Recent Awards

The Brandeis Arts Council provides grants to support outstanding performances, exhibitions and programs in the School of Creative Arts.  Its mission is to enhance the quality and diversity of the arts at Brandeis through the combined annual contributions of its members. 

Council grants support exceptional creative needs and opportunities for artistic development that directly benefit students. The council is dedicated to fostering the excellence of each creative arts department, as well as a shared vision for the arts at Brandeis.

Report on Brandeis Arts Council Grants 2008-09

Faculty for Digital Photography Courses: $25,000 awarded

The Brandeis Arts Council funded the faculty appointment of Julia Hechtman, founder and co-director of the Proof Gallery in Boston, who taught Brandeis’s first photography course ever. Ms. Hechtman has been an Artist-in-Residence at Boston University, University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago, and worked internationally in Skagaströnd, Iceland, and Sydney, Australia.  Her Brandeis courses were enrolled to capacity and included: 

Introduction to Digital Photography, an introduction to the visual forms and concepts of the photographic image, covering a range of digital techniques along with aspects of the history of photography. Field trips and image presentations supplemented the studio aspect of the course.

Context Is Everything: Site-Sensitive Photography, an intermediate level studio course using various materials and methods of image making with a focus on the  context of environment, relationship with other images/objects, scale, and form.


New York Art Trip: $4,000 awarded

On March 21 and 22, 30 seniors in both studio and art history will travel to New York City to visit the epicenter of the art world.  

On Saturday, students visit galleries in Chelsea, including the Monya Rowe Gallery, where Brandeis alum Vera Illiatova talks with students about her current exhibit, "Closer Than They Appear." Carrie Scott, director of the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, addresses careers in the visual arts for both studio and art history students.

On Sunday morning, everyone heads to the studio of artist Tom Sachs for brunch while Brandeis faculty Peter Kalb leads a discussion of Sachs’s most recent work. Visits to the Martin Kippenberger exhibit at MoMA and the Pierre Bonnard exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art round out the weekend. 

Department of Theater Arts Guest Artist Residencies: $25,000 awarded

The Brandeis Theater Company used their Arts Council funding in a wide range of programs this season,  hiring AEA guest artists Nigel Gore (Shakespeare and Co.) and renowned clown and movement teacher Merry Conway for the BTC’s original adaptation of Edith Wharton's House of Mirth. Ms. Conway also taught four master classes during her visit.

Council funds supported other master classes and workshops for students, including a makeup and wig workshop at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House with head of wigs Tom Watson; an audition workshop with casting director Sarah Schatz; a symposium for directors and playwrights examining the role of the theater critic with the Boston Globe's Terry Byrne.  In each of these instances, the guest artists and professionals helped students build on classroom work to deepen their talents and values as emerging theater artists.

Marquee Concerts: $5,000 awarded


Council funding sponsored a popular concert and two-day residency with Roy Wooten, better known as Futureman. One hundred and eighty people attended his February 7 concert, primarily Brandeis students; 50 of them were students in the School of Creative Arts who attended for free. The residency included a master class on the music of Joseph Boulogne, known as the Black Mozart, and an opportunity for students to perform onstage with Mr. Wooten. Directly after the concert, Futureman flew to Los Angeles, where he was presented with a Grammy Award for his work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

On March 6, Christine Lavin charmed a full house. Ms. Lavin’s comic political folk songs were a welcome antidote to winter blues, and the performance introduced many new concertgoers to Brandeis and to Slosberg Music Center. The two Marquee concerts energized and dramatically diversified the Department of Music programming for the season.

New Music Composer Residency: $6,000 awarded


NotaRiotous, a professional chamber ensemble devoted exclusively to microtonal music of the 20th and 21st centuries, gave a two-day residency, which concluded with a concert of performances of works written by more than a dozen Brandeis graduate and undergraduate composers.

Brandeis University Chorus Concert Tour: $10,000 awarded

Thanks to the Arts Council, 30 students from the Brandeis University Chorus traveled to Germany and performed a memorial service at the Dachau concentration camp. The Dachau visit was just one stop during a weeklong international tour of Munich and Salzburg, Austria. The trip is believed to be the first international tour of any student music ensemble at the University.

For more information, contact Amy Silberstein in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.