List of Rhode Island School of Design people

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This is a list of notable people from the Rhode Island School of Design.


Notable alumni[edit]

Academia[edit]

Actors[edit]

Business[edit]

Politics[edit]

Artists[edit]

Animation[edit]

Architecture[edit]

  • Deborah Berke (B.F.A. 1975; B.Arch 1977; D.Hon. 2005) – Dean of Yale School of Architecture; Principal of Deborah Berke Partners.
  • Preston Scott Cohen (B.Arch 1983) – Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD); Principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.
  • Michael Gabellini (B.Arch 1981) – architect and interior designer, teacher at the Parsons School of Design
  • Glenn Gissler (B.Arch 1984) – architect
  • Richard Levine (B.Arch 1962) – professor, green architect, and sustainability pioneer
  • Michael Maltzan (B.Arch) – Principal and founder of Michael Maltzan Architecture
  • Sam Posey (B.F.A. Painting 1966) – New England car racer, painter and architect.[9][10]
  • Ira Rakatansky (B.Arch 1942) – Providence-based architect[11]
  • Nader Tehrani (B.Arch 1986) – Dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union (2015–present), professor and head of the Department of Architecture, MIT (2010–2014); principal and founder of NADAAA

Art collectives[edit]

Art collectors and art dealers[edit]

  • Mary Boone (B.F.A. 1973) – gallery owner of Mary Boone Gallery
  • David Whitney (B. Interior Architecture 1963) – art collector and curator; longtime companion of architect Philip Johnson

Comics[edit]

Fashion[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Furniture design[edit]

  • Amy Devers (M.F.A. Furniture Design 2001) – furniture designer; television personality[13]
  • Brodie Neill (M.F.A. Furniture Design 2004) – furniture designer[14]
  • Josh Owen (M.F.A. Furniture Design 1998) – furniture designer[15]
  • Emi Ozawa (M.F.A. Furniture Design 1992) – artist [16]
  • Matthias Pliessnig (B.F.A. Furniture Design 2003) – furniture designer[17]
  • Charles Tsunashima (B.F.A. Industrial Design 1997, M.F.A. Textiles 2000) – furniture designer, Tama Arts University faculty
  • Rosanne Somerson (B.F.A. Industrial Design 1976) – furniture designer; RISD professor, FD department head, provost, and RISD President from 2015–present.

Glass[edit]

Graphic design[edit]

  • Tobias Frere-Jones (B.F.A. 1992) – type designer
  • Tom Geismar (B.F.A.) – identity designer and corporate identity pioneer; designed marks for NBC, Mobil, Chase, Xerox, and MoMA
  • Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland (Carl Philip Edmund Bertil) (2007-2008, no degree) – Graphic Design studies for one year[20]
  • Michael H. Riley – Emmy Award-nominated designer and founder of design company Shine
  • Michael Rock (M.F.A. 1984) – founder and partner of 2x4; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award recipient
  • Jessica Walsh – partner at Sagmeister & Walsh studio; Art Directors Club "Young Gun"

Illustration[edit]

Industrial design[edit]

Literature[edit]

MacArthur Fellowships[edit]

Multimedia, mixed media and installation[edit]

Music[edit]

Musical bands formed by students while attending the school:

Painting[edit]

Photography[edit]

Printmaking[edit]

Sculpture[edit]

Textiles[edit]

  • Ruth Adler Schnee (B.F.A. 1945) – a founding figure of contemporary textile design in America and best known for her modern prints and abstract-patterns of organic and geometric forms.[46]

Notable current and past faculty[edit]

Fine arts department[edit]

The fine arts department includes the following academics; ceramics, film/animation/video, glass, illustration, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.

Ceramics[edit]

Film/Animation/Video[edit]

Illustration[edit]

Jewelry and metalsmithing[edit]

Painting[edit]

  • Richard Merkin (M.F.A. 1963) – Professor Emeritus, painter
  • George William Whitaker – first instructor of oil painting[48]
  • Mabel May Woodward – painting faculty for over 20 years;[49] during the early 20th century introduced the "action class," in which students studied the human figure as a machine rather than as a stationary object[50]

Photography[edit]

  • Diane Arbus – photographer
  • Harry Callahan – photographer, former Chair of the Department of Photography
  • Joe Deal - photographer, Professor Emeritus, former Provost
  • Ann Fessler – author, filmmaker, installation artist, former Department Head and Graduate Program Director
  • Henry Horenstein – photographer
  • Aaron Siskind – abstract expressionist photographer who, with Callahan, founded the photography department at RISD

Printmaking[edit]

  • Andrew Raftery – engraver; has taught in the printmaking and painting department since 1991[51]
  • Brian Shure – master printmaker, realist painter, teaching from 1996–2016[52]
  • Carol Wax – printmaker, visiting artist and faculty in the printmaking department

Design and architecture department[edit]

The design and architecture department includes the following academics; apparel design, architecture, furniture design, graphic design, industrial design, and landscape architecture.

Architecture[edit]

Furniture design[edit]

  • Tage Frid – RISD professor of Woodworking and Furniture design from 1962 until 1985[53] also connected to the industrial design program.[54]
  • Jens Risom – furniture design

Graphic design[edit]

Industrial design[edit]

  • Marc Harrison – industrial designer and pioneer of universal design and RISD professor of industrial design until his death in 1998[57]

Foundations department[edit]

Liberal arts department[edit]

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