BAI grant programs support public presentation, artists-in-residence, and research and development projects in the arts

Providence, RI…The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) announced today that grants totaling $81,400 were awarded to 19 faculty, postdoctoral fellows and professional staff at Brown University in support of artistic production, presentation and research.

Each semester of the academic year, the BAI provides competitive funding to support projects that enrich the campus and regional community through arts-focused public presentation and artists-in-residence grants. This year, the BAI also launched a new funding program in research and development to assist art scholars and practitioners at the University in furthering their own work and professional development. Eligible applicants include Brown faculty (tenure, tenure-track, adjunct and lecturer), postdoctoral fellows, and professional staff who have responsibility for arts programming.

The Spring 2017 grant recipients are:

Public Presentation Grants

Eric Nathan, Assistant Professor of Music, for performances of student compositions by contemporary music ensemble Yarn/Wire

Susan Smulyan, Professor of American Studies and Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, for Running in Stillness, a dance theater suite revealing the effects of mass incarceration on women and families

Wang Lu, Assistant Professor of Music, for a new interdisciplinary performance of music and poetry addressing the plight of migrant workers

Sarah Wilbur, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, for a symposium entitled The Activist Body

Lawton Wehle Fitt Artists-in-Residence Grants

Shura Barshnikov, Adjunct Faculty in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, for a dance workshop and performance in contact improvisation by Set Go Ensemble

Joan Copjec and Lynne Joyrich, Professors of Modern Culture and Media, for a residency and workshops by author and literary critic Samuel Delaney

Sarah dAngelo, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, for a week-long residency by Cherokee theater artist, writer and community activist DeLanna Studi

Julie Strandberg, Senior Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, for a month-long residency by choreographer Rachel Erdos

Esther Whitfield, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, for a week-long residency by conceptual documentary artist Debi Cornwall

Patricia Ybarra, Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance, for a month-long residency by puppeteer Dan Hurlin

Research and Development Grants

Karen Allen Baxter, Managing Director of Rites + Reason Theatre, for the development of Ashes, a new play about domestic violence

Theresa Ganz, Assistant Professor of Visual Art, for the development of digitally collaged images for a new site specific installation

Eric Nathan, Assistant Professor of Music, for a workshop and recording of Some Favored Nook, a new chamber opera/oratorio

Ed Osborn, Associate Professor of Visual Art, for further development of Virescent, a new video and sound project

Ian Alden Russell, Curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery, for the development of a new book on curatorial practice

Mark Steinbach, University Organist and Lecturer in Music, for research on the historic organs of Saxony and Brandenberg

Wang Lu, Assistant Professor of Music, for the recording, editing and release of Works for Ensemble and Orchestra: First Portrait Album, seven compositions written from 2008 to 2016

Todd Winkler, Professor of Music, for underwater filming and aerial videography of Soaring and Gliding, an immersive video installation

About Brown Arts Initiative
The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) seeks to cultivate creative expression and foster an interdisciplinary environment where faculty and students learn from each another, and from artists and scholars in a wide range of fields from across the campus and around the world. Taking full advantage of the University’s open curriculum, the BAI builds on Brown’s reputation as a destination for arts exploration, contributing to cultural enterprise through the integration of theory and practice, with an emphasis on innovation and discovery that results from rigorous artmaking and experimentation.

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