Wonder of Glass Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass, a truly wonderful new book that recognizes the significance of RISD’s program and artists in shaping the world of contemporary glass, made its official debut in the fall, with a launch party at the Cooper Hewitt in NYC. Proceeds from sales of the book, which was edited by Professor and Department Head Rachel Berwick 84 GL , Associate Professor Jocelyne Prince MFA 94 GL and Denise Markonish (a curator at MASS MoCA), support scholarship and research funds for the Glass department. Order it and learn more at glass.risd.edu/book .
Precision Conversation, a solo show of work by Noam Elyashiv MFA 94 JM , is on view through January 10 at Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. A senior critic in Jewelry + Metalsmithing, she’s known for translating the precision and linear quality of her drawings into finely crafted metalwork, as in Grid Ring (2017, silver, 25 x 25 x 16 mm) and Which Way? (2017, brooch, recycled silver, brass, 94 x 50 x 6 mm).
RESHUFFLE OF ACADEMIC ROLES Four longtime RISD educators have been promoted to new leadership positions. Former Dean of Liberal Arts Dan Cavicchi, who began teaching at RISD in 1996, is now associate provost of Research | Global | Practice, a newly created position in which he oversees the divisions and departments of Continuing Education, Executive Education, RISD Global, Partnered Projects and RISD Careers, working collaboratively with existing staff to develop interdepartmental synergies and strategic, cross-disciplinary plans. Appointed as Cavicchi’s replacement, Professor Damian White is now dean of Liberal Arts. A sociolo48
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gist and political theorist, he served as head of the History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences department from 2012–16 and helped launch a new interdisciplinary concentration in Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies in 2012. Associate Professor Jennifer PrewittFreilino took over as HPSS department head in 2016. Professor of Landscape Architecture Scheri Fultineer, who had led the Landscape Architecture department since 2011, is now dean of Architecture + Design. With her promotion, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Emily Vogler is now the new head of the graduate-level department.
And longtime Illustration professor and former Department Head Robert Brinkerhoff is now serving as dean of Fine Arts. Together with longtime Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies Joanne Stryker and Interim Provost Tracie Costantino, the new leaders are ensuring that RISD’s 23 studio and liberal arts departments continue to run smoothly.
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