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April 2016 | issue #127

Open to everything

Students showed exceptional work in progress at this month’s Graduate Open Studios at RISD, offering an intriguing preview of the directions they’ll take in the larger art world after graduation.

Trecartin + Fitch talk about process, improv and making weird worlds

Lizzie Fitch 04 SC and Ryan Trecartin 04 FAV made a rare visit to RISD this month to critique student work and talk about creating off-kilter spaces where things don’t add up any more than they do in “real” life.

Obama “brags on Brian”

Last month Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky 04 ID visited Cuba with President Barack Obama, who told Cubans that, like Brian, they too can bring good ideas to fruition through creative entrepreneurship.

see more stories including: Sad Asian Girls Club, activating clay in Kansas City, Chast-ized in NYCa radical view of Central Park, new film version of All We Hadspaced out, Not Your TokenMighty Oak grows in Brooklynmore random RISD, Kikuo’s cool cover, Professor Nade Haley passed away
see more alumni exhibitions around the world
Anne Sherwood Pundyk MFA 82 PT in Brooklyn
 
Karen Bell 83 PH | Hudson, NY
 
Sui Park MDes 13 | NYC
 
Lloyd Martin 80 PT | North Adams, MA
 
Kevin Hughes MFA 08 JM | Sweden
designer Ben Shaykin MFA 11 GD speaking about Bernie Sanders’ and other presidential campaign logos on RI Public Radio (3.31.16)
 
Things are heating up for alums set to showcase work at NYCxDesign, which begins on May 3 and runs through the 17th. And keeping with tradition, we’re offering an online Design Guide highlighting the RISD people showing at the ICFF, Surtex, WantedDesign, Site Unseen OFFSITE and more. If you’re one of them, please email alumni@risd.edu so that we can include your info.
 
If you’re either showing at various NYCxDesign venues or just in the city taking in all the great work, please be sure to join President Rosanne Somerson 76 ID and other alumni for an informal reception on Sunday, May 15 from 5:30–7:30 pm. Sign up and join the hundreds of grads expected to attend the event at WantedDesign Brooklyn in Industry City.

Sketchy operation

When Jules Sherman 94 ID draws in her sketchbook these days, she’s thinking less about her own process than how to improve processes and procedures in surgical settings.
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