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Laura Collela | FAV | 2/12/13
On January 12 the FAV critic and filmmaker accepted a $50,000 Spirit Award from Film Independent in Los Angeles to help with distribution of Breakfast with Curtis, her latest feature film.

Rick Benjamin | Literary Arts + Studies | 2/12/13
Governor Lincoln Chafee has appointed the gifted poet and adjunct faculty member the official poet laureate of Rhode Island

Shawn Greenlee | Foundation Studies | 2/12/13
The assistant professor recently performed a televised concert in Korea in conjunction with Gayageum Ensemble AURA. 

Mikolaj Szoska | Architecture | 2/12/13
Now that he has won a competitive residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, the adjunct faculty member will explore technologies of display via a new project with the captivating title All We Ever Wanted Was Everything: Staging of an Exhibition.

Liz Collins | Textiles | 11/14/12
Phase 10 of Knitting Nation, an interactive project by Associate Professor Liz Collins will be staged at Moma Studios in New York City. For five hours, knitters will create narrow cords in a spectrum of colors that feed directly into machines.

Henry Horenstein | Photography | 11/13/12
Professor Henry Horenstein and Senior Critic Ernesto Aparicio lectured at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design on their collaborative effort in reissuing Horenstein's recent book Honky Tonk.

Marcin Gizycki | HVAC | 11/10/12
Kinefaktura, a film by Senior Lecturer Marcin Gizycki, will be screened at upcoming international film festivals in Slovenia and Malaysia.

Andrew Raftery | Printmaking | 10/26/12
Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center is hosting Professor Andrew Raftery's Open House, an exhibition featuring a series of copper plate engravings that runs through December 9.

Daniel Cavicchi | HPSS | 10/26/12
Associate Professor Dan Cavicchi recently won two notable awards for his book Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum. The Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) both took notice of his work.

Jerry Mischak | Painting | 10/26/12
Following the Leak, an exhibition by Senior Critic Jerry Mischak, will be on view at Cornell University's Milstein Gallery from November 5–December 1.

Peter Yeadon | Interior Architecture | 10/23/12
 The Institute of Medicine presented groundbreaking research from an arsenic biosensor study conducted by Associate Professor Peter Yeadon.

Winnie Lambrecht | HVAC | 10/17/12
  Senior Lecturer Winnie Lambrecht's film The Cuetos: Four Generations of Mexican Puppeteers was screened at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on October 12. The film was co-directed by FAV Professor Peter O'Neill.

Cynthia Rubin | Foundation Studies | 10/15/12
  Images enhanced by Critic Cynthia Rubin are published to the homepage of the National Science Foundation, exhibiting the first observations of predator avoidance behavior by photoplankton. The discovery was first published by scientific journal PLOS ONE in September.

 Hansy Better Barraza | Architecture | 10/15/12
  Periscope Publishing released Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange, a collection of essays edited by Associate Professor Hansy Better Barraza. In connection to the launch, an exhibition will be on view at BEB Gallery from November 3–16.

 Debra Balken | Graduate Studies | 10/12/12
 Lecturer Debra Balken lectured on Harold Rosenberg's essay The American Action Painters at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the School of Visual Arts.

 Pradeep Sharma | Architecture + Design | 07/26/12
Pradeep Sharma has joined RISD as dean of Architecture + Design. Sharma most recently served as the head of Britain’s Bath School of Art and Design.

Shawn Greenlee | Foundation Studies | 07/26/12
“Iapetus Trace,” a sound work by Assistant Professor Shawn Greenlee, was part of the group exhibition Deep Space, on view at the Francois Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles this summer.

Graham Day Guerra | Foundation Studies | 07/26/12
Pairidaeza, a solo exhibition by Critic Graham Day Guerra, showed this summer at Eden Rock Gallery in St. Barths. The name of the show was taken from the Old Persian word for “walled garden,” and the images in the show were drawn from vintage postcards of the island. 

Lucky Leone | Sculpture | 07/03/12
Critic Lucky Leone is performing in Copenhagen on July 12 as part of SMC 2012, the ninth Sound and Music Computing Conference.  

Henry Horenstein | Photography | 07/03/12
Professor Henry Horenstein is exhibiting images from his book Honky Tonk at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, through September 30. Work from Show, Horenstein’s book on modern burlesque, is on view through September 4 at the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia.

Laura Briggs | Architecture | 07/03/12
Critic Laura Briggs was chosen for a summer fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, to work on Solar River, an installation of concentrating mirrors on a nearby lake.

Damian White | HPSS + Anne West | Graduate Studies | 06/12/12
Associate Professor Damian White and Senior Lecturer Anne West each earned RISD’s top academic honor: the 2012 John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented at Commencement on June 2.

Lisa Young | Photography | 06/12/12/
New work by Critic Lisa Young was on view June 8–21 in re/spond/re/peat at Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn. Curated by alumna Audra Wolowiec MFA 07 SC, the show also featured work by Mimi Cabell MFA 11 PH and Sophie Barbasch MFA 13 PH.

