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RISD XYZmail | fungi, Framework, Wintersession + more

January 2015 | issue #112

Fighting filth with fungi

Socially engaged artist Jan Mun MFA 10 DM has won a Blade of Grass Fellowship to support her Greenpoint Bioremediation Project in Brooklyn. 

Brown’s still standing on Framework

After three weeks of competition, Jessica Brown MID 09 is still in the running on Framework, the latest snarky challenge show (on Spike TV) in which contestants design and build furniture based on set constraints.

World of opportunities during Wintersession 

Whether they’re drawing for 12 hours a day in the Waterman Building or exploring contemplative practice in rural Japan (above), students are taking full advantage of Wintersession to do a lot more than unplug.

see more stories including: Danny Glover visits RISD (catch the free livestream on January 28), Illustration TriennialFerguson: Pre, Present, Future, three alums make Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list
see more alumni exhibitions around the world
Karen Hackenberg 78 PT on Bainbridge Island, WA
Laura Owens 92 PT in NYC
Robert Cronin 59 PT in Hudson, NY
Ryan Wallace 99 IL in Culver City, CA
Stephen Petegorsky MFA 80 PH in Amherst, MA
Professor Dennis Congdon 75 PT in a wonderfully lyrical piece published this month on Painters on Painting
Our new series of 2015 seminars and webinars begins this month, so keep an eye out as the year unfolds. On January 26 Bill Foulkes will speak to alumni in Philadelphia about What Business Wants and Why Designers Have It. He’ll offer the same seminar in Chicago on February 2. Watch for more opportunities this spring.
On Tuesday, February 10, jewelry artist, teacher and entrepreneur Andrea Zatarain 96 JM will lead a high-energy webinar called Managing Custom Work: Make Your Clients Happy While Making a Profit. You’ll need to register in advance for the online session, which costs $12 for alumni and begins at 6:30 pm EST.

Lush landscapes

Landscape designer Tim Hallinan MLA 96 often sketches the urban environment, focusing on architectural structure in his single-color drawings. He brings a similar urge to organize to his more colorful sketchbook studies and the abstract paintings that follow.
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