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December 2014 | issue #111

Reflections on an eventful year

Earlier this month artist Shahzia Sikander MFA 95 PT/PR joined other high-profile commentators such as Julian Assange, Margaret Atwood, Tony Blair and Pharrell Williams, among others, in contributing to an especially pithy special edition of The New York Times’ Turning Points.

Chast’s latest named a top 10 book of the year

In a year of great news for cartoonist Roz Chast 77 PT, her book Can’t We Talk About Something More PLEASANT? made it to the New York Times’ coveted list of The 10 Best Books of 2014.

Crits spur valuable discussion 

Now that crits have wrapped up, students are breathing a collective sigh of relief as they scatter to various parts of the world during holiday break. Check out some of the projects presented and feedback received.

see more stories including: Strandbeest creator visits RISD, Holzer calls for powerful words, major grant for ongoing work in Mali, developing the Archibot, redesigning neonatal healthcare, new Artboards RI project, Art Basel/Miami Beach
see more alumni exhibitions around the world
Liz Collins 91 TX/MFA 99 in NYC
Kelly Berg 08 IL in Lancaster, CA
Hillel O’Leary 11 IL in Boston
Courtney M. Leonard MFA 08 CR in Santa Fe
David Akiba MFA 73 PH in Boston
Textiles Department Head Brooks Hagan MFA 02 TX commenting on work by a junior at a crit last week
We’ve got a great series of seminars lined up for the new year, so be prepared to get inspired. 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. That month we’re also launching a new webinar series with one on how to price your custom work. Stay tuned for more.
Even if you’re a maker at heart, you may not have the wherewithal to create one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. So if you missed our big alumni holiday sales in San Francisco and Providence, remember that you can still find great gifts through our RISD Etsy vendors. And check out a few other favorite finds among the mind-boggling variety of alumni-made items out there.

Surreptitious sketches on the A train

NYC-based painter Dale Emmart MFA 83 PT likes to sketch the diverse faces she finds while commuting by subway. But she prefers to go unnoticed – to avoid detection “by the muse” in question when capturing the moment in her sketchbook.
Be sure to share what you’re doing by emailing with news of projects, exhibitions and other items of interest to the alumni community.

And we wish each of you a joyous holiday season with the people you love!