Art lovers inundating south Florida this weekend for Art Basel Miami Beach (and related hoopla) may get a peek at Coconut Club (20 x 24”), one of the latest oil-on-linen paintings from Andrew Stevovich 70 PT. His representative, Adelson Galleries Boston, is showing the painting through this weekend at the Spectrum Miami art fair.
Among the other fresh finds revealing Stevovich’s inimitable eye and blend of old and new are Cell Phones (2013, oil on linen, 15 x 15”)…
Interior at Night (2013, oil on linen, 52 x 50”)
On Saturday, November 23, Professor of Painting Dennis Congdon 75 PT (second from right) and Director of Global Partners & Programs Gwen Farrelly met in NYC with members of Raqs Media Collective from New Delhi, India.
Accomplished Pakistani artist Shahzia Sikander MFA 95 PT/PR (second from left), a member of RISD’s Kirloskar Advisory Group, joined them to discuss Raqs’ 2015 residency at RISD as part of the new Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting program.
Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh will spend two days at RISD this spring as the first Kirloskar Visiting Scholar and will return to teach a Painting seminar during the fall 2014 semester.
After the Advisory Group meeting in November, Congdon and Sikander enjoyed attending Raq’s performance at Performa 13, which confirmed why they’re excitedly looking forward to welcoming the Media Collective to RISD in 2015.
Board Chair Michael Spalter sent this message to the RISD community yesterday announcing the news about President Maeda.
To the esteemed members of the RISD community,
In my role as the Chairman of the Board, I want to share with you news about our President John Maeda. He has informed me that he will be leaving our cherished, 136-year-old institution at the end of the semester for an exciting opportunity in Silicon Valley where he will become a Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and also chair the eBay Design Advisory Board, beginning in January 2014.
I would like to congratulate President Maeda on his new appointments and wish him every success. I am delighted that he will continue to be an advocate for creativity and a leader at the intersection of design, technology and business.
President Maeda has been a visionary, passionate and tireless leader for RISD over the past six years and for that I extend a heartfelt thank you on behalf of our community. He has advanced not only our institution but also the role of art and design in the 21st century global economy. President Maeda leaves RISD stronger than ever before – a global community of more than 30,000 thinkers and makers who are changing the world through their vision, their work, and their creative passion.
Rhode Island School of Design’s Board of Trustees will take the appropriate next steps to ensure a smooth and orderly transition. The Board will work closely with our extraordinary, seasoned and talented leadership team – Provost Rosanne Somerson and Chief Operating Officer Jean Eddy. In its commitment to inclusivity, transparency, and open communication, the Board will keep the community apprised as we move ahead together.
Yours in art and design,
Six years after the campus community first met John Maeda via video, the president shared this new video today to announce that he’s moving on next month to assume a new position in Silicon Valley. Chairman of the Board Michael Spalter promises to “keep the community apprised [of next steps] as we move ahead together.”
When Marguerite Kahrl MFA 95 SC and her husband Christoph Zoels MID 93 moved into their home near Turin in northern Italy, the former residents greeted them with a corredo (traditional dowry chest) filled with antique, hand-woven textiles made from linen and locally grown hemp. The gift inspired Kahrl to create a series of fabulous 3D sculptural busts she calls her Noble Savages.
The potent, earthy sculptures are based on Los Caprichos, 18th-century etchings and aquaprints by Francesco Goya. “My decision to use hemp textiles for the sculptural portraits came from a desire to combine the warmth and intimacy of the fabrics with Goya’s monstrous and exaggeratedly self-important characters,” says the artist.
Kahrl’s ongoing series encompasses dozens of sculptures as well as drawings, bronzes and photographs. She’s currently wrapping up a Kickstarter campaign to fund a limited-edition catalogue to document the work. If you’re interested, act fast since tomorrow (Thursday, December 5) is the final day of the campaign!
Thanks in part to the efforts of Fulbright Student Program Advisor Dorothy Bocian, RISD has once again been named a top producer of Fulbright scholars among art and design schools. As reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education, RISD and MICA were the top two producers among Specialized Institutions for 2013–14.
“Of course, we’re very proud of these students,” says Bocian, “and also of the other 16 applicants who were not awarded grants. The application process itself is an amazing learning experience and one that frequently contributes to a solid career path.”
Four of this year’s RISD Fulbright scholars are currently working on projects in their host countries, with the fifth – video artist Rachelle Beaudoin MFA 07 DM, who won a Fulbright Core Scholar Grant – slated to begin her journey in early 2014.
Though RISD’s most recent Fulbright scholars focus on a range of disciplines – Joseph Vasquez MFA 13 PR on printmaking, Chris Wolston 09 GL on sculpture, Andrew Fladeboe 06 PH on photography and Jessica Paik 13 PT on painting and printmaking – they are all working as cultural ambassadors, helping to build mutual respect and understanding between the US and other countries around the world.
Professor of Architecture Gabriel Feld (second from left), Dean of Foundation Studies Joanne Stryker (far right) and Director of Global Partners & Programs Gwen Farrelly recently traveled to Istanbul to meet with potential partners and prospective students, along with a member of RISD’s Parents’ Council.
The trio from RISD also enjoyed an evening with a number of alumni when Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz BArch 89 hosted a festive event at Rampa, her contemporary gallery.
“We are incredibly grateful to all of our Turkey-based alumni and friends for guiding us through the incredible city of Istanbul and ensuring that we got a good taste of the city’s vibrant cultural life,” Farrelly says. “We also found it very rewarding to learn about the incredible things RISD alumni are doing all over the world.”
Interior Architecture Critic Pari Riahi, an architect based in Amherst, MA, recently took first prize in small lot | BIG IDEAS, a juried competition co-sponsored by the city of Northampton, MA. The goal of the competition was to enhance small, odd-shaped building lots in urban neighborhoods throughout the city. Riahi’s bright, efficient one-family Luminous House stood out among the 23 entries because it demonstrates the best use of the site for which it was designed.
In order to maximize the limited space, Riahi’s team (which included RISD undergrad So Eun Lee BArch 14) built up – using a beautiful contemporary staircase – and took advantage of the site’s northern views of nearby conservation land via a continuous series of clerestories that also flood the space with natural light. “We designed a linear staircase that acts as a spine for both floors and gives the long, narrow space direction,” says Riahi. “The judges appreciated how well it’s integrated into the life of the house.”
Gwen Farrelly, RISD’s director of Global Partners and Programs, and Vice Provost Carol Strohecker recently returned from a visit to the European Honors Program (EHP) in Rome, where they were warmly welcomed by EHP Director Ezio Genovesi and Chief Critic Mairéad Byrne.
“During our visit to the Palazetto Cenci, EHP students generously welcomed us to their reviews,” Farrelly says. “We were delighted to witness so much fresh work and new perspectives on Rome.”
They also enjoyed listening in on the discussions led by visiting critics, including the four artists in residence at MACRO museum Jacopo Miliano, Riccardo Beretta, Hilla Ben Ari and Sahej Rahal, as well as Dan Hurlin, the current fellow at the American Academy, and Rome-based artist Roberto Mannino 80 SC.
“Carol and I are delighted to report that RISD’s program in Rome – the oldest US art and design program in Italy – is home to a thriving community of artists, poets, writers, performers and critics this semester,” Farrelly concludes.