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  • Mastering Materials

    03/25/2014
    Members of the RISD community welcomed a range of practitioners to campus last week for Material Lessons, a two-day symposium sponsored by Furniture Design.

  • Freedom to Focus

    03/10/2014
    A MacColl Johnson Fellowship is giving Associate Professor of Foundation Studies Leslie Hirst the freedom to pursue exciting new studio work while on sabbatical.

  • Eco-friendly Construction in Costa Rica

    03/03/2014
    RISD students recently traveled to Earth University, a Costa Rican research institute focused on sustainable agriculture, to build a functional and energy efficient prototype of a one-room schoolhouse.

  • Exploring the Thisness of a That

    02/11/2014
    Show Tell/Tell Show, a half-day event co-sponsored by RISD’s Academic Commons Program and the Writing Center, expands upon the notion of ekphrasis.

  • Sharing South African Legacies

    02/06/2014
    Students who explored the global slave trade and traveled to South Africa last fall are now sharing their insights in Unearthing Legacy, a powerful exhibition on view through February 27 at RISD’s Red Eye Gallery.

  • Understanding the True Impact of War

    01/13/2014
    Students in Tom Roberts’ Combat and Culture liberal arts class develop a deep understanding of war and a new relationship with the world beyond their studios.

  • Somerson Named Interim President

    12/09/2013
    Provost and alumna Rosanne Somerson 76 ID continues her 35-plus-year commitment to RISD as its interim president, effective January 1, 2014.

  • Riley Really Shines

    12/04/2013
    As the founder and creative director of a motion graphics studio in Hollywood, Michael Riley 91 GD brings his versatile talents to the entertainment industry.

  • Making Speedbumps 4 Eels

    11/12/2013
    Students cast glass devices that will be used in a series of socially-charged experiments led by Natalie Jeremijenko, a NYU professor who facilitates whimsical interactions between humans and “non-humans.”

  • Aiming Big

    11/05/2013
    Accomplished designer Antonio Ciutto, a new associate professor in Apparel Design, is helping RISD students to see design as part of a larger, holistic system.

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In the Painting studios students and faculty pause to consider works in progress.