Robert Preucel (Director, Haffenreffer Museum)
John Smith (Director, RISD Museum)
Academic Review Committee
Robert Preucel (Director, Haffenreffer Museum)
Sarah Ganz Blythe (Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Education and Programs, RISD Museum)
Gina Borremeo (Curator of Ancient Art, RISD Museum)
Daniel Cavicchi (Dean of Liberal Arts, RISD)
Tracie Costantino (Assistant Dean of Faculty, RISD)
Joseph Meisel (Deputy Provost, Brown)
Kevin Smith (Deputy Director, Haffenreffer Museum)
Sheri Wills (Dean of Fine Arts, RISD)
Mellon Teaching Fellows (2016-2017 Term)
Jeffrey Moser is a historian of East Asian art and culture who specializes in the artistic and intellectual history of China during the Song-Yuan era (tenth to fourteenth centuries AD). His research focuses on the ways in which sensory engagement with material things transformed historical approaches to the challenges of making, reasoning, and knowing. His interest in the catalytic potency of objects extends from the historical dimensions of his research to the contemporary challenges of university and museum education. Prior to joining the faculty at Brown in 2015, Moser taught at McGill University and Zhejiang University. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Nominal Things: Bronzes, Schemata, and Hermeneutics of Facture in Northern Song China. His research articles have appeared in the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Journal of Song-Yuan Studies, and elsewhere. Dr. Moser will be working with the RISD Museum of Art for this fellowship.
Masha Ryskin has taught in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies at RISD since 2010. She is printmaker, painter, and installation artist with a keen interest in music and anthropology. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally. A political refugee from the Soviet Union, she received a classical education in painting before earning a BFA in printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA at University of Michigan, where she became interested in textiles. Ryskin has participated in a number of artist residencies world-wide and is a recipient of numerous grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Oslo, Norway and the Rhode Island Fellowship in Printmaking and Drawing. Her project at Haffenreffer involves examining the textiles of the Andean region in order to assemble a teaching collection for drawing and design courses. Specifically, she plans to look at the symbolism and role of patterns in Peruvian textiles. Dr. Ryskin will be working with the Haffenreffer Museum for this fellowship.
Mellon Teaching Fellows (2015-2016 Term)
Graham Oliver is Professor of Classics and History at Brown University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Greek history and literature and has directed and taught international graduate programs in epigraphy at Oxford University and the British School at Athens. He has authored, edited, or co-edited numerous books including The Epigraphy of Death: Studies in the History and Society of Greece and Rome (Liverpool University Press, 2000), Hellenistic Economies (Routledge, 2001), and War, Food and Politics in Early Hellenistic Athens (Oxford University Press, 2007). He has recently co-edited a collection of essays, Cultures of Commemoration; War Memorials, Ancient and Modern (Oxford University Press, 2012), which examines commemorative practices in Western culture from the fifth century B.C.E. through the World Wars and to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Dr. Oliver worked with the RISD Museum of Art for this fellowship.
Multidisciplinary design practitioner, artist, and RISD educator Amy Leidtke is an engaged scholar with over twenty years professional experience in research, participatory design, strategic and master planning, exhibit and product development and design, curriculum design, educational symposia, and public speaking. Sample RISD studio courses include Curiosita: Practical Applications for Innovative Thinking, Introduction to Industrial Design, Sketching and Rendering for Industrial Design, Nature-Inspired Design Innovation, and Industrial Design Graduate Studio. Recent independent research activities involve creating design education products and experiences for K-12 students and educators. Dr. Leidtke worked with the Haffenreffer Museum for this fellowship.
Mellon Teaching Fellows (2015 Term)
Vazira Zamindar is an Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. Her works at the intersection of anthropology and history with an interest in cross-border histories for rethinking a divided South Asia, as well as the politics of violence and its impact on history-writing itself. Her book, The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories, was published by Columbia University Press in 2007. Dr. Zamindar worked with the RISD Museum of Art for this fellowship.
Jane South is an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture at RISD. A former set designer for experimental theater, she has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Mass MoCA, and the Museum of Art and Design. She has had solo exhibitions at the Queens Museum (NY), the Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), the Spencer Brownstone Gallery (NY), and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (CA). You can read her Teaching Fellow blog here. Dr. South worked with the Haffenreffer Museum for this fellowship.
Mellon Photography Fellows
Christopher Alviar for the RISD Museum
Caleb Churchill for the Haffenreffer Museum.