Topic: RISD

Rosanne Somerson P’11 has served as RISD’s interim president since John Maeda’s 2013 departure. Somerson took office permanently Wednesday.


RISD selects Somerson as president

February 20, 2015 0 comments

Rosanne Somerson P’11, a renowned studio furniture designer, became the 17th president of the Rhode Island School of Design Wednesday.

Rosanne Somerson, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976, has acted as interim president of RISD since December 2013. She founded the school’s  furniture design department in 1985.


RISD presidential search draws from international applicant pool

February 13, 2015 1 comment

The international search for the Rhode Island School of Design’s 17th president has reached the preliminary interview process.

The seventh annual A Better World by Design conference proposed technology- and design-related solutions to real-world problems, such as revitalizing public spaces and the significance of American-made products.

University News

ABWxD inspires change by innovation

September 22, 2014 0 comments

Colorful balloons dotted campus this weekend, guiding participants in the seventh annual A Better World by Design.

The Radeke Restoration Project, which renovated three floors of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, cost $8.4 million in total.

Arts & Culture

RISD galleries undergo renovations

September 9, 2014 0 comments

Restoration of the Dainichi Nyorai Buddha and the newly displayed Egyptian priest Nesmin’s coffin are two changes in the renovated the RISD Museum.

During SouthLight, a two-day public art installation last month, Grace Church Cemetery was aglow with lighting and videos commemorating the lives of deceased Providence residents.

Arts & Culture

Public art project illuminates cemetery

February 11, 2014 0 comments

The work was developed under the guidance of Elettra Bordonaro and her students in a course offered during RISD’s Wintersession.

University News

RISD president’s departure elicits mixed response

December 6, 2013 0 comments

Over the past six years, John Maeda became known for melding technology and design.

University News

RISD president resigns

December 5, 2013 1 comment

Though his contract lasts to 2015, John Maeda will leave in January to work at a venture capital firm.

Arts & Culture

RISD Museum exhibit shines light on the cinematic side of Warhol

November 17, 2013 0 comments

Andy Warhol’s silent film portraits of stars of the 1960s is on display now at the RISD Museum.

The exhibit, titled, “Making It in America,” includes paintings, furniture and metalwork culled from RISD’s Pendleton House.

Arts & Culture, Photo Gallery

RISD exhibit showcases American history through art

October 25, 2013 0 comments

‘Making It In America’ features 18th- and 19th-century pieces in a contemporary setting.

Jonathan Saiz, a contemporary artist based in Denver, was one of he lecturers at the first installment of the Creative Mind Lecture Series.  Pictured here: “BOYS,” a 2010 studio installation by Saiz.

Arts & Culture

Lecturers dig into creative process across disciplines

March 22, 2013 0 comments

The Creative Mind Lecture Series will plot new directions for art and design.