Brown Arts

Public Art Tours

April 6-November 17, 2024
Appreciate Brown’s distinguished public art collection with a student-curated tour. 40-minute guided walking tours will explore 6 works of art. All tours are outdoors, rain or shine.

“ Brown has a magnificent public art collection with a range of work that spans classical sculpture to contemporary art. Activating this collection with student-curated tours promotes an understanding and appreciation of these rich cultural treasures. ”

Nicole Wholean Rgistrar and Curator of Campus Collections

About Public Art Tours

Public Art Tours on an image of the Brown Bear statue, Bruno

In spring 2024, the Brown Arts Institute to introduced a new initiative: free, student-led Public Art Tours. Open to everyone, the tours are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM, providing weekend enrichment through the exploration of Brown University's distinctive outdoor public art collection.

The Public Art Tours enable the University to share its significant cultural assets with the wider public and underscore the value of public art within the Brown community. With guidance from University Curator Nicole Wholean, 15 students, supported through Brown Arts Institute's ArtsCrew workforce development initiative, curated tours that feature a personal selection of 6 works from Brown's wide-ranging public art collection of over 30 pieces.

Participants can look forward to a student-led exploration that promises not just a tour, but an inclusive and enjoyable learning experience, unveiling the stories behind each artwork and the collection as a whole.

In the News

2024 Schedule

  • Frequency: Every Saturday and Sunday, from April 6 through November 17

  • Time: 1:00 PM

  • No advance registration required, just arrive at the location before 1:00 PM

  • There are no public art tours on April 20 and 21, May 25 and 26, August 30, and September 1

  • Questions:

Saturday Tours

Meet at the Eli Harvey sculpture, Bronze Bruno, on the College Green.

Photo of Brown Bear
Photo credit: Nick Dentamaro


Sunday Tours

Gather at Tom Friedman’s Circle Dance, on the Campus Walk.

Tom Friedman, Circle Dance
Photo credit: Nick Dentamaro