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Social Equity + Inclusion Office
The Office of Social Equity + Inclusion and the Painting department sponsored an artist talk and conversation with Alaska-based artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs as part of the ongoing RISD Indigenous Arts Series. The lecture took place on February 26th, 2019 at 5:00 pm in the Chace Auditorium, Canal St., Providence, RI. Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq/Athabaskan)was born in Bethel, Alaska, in 1969 and raised in Nome, she holds a bachelor of fine arts (1992) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a master of fine arts (1998) from Arizona State University, Tempe. Her artwork continually references a sense of place, history, culture, and family. Kelliher-Combs is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship, the Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor’s Individual Artist Award, the Arctic Education Foundation Academic Excellence Award, and the Best of Show honor at the Visual Arts Center of Alaska’s Vision of New Eyes exhibition. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the National Museum of the American Indian, Anchorage Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, British Royal Museum, Institute of American Indian Art Museum of Contemporary Native Art, and Alaska State Museum.
President's Office and Murray Moss
Visiting designer Murray Moss, founder and creative mind behind MOSS design gallery in NYC, presents In Search of Narrative, a lecture addressing such questions as: Is there a life story embedded in each inanimate object? Does the designer address not only formalistic aspects of an object, but also narrative? These questions provide the foundation for Moss’s exploration of object narratives and his belief that every object, whether categorized as functional, decorative or as art, contains a complicated narrative that points to the fundamental intersection of persons and things in modern life.
President's Office and Virgil Abloh
Best known for his Milan-based fashion label Off-White and as Kanye West’s longtime creative director, Virgil Abloh visited RISD May 2–3, 2017, packing the Auditorium with students eager to hear him speak about his trajectory and approach to design. His brief talk quickly morphed into a conversation with President Rosanne Somerson 76 ID in which the two talked about the importance of transcending boundaries, building credibility, maintaining integrity and moving fluidly across time, space and medium as a designer.
RISD Museum and Kara Walker
Accomplished artist Kara Walker (RISD MFA 1994, Painting/Printmaking), winner of a MacArthur “genius” fellowship, is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures that have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. The RISD Auditorium was full to capacity for this much-anticipated Artist Talk. This video was produced by RISD Museum.
Graduate Studies and Carolee Schneemann
Visiting artist Carolee Schneemann gave a lecture on March 22nd, 2016 in the RISD Auditorium at 7:00pm. Carolee Schneemann’s legendary performances, installations, and video art explore and fuse a vitality of sensate experience and vivid imagination through ideas of the sacred, taboo, and erotic pleasure. With remarkable courage she disturbs conventions and trespasses boundaries, altering the conditions – and our expectations – of art. A pioneer of 1960s feminist art, her paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, and strikingly independent writings reveal and animate a distinctive vision that continues to challenge and inspire artists today.
Liberat Arts Division and Philip Glass
The local arts nonprofit FirstWorks brought Glass and violinist Tim Fain to Providence for a Wednesday evening concert Februrary 25th, 2015. The composer then stopped by RISD on Thursday afternoon, February 26th for an open discussion about his creative practice with Dean of Liberal Arts Dan Cavicchi, a cultural historian and author of several music-focused books. A large audience packed into the RISD Auditorium listened intently as Glass spoke about the process of producing emotionally charged soundtracks for The Truman Show, Notes on a Scandal, Hamburger Hill and many other moving films.