Columbia University School of the Arts
2016–17

Director of Public Programs and Engagement 

In 2016–17, Gavin Browning organized workshops and events with Rebecca Solnit as part of the Mellon Visiting Artists and Thinkers Program, as well as conversations between Carol Becker and Phillip Lopate; Lynn Nottage and David Henry Hwang; Margo Jefferson and Trey Ellis; Miya Masaoka and Tom Kalin; and Moara Demos and Laura Ricciardi about Making a Murderer; and a performative lecture by William Kentridge. Alongside, he organized The Big Draw — a daylong participatory drawing event on Columbia University’s Low Plaza — with Stephen Jackson, Nicola López, Leeza Meksin, Edward Minoff, and Aliza Nisenbaum, as well as a related exhibition of drawings in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery.

He was part of team that opened the Lenfest Center for the Arts on Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus in April 2017. Featuring four flexible venues and a public plaza, this state-of-the-art facility designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop is a hub for cultural and civic exchange in Upper Manhattan.

Watch a video about The Big Draw

Download the Fall 2016 events poster

Fall 2016 Public Programs and Engagement in Art & Education

Rebecca Solnit in Art & Education