Yuriko Saito | HPSS | 05/30/12
Professor Yuriko Saito and Ossi Naukkarinen (Aalto University, Helsinki) edited 14 essays on the the subject of artification for a special volume of the peer-reviewed online journal Contemporary Aesthetics. The essays provide analyses of the increasingly common practice of applying art and artistic practice to fields such as business, education, and science. The publication of the collection is part of a three-year project funded by the Finnish government.

 Mary Bergstein | HAVC | 05/30/12
“The Fat Stonecarver,” an essay by Professor Mary Bergstein, appears in Orsanmichele and the History and Preservation of the Civic Monument (2012), published by the National Gallery of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

Eduardo Benamor Duarte | Interior Architecture | 05/22/12
As part of WantedDesign 2012, Assistant Professor Eduardo Benamor Duarte collaborated with Kelli Adams MFA 09 CR on the installation Fijiji Blocks, on view at the Terminal Building in New York for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The first series of blocks was manufactured by Adams, with the generous support of RISD’s Ceramics Department.

Marina Adams | Painting | 05/22/12
Critic Marina Adams is exhibiting in Zurich with Howard Hodgkin and Suzanne McClelland May 10 through June 30 at the Galerie Andres Thalmann, in the show Color Walks Away.

Peter Yeadon | Interior Architecture | 05/22/12
Associate Professor Peter Yeadon has been awarded funding from the New York State Council on the Arts for his work on architectural-facade systems that respond to environmental conditions. The Storefront for Art and Architecture, which supported his proposal, will share the funding.

Duane Slick | Painting | 05/15/12
Work by Professor Duane Slick is featured in We Are Here!: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, on view in New York June 2 through September 23 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center. Slick will participate in a panel discussion at the museum with other Eiteljorg fellows on May 31.

Daniel Cavicchi | HPSS | 05/15/12
On May 4, Associate Professor Daniel Cavicchi spoke at the 2012 Steinbeck Festival, held this year in conjunction with the Woody Guthrie Centennial. In addition to speaking about the history of music and politics, Cavicchi participated in a panel discussion with Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, and Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum.

Laura Colella | FAV | 05/08/12
Senior Critic Laura Colella’s latest feature film, Breakfast with Curtis, will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, held June 14 to 24.

Mikyoung Kim | Landscape Architecture | 05/08/12
Professor Mikyoung Kim was recently awarded the Anaheim Regional Transportation Project, an arts commission at the San Diego Airport, and an entry-plaza project for Zoo Miami.

Chris Taylor | Glass | 05/08/12
A work by Senior Critic Chris Taylor MFA 02 GL was recently acquired by the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The piece, Untitled, had been on view in the museum’s biennial exhibition.

Steven Subotnick | FAV | 05/01/12
Critic Steve Subotnick’s animated film Two recently earned the Grand Prix award at the Holland Animation Film Festival held in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Jan Baker | Graphic Design | 05/01/12
Bookmark, an exhibition curated by Professor Jan Baker, presents highlights from the phenomenal artists’ books made in her RISD book arts classes over the past 30 years. The show continues through July at the Fleet Library at RISD.

Daniel Cavicchi | HPSS + Dale Broholm | Furniture Design | 05/01/12
Associate Professor Dan Cavicchi and Senior Critic Dale Broholm led a panel on the Witness Tress project at the 2012 joint meeting of the National Council on Public History and the Organization of American Historians. A related exhibition is on view through July 8 at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.

 Amy Leidtke | Industrial Design Critic | 04/20/12
Working with the arts-in-education program SmART SchoolsAmy Leidtke will facilitate two mini-institutes for Rhode Island math and science teachers. The first, on nature-inspired design, will be held at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab on April 27, with a second, on making mathematical paper structures, taking place May 4 at Brown.

Paul Sproll | Teaching + Learning in Art + Design | 04/03/12
At the invitation of the Donnell Kay Foundation, Professor Paul Sproll delivered a talk about inquiry-based teaching to educators and administrators gathered at the Denver Botanical Gardens on March 6.

Ann Fessler | Photography | 04/03/12
The world premiere of Professor Ann Fessler’s film A Girl Like Her took place at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film is based on Fessler’s interviews with women who gave up children for adoption.

Jim Barnes | Architecture | 04/03/12
Professor Jim Barnes 69 BArch was named one of five exemplary mentors in the nation by ACE National. A student from the Rhode Island program will receive a $5000 college scholarship in Barnes’s name. 

Jim Cole | Furniture Design | 03/26/12
Senior Critic Jim Cole’s Duet for Dan has been permanently installed in the sculpture garden of the Brattleboro Museum + Art Center in Brattleboro, VT.

Clara Lieu | Foundation Studies | 03/26/12
Critic Clara Lieu 98 IL is exhibiting new work in Sinking, a show on view through April 4 at the Brown/RISD Hillel Gallery in Providence.

