Mike Fink

Mike Fink came to RISD in 1957 out of Yale with an AMT from Harvard as a Brown graduate student. The English department had an established curriculum of freshman and sophomore requirements in American Literature, World Literature and Freshman Composition. As electives replaced those courses general to all area faculty, he taught a course on the new diverse voices of minorities. That option grew into his Jewish Narrative class. The RISD Film Society turned into his Hollywood History class, and eventually his freshman sections metamorphosed into his Journalism workshop. His art form seems to be the newspaper column as a genre of classical essay and memoir mixed with reviews and interviews, and he publishes a wide range of such pieces in local, national and international magazines. In cooperation with the FAV department and in particular in partnership with Professor Peter O'Neill, he has produced and directed, or participated in, several documentary films, most notably Here We Live Again, a study of Holocaust survivors who came to work and build families in Rhode Island. That project was funded by RICH and the Rhode Island Foundation. He also collaborated with Professor Merlin Szasz on a video portrait of his uncle/cousin Herbert L. Fink, who first brought Fink to RISD.

Spring 2019 Courses

  • LAS-E326-01 Birds In Books
  • LAS-E255-01 The Jewish Narrative
  • LAEL-1047-01 With A Pen Of Light

On sabbatical fall 18 / Wintersession 19

  • Mike Fink’s CV
  • BA, Yale University
  • MA, Brown University
  • MAT, Harvard University


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design