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March 2015 | issue #114

Groovy guests ready to toast the Class of 2015

On May 30 musicians Chris Frantz 74 PT and Tina Weymouth 74 PT (above) will join Talking Heads bandmate Jerry Harrison, writer Adam Gopnik and filmmaker John Waters – this year’s Commencement speaker – in accepting honorary degrees from RISD. 

Honoring a lifetime of artistic achievement

Painter Miriam Beerman 45 PT will accept RISD’s 2015 Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement In recognition of an impressive body of work created over a span of 65 years. 

Uncreative practices and other theories of relativity

Visiting RISD last week, poet Kenneth Goldsmith 84 SC led a provocative discussion about originality, appropriation and the proliferation of mash-ups.

see more stories including: Bhabha + Walker selected for Venice, Acciavatti’s Ganges Water Machine, Meow Wolf spices up Santa Fe, Trecartin co-curates New Museum triennial, Shine-ing up Fresh Off the Boat, RISD Museum hosts Faculty Biennial, alumni return for annual Design Portfolio Review
see more alumni exhibitions around the world
Janine Antoni MFA 89 SC in San Francisco
Paula Martiesian 76 PT in Providence
Eva Kwong 75 CR in Providence
Anthony Giannini MFA 12 PT in Los Angeles
Charlotte Potter MFA 10 GL in NYC
Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo, referring to Kenya-based filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii 06 FAV
Plenty of RISD alumni and faculty members will be at next week’s National Art Education Association conference in New Orleans, where President Rosanne Somerson 76 ID will speak about Making the Future. Please join us for a RISD reception on Friday, March 27 at International House New Orleans – whether you live in NOLA or are just visiting.
Dean of Foundation Studies Joanne Stryker is traveling to the west coast later this month to meet with alumni and talk about life at RISD – both now and then. Sign up for the RISD/Seattle gathering at a local micro-distillery on March 30, the RISD/LA event at Haas Brothers on March 31 or the RISD/NorCal event at DesignMap in San Francisco on April 2.

Springing ahead with a sketch a day

Jennifer Orkin-Lewis 81 TX gives herself a half hour a day to loosen up and stretch through her sketchbook – a satisfying habit that also helps keep the work she does on commission fresh.
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