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May 2016 | issue #128

Cooper Hewitt to present Tellart with a National Design Award

The studio Matt Cottam BID 00 and Nick Scappaticci 00 ID founded 16 years ago has earned the 2016 National Design Award in Interaction Design. The Tellart team of a dozen alumni creates interactive products, installations and exhibitions for clients worldwide.

NYCxDesign = exhilarating + exhausting

RISD alums (+ a few students) seemed to be everywhere at the wealth of shows that brought art and design lovers together with makers in NYC this month.

Students work with Cessna to improve air travel

Artists and designers do spend a lot of time on the floor. But for students in this spring’s Cessna-sponsored studio, being grounded was a matter of “immersive” research.

see more stories including: random RISD, Musson on making art personal, questioning the cost of clothing, great new batch of student films, See America, Somerson on boredom, LA show on police brutalityyoga + creativity
see more alumni exhibitions around the world
Alex Dodge 91 PT | Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery in NYC
Adam Silverman BArch 88 | NYC
Steven Kenny 84 IL | Charleston, SC
Arthur Huang MFA 01 PR/PR | Tokyo
Todd McKie 66 PT | Boston
New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl reviewing the Nicole Eisenman 89 PT survey at the New Museum (5.16.16)
At RISD’s June 4 Commencement ceremony, the Alumni Association will present its highest honor, the Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, to artist and educator Bunny Harvey 67 PT / MAT 71 / MFA 72 PT.
On Sunday, May 15, alumni involved in everything going on in Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of NYCxDesign paused to meet up with RISD friends at WantedDesign Brooklyn’s great space in Industry City.

Miraculous recovery for a big little obsession

When Guy-Jeff Nelson 91 GD rediscovered the mini sketchbook he made at RISD, it brought tears to his eyes – and prompted him to share a selection of photos of his microsketches of College Hill.
Watch for the Spring/Summer issue of RISD XYZ (the magazine) in the beginning of June. And please write to us at to comment and share news about projects, exhibitions, collaborations and other items of interest to the alumni community.