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February 2015 | issue #113

Rosanne Somerson named RISD’s 17th president

The accomplished furniture designer, longtime faculty member and former provost is also the first alumna to lead RISD. 

Highsmith to collect leading international design prize in the Netherlands

In March designer Cyrus Highsmith 97 GD will accept the Gerrit Noordzij Prize from the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, becoming the second American (and second alum) ever to win the honor.

SPOT-on picture play

With SPOT, his first iPad app, multiple Caldecott Medal-winner David Wiesner 78 IL invites kids to forge their own paths through a rewarding visual narrative.

see more stories including: celebrating Somerson, living design at the Cooper Hewitt, alums on Ellen’s Design Challenge, glass artist Therman Statom 74 SC in American Craftprogramming sound, reimagining the future of print, help celebrate Liberal Arts’ 75th birthday, go eat worms 
see more alumni exhibitions around the world
Jill Greenberg 89 PH in New York City
 
Nancy Taplin 64 PT in Burlington, VT
 
Andrew Stevovich 70 PT in Boston
 
Austin Ballard MFA 12 SC in London
 
David Hodge 81 ID in Stockholm
Jodi Levine 92 PT speaking about the sweet stuff in her new DIY book Candy Aisle Crafts
 
Each year the RISD Alumni Association presents one or more awards to outstanding members of the RISD community. Please think about alumni (or other members of the RISD community) who really stand out for their work in the following arenas: Artistic Achievement, Business of Design, Service + Leadership and/or Art + Education. 
 
On Tuesday, March 10, digital imaging specialist Martha DiMeo will demystify the process of color management so that reproductions of your work look the way you want them to – predictably and consistently. You need to register in advance for the online session, which costs $12 for alumni and begins at 6:30 pm EST.

Graphic slices of life

Boston-based artist John Ruggieri 88 PT* works in multiple media – including when he’s drawing and painting figurative studies. “I see the world as a myriad of graphic slices,” he says of his frequently color-drenched work.
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