Lynnette Widder | Architecture | 03/26/12
Solar Roofpod, a solar-powered penthouse module designed with the aid of Associate Professor Lynnette Widder, is featured in the current issue of Interior Design.

Marcin Gizycki | History of Visual Art and Culture | 03/17/2012
Alfred Schreyer from Drohobycz,
directed and co-written by Senior Lecturer Marcin Gizycki, will be be shown at the Metcalf Auditorium on April 4 at 7pm. Tom Roberts (Senior Lecturer, HPSS) will introduce the film, which recounts Schreyer's life and mourns how Drohobycz was changed by German occupation and Communist rule. 

Ellen Driscoll | Sculpture | 03/16/2012
The St. Botolph Club Foundation has awarded Professor Ellen Driscoll a fellowship. The foundation recognizes artists working in or associated with New England.

Jean Blackburn 79 PT | Illustration and Leslie Hirst, Martie Holmer + Tom Mills | Foundation Studies | 03/06/2012
Four RISD professors are showing work in the group exhibition TIMESTAMP, on view through March 29 at the Chazan Gallery (Wheeler School) in Providence.

Fred Lynch | Illustration | 03/05/2012
Work by Senior Critic Fred Lynch 86 IL is featured in the newly released book The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World (Quarry Books, February 2012). The book presents his drawings of Viterbo, Italy—where he works and teaches for the month of July—along with on-site drawings and paintings by 99 other artists, designers, illustrators and architects that capture the flavor of 50 cities throughout the world.

Peter Yeadon | Interior Architecture | 03/04/2012
Associate Professor Peter Yeadon recently spoke at Ryerson University in Toronto about the Light Sanctuary project Decker Yeadon LLC has developed. The project proposes a massive solar energy sculpture for desert lands just outside Dubai and was recently featured in a talk on Art and Energy at TEDxPittsburgh.

Damian White | History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences | 02/29/2012
Associate Professor Damian White and Cameron Tonkinwise, associate dean of Sustainability at Parsons, have organized a mini conference called Design, Design Activism and the Democratic Production of Social Natures. It took place as part of the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting in New York City from February 24–28.

Nade Haley | Foundation Studies | 02/28/2012
Work by Professor Nade Haley is included in Winter Tempest, Selections from the Permanent Collection, which continues through March 25 at the Islip Art Museum in East Islip, NY.

Shawn Greenlee | Foundation Studies | 02/12/2012
Assistant Professor Shawn Greenlee showed his work and performed at Stony Brook University’s “Encountering Data” event on February 9 and 10. In conjunction with the event, his sonification piece Decoct was also on view at the SAC Gallery and earlier in the month he performed his latest work, Impellent, at Studio Soto in Boston.

Matthew Landrus | History of Art + Visual Culture | 02/02/2012
The February 1 issue of TIME magazine features an interview with Matthew Landrus, a lecturer in HAVC and a da Vinci expert who spoke about the recent discovery that the copy of Mona Lisa held at Madrid’s Prado Museum was likely painted by one of Leonardo’s students at the same time as the master was completing the original. On February 6 he also spoke about the same subject on NPR’s On Point.

John Dunnigan | Furniture Design | 02/01/2012
On January 22 Professor John Dunnigan MFA 80 ID reflected on the history of American furniture design as a panelist in a Sunday at the Met series at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. The program was presented as part of the Duncan Phyfe furniture exhibition on view at the Met through May 6.

Kyna Leski | Architecture | 01/23/2012
On January 20 Professor Kyna Leski, head of the Architecture department, delivered the keynote address to kick off the Laskey Sophomore Design Challenge at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. A principal of the award-winning firm 3SIXØ Architecture in Providence, she is also writing a book (and blog) on Navigating the Creative Process.

Thomas Mills | Foundation Studies | 01/05/2012
The Catacombs, solo show of paintings by Professor Thomas Lyon Mills, was on view from November 3–December 23, 2011 at Luise Ross Gallery in New York City. In the fall, Mills presented guest lectures at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, at SUNY/Purchase and at the Parsons School of Design in NYC.

Liz Collins | Textiles | 01/03/2012
In November 2011 Assistant Professor Liz Collins 91 TX/MFA 99presented new iterations of her performance piece Knitting Nation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She and her army of machine knitters performed Phase 8: Under Construction.

Hansy Better | Architecture | 01/02/2012
In 2011 the Governor’s Office of Massachusetts appointed Assistant Professor of Architecture Hansy Luz Better to serve on the Designer Selection Board Panel for the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management, the agency responsible for major public building construction and real estate services.

Norman Paris | Foundation Studies | 01/02/2012
Assistant Professor Norm Paris recently had a solo show in New York City titled The Wall Still Stands, which ran from September 16–October 23 at The Proposition Gallery on the Lower East Side.

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Foundation Studies students consider each other's work under the guidance of Professor Merlin Szasz.