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September 2015 | issue #120

New and notable at RISD

As fall semester kicks into gear, students are getting to know such new faculty members as Apparel Design Department Head Neil Gilks, along with assistant professors Gwen van den Eijnde (above) and Arthur Hash, among a handful of other inspiring newcomers.

National Science Foundation grants $1.2 million for textiles research 

As principal investigator on a new four-year research project, Associate Professor Brooks Hagan MFA 02 TX aims to revolutionize virtual prototyping in textile design.

Getting (re)oriented at RISD: collected stories on the start of school

Like most colleges, RISD welcomes a new group of students every September. This year 467 first-year, 58 transfer and 239 grad students have joined roughly 1,730 returning students, bringing a surge of new energy to campus.

see more stories including: design thinking in DCinspired by the Bard, PBS shares RISD STEAM, creative spirit, remembering Katrina, Afghan box cameras, sweet design, stuffed animal portraits, this week’s New Yorker cover
see more alumni exhibitions around the world
Bunny Harvey 67 PT / MFA 72 in Wellesley, MA
Mary Shaffer 65 IL in Washington, DC
Rebecca Clark MFA 88 PH in NY state
Heather Watkins MFA 00 GL in Portland
Dennis Congdon 75 PT in NYC
Yong Joo Kim 09 JM commenting in the latest issue of American Craft, which features her work on the cover
On Friday, October 9 at 2 pm RISD celebrates the official inauguration of Rosanne Somerson 76 ID as president. The festivities merge with this year’s RISD by Design weekend full of enticing gatherings. Lighning Bolt is just one of the great RISD bands that will keep spirits high at the outdoor afterparty. All in all, RbD 15 promises to be a rare and exceptional vintage.
RbD events continue on Saturday, October 10 with a full day highlighted by RISD Craft on Benefit Street and a 4–6 pm celebration of the newly renovated Illustration Studies Building. Visitors are invited to check out all five rehabbed floors – along with the department’s new Digital Computing Lab and Printmaking facility across the street.

New recognition for wonderful work

JooHee Yoon 11 IL brings the same appealing energy and flavor to her work whether it surfaces in her sketchbooks, in the New York Times editorial pages or in picture books. This fall the ADC took notice, naming her one of its Young Guns 13.
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