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New Masters

New Masters

Capping two to three years of intensive research, experimentation, critical thinking and perfecting their craftsmanship in a particular field, more than 170 RISD master’s degree candidates are showcasing their work in the 2011 Graduate Thesis Exhibition. The show opens from 6–8 pm on Thursday, May 19 in a 28,000-square-foot gallery space in Hall C of the Convention Center in downtown Providence.

The expansive, custom-constructed galleries provide sufficient space to allow each student to showcase a culminating body of work – multiple pieces or large installations that represent their final thesis investigations. In most departments degree candidates are also required to submit written theses that support and articulate the research involved.

This year students in all 16 graduate majors are participating in theThesis Exhibition, meaning it will include work from Architecture, Ceramics, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design, and Textiles.

The show is open to the public daily from 12–5 pm, through June 4. In addition to theGraduate Thesis Exhibition, a selection of work by second-year graduate students will be on view for three days (June 3–5) atSol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery at 169 Weybosset Street. An online gallery of the work in the thesis show also opens windows into the thought process behind each student’s creation.

Glassblowing Meets Reality TV

Alumni Katherine Gray MFA 91 GL and Alexander Rosenberg 06 GL are both central to the cast of the glassblowing competition show Blown Away on Netflix.

Library Inspires Site-Specific Textiles

Textiles students design custom jacquards for the RISD library’s collection of classic Knoll chairs.

Making Progress in Puerto Rico

Designer Karla López Rivera 04 FD returned to San Juan to launch Isleñas, a socially responsible footwear company.