 has passed. Please visit this site in the fall for information on exhibition submissions for FY2020.

About the Exhibition Spaces

The Cohen Gallery is an 800 sf (20’ x 40’) formal space with 15’ 5” foot ceilings. A 40’ glass curtain wall provides variable natural light, which can be shaded or eliminated. One 20’ wall is on a roller and can be left open to the entrance of the building or closed. The glass wall and concrete floor create a reverberant space.

The Atrium Gallery is a public space at the plaza entrance of the building with unique architectural features, including a large window, central stairway, cafe tables/chairs and a ceiling-mounted projector. The space is highly visible and often used for receptions and events.

The transitional spaces include the Living Rooms, which are located off the Atrium stairwell. An integral component of the Granoff Center’s design, each Living Room is equipped with video and audio capability with two floor boxes for convenient connections to the AV system. They are comfortable, welcoming breakout spaces that draw students, faculty and staff from the arts and beyond and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Please note that Granoff Center is open to the public and has limited security, primarily in the evening.

Granoff Center

Brown University
154 Angell Street, Providence, RI

Mailing Address

Brown University
Campus Box 1987
Providence, RI, 02912