In the Media

2024 Capstone Presentations

RISD News highlights the Brown|RISD Dual Degree capstone presentations delivered on May 29 and 30, 2024, in Brown's Lindemann Performing Arts Center. These presentations offered a "captivating and emotional look into [the graduates'] multidisciplinary work."

Read more on RISD News

View the presentation recordings on Behance

Ernesto Renda (BRDD 2018) in "for love, for art, and for being"

Ernesto Renda (BRDD 2018, Painting, Modern Culture and Media) has artwork in for love, for art, and for being, an exhibition curated by UTA Artist Space Senior Director Harrison Tenzer in partnership with actor Elliot Page. On view in Los Angeles from June 5-8 and online from June 5-26, 2024, for love, for art, and for being celebrates queer artistic expression in honor of Pride Month. This follows Renda's recent solo exhibition at Moskowitz Bayse in LA.

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Hannah Subotnick (BRDD 2016) Awarded a Fulbright Grant

Hannah Subotnick (BRDD 2016, Film/Animation/Video, Modern Culture and Media) has been named a 2024-25 Fulbright Grant recipient. Subotnick earned an MFA in Art Pratice from Stanford University in 2020, and has served as a Critic in RISD's F/A/V department. The award will allow her to "travel to the Netherlands to make a photographic portrait of philosopher Baruch Spinoza in absentia by tracing his presence through the places he lived ... [exploring] how Spinoza’s occupational practice of lens grinding relates metaphorically and poetically to his philosophy."

Read more from the Stanford Report

Naya Lee Chang (BRDD 2024) Remixes Public Art on College Hill

In the last month of her five years in Providence, Naya Lee Chang (BRDD 2024, Furniture Design, History) led walking tours of public art installations that she created in conversation with existing buildings and monuments across both Brown and RISD's campuses. Stops on the tour included a waving inflatable arm attached to the statue of Caesar Augustus overlooking Brown's Wriston Quad and Bricked Over Windows, a Dorner Prize-winning work on the RISD Museum's Benefit Street facade. Drawing parallels between practices of historical scholarship and public art, Naya muses that critical practitioners in both fields "learn existing stories then try to make [their] intervention."

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Njari Anderson (BRDD 2024) Awarded Windgate-Lamar Fellowship

Njari Anderson (BRDD 2024, Sculpture, Modern Culture and Media) has been awarded a 2024 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship. Each year, the Center for Craft awards ten emerging craft artists $15,000 in unrestricted funds in recognition of the "excellence of their artistic contributions and their potential to innovate and enrich the craft field."

Learn more from the Center for Craft

Recent Designs by Nik Bentel (BRDD 2017) in Fast Company and Design Milk

Fast Company highlights new designs by Nik Bentel (BRDD 2017, Industrial Design, Modern Culture and Media): “a chrome purse in the shape of an orb that warps light … made using a very complex mathematical calculation” and a line of “surrealist accessories,” created in collaboration with Kortney Hinden, “which [turn] iconic New York City street food into fashion.”

In Design Milk's "Friday Five" series, Bentel shares some of his current favorite things and muses on his path to this moment in his career.

Ethan Hoskins and Glory Lee (BRDD 2024) in RISD’s Annual Runway Show

Each year, seniors majoring in Apparel Design present a collection in the department's high-profile runway event. Ethan Hoskins (BRDD 2024, Apparel Design, Psychology) and Glory Lee (BRDD 2024, Apparel Design, Business Economics) are among this year's designers.

Inspired in part by her experiences working in fashion marketing during her time as a student, Lee debuted a collection titled What Suits Me, which "explores and maintains a delicate balance between structure and freedom, youth and maturity, conformity and originality." Hoskins, on the other hand, "discovered in the course of his apparel design studies that he wanted to pursue painting." Vogue Runway's coverage of the show calls his "abstract expressionist self-portraits, executed on Styrofoam ... a reminder of the importance of following one’s heart."

Image: Looks from Lee's collection What Suits Me

Read more from Vogue Runway and RISD News

Jorge Palacios (BRDD 2020) Awarded Prize in Speculative Futures

Jorge Palacios (BRDD 2020, Glass, Astrophysics) - currently a student in UC Santa Cruz's Environmental Art and Social Practice MFA program - has been awarded a 2023-2024 Coha-Gunderson Prize in Speculative Futures Open to students across UCSC's graduate and undergraduate schools, the Coha-Gunderson Prize celebrates mixed media work in speculative fiction. Palacios' project, “Nomadic Infrastructures: Foraging, Craft, and New Media,” will "[use] a craft approach to sculpture and an ethnographic approach to foraging in order to create [willow hoop] structures that 'may reimagine alternative ways of relating to the environment and new media.'"

Read more from UCSC's Humanities Institute

Ivery Chen (BRDD 2024) and Healey Koch (BRDD 2024.5) Premiere Animations in F/A/V Senior Show

Ivery Chen (BRDD 2024, Film/Animation/Video, Computer Science) and Healey Koch (BRDD 2024.5, Film/Animation/Video, Computer Science) each premiered a senior film in the RISD Auditorium as part of the Film/Animation/Video department’s Senior Show.

Image: still from Ivery Chen's "Monday"

Read more from RISD News and view the films on RISD's YouTube account

Justin Rui Han (BRDD 2022) Named Sharpe-Walentas Program's 2024 Philip Pearlstein Painter

Justin Rui Han (BRDD 2022, Painting, Archaeology & the Ancient World) has been awarded a prestigious Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program residency for 2024-25. Han joins the cohort as the recipient of this year's Philip Pearlstein Painter Award, which identifies an outstanding representational painter in recognition of Pearlstein’s commitment to referential art. This announcement follows his 2024 solo exhibition Shatter Zones at The Artist Room in London.

Read the award announcement and learn more about the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program