Center For
Creativity, Design and the arts
Visual Arts Studio
a deep foundation in the literary, visual and performing arts is a cornerstone of a rich and meaningful life.
Artistic expression is at the heart of human experience, and its voice is vital in every sector of society from medicine and science to government and commerce. Originality, invention, innovation and creative engagement is how human civilization corrects, advances and flourishes.
areas of focus

The Center for Creativity, Design and the Arts serves as the fulcrum for public discourse about art and creativity through forums, lectures, exhibitions, artists’ studio tours and colloquia open to the public. The Center leads curriculum innovation in the arts and creativity across the disciplines and supports the work of artists through fellowships and connections with students.

meet the director

Carrie Brown

Professor of English and Creative Writing
Director of the Center for Creativity, Design and the Arts
E |    O | Fletcher Hall, Second Floor, 203

center for creativity news

Sweet Briar College dedicates the Kelley and C. T. Fitzpatrick Center for Creativity, Design and the Arts

On Friday, May 6, Sweet Briar College dedicated the Kelley and C. T. Fitzpatrick Center for Creativity, Design and the Arts. When President Meredith Woo joined the Sweet Briar community in 2017, one of the first things she did was charge the faculty to create innovative programming around the College’s strengths. The faculty responded by […]

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“My Monticello” announced as Sweet Briar’s 2022-23 Common Read

The day before October 5, 2021, the official publication date of her debut story collection, “My Monticello,” fifty-year-old Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, a public-school art teacher from Charlottesville, Va., was a virtual guest on Good Morning America. Host Robin Roberts beamed at Johnson through the screen. How did it feel, she wanted to know, for Johnson […]

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Phi Beta Kappa scholar Adriana Zavala presentation on Frida Kahlo

On Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m., Adriana Zavala, a visiting Phi Beta Kappa scholar, will present the virtual lecture, Frida Kahlo’s Creativity: Staging Art, Staging Life, in which she will explore the Mexican artist’s creativity in the context of the cultural revolution that followed the Mexican Revolution.  In 2015, Dr. Zavala curated the exhibition […]

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Robin Wall Kimmerer on “Braiding Sweetgrass” and special events series

Sweet Briar College is thrilled to welcome Robin Wall Kimmerer on March 23, 2022, for a special in-person (and livestream) presentation on her book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.” In addition to this feature event, Sweet Briar is hosting a series of events that complement the themes of the […]

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