Thu, Sept 23, 2021 12pm

Lecture: Bahia Shehab

Bahia Shehab is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, political activist and historian whose work focuses on the interaction and intersection of modern identity and ancient cultural heritage. Her imaginative combination of calligraphy and Islamic art history produced cutting edge, beautiful, impactful street art during the Arab Spring and continues to inform her work as an educator and designer.

Having always been concerned with identity and preserving cultural heritage, she investigates art history to reinterpret contemporary Arab politics, feminist discourse and social issues. Her culturally oriented work enables her to use history as a means to better understand the present and find solutions for the future.

Bahia believes that art may be employed for the purposes of social change and has explored this phenomenon through her artwork, which focuses on socially charged themes such as the Arab identity and women’s rights. Her research is largely concerned with understanding the Arabic letters and has been preoccupied with Arabic calligraphy in much of her work. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions around the world and she has received several awards and recognition for her achievements.

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Thu, Sept 30, 6:30pm
GD Commons

Glen Cummings on design in the public realm

Designer Glen Cummings, founding partner of the New York studio MTWTF, will present a cross section of projects that engage, and aim to shape, the public realm through signage, maps, publications, exhibitions and digital media.

“For designers each public project is a chance to learn how some part of a complex “city machine” works, and perhaps an opportunity to give things a little push, or kick, in a good direction.”

Project clients will include: The City of Newark, NJ; Brookings Institution; Participatory Budgeting Project; Design Trust for Public Space; Brooklyn Public Library; The State of New York; Center for Urban Pedagogy; Humanities Action Lab; Columbia University in the City of New York.

In the above panel discussion, hear students and instructors provide background and context to their projects from the spring elective, Newly Formed. The online discussion was held on July 18, 2021, in association with Is a Gallery's 2021 summer exhibition, ZZZZZZZZZZZ: Excavating Form Within Design Education RISD Graphic Design. See photographs of the exhibition on the gallery website.

Posted June 9, 2021

Browse our Fall 2021 electives

The goal is to be back on campus this fall with a lineup of hybrid courses. These courses are available for registration starting in June.

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See work from the MFA class of 2021 on the RISD Grad Show website

Seniors created video trailers to promote their semester-long Degree Projects. Degree Projects included an optional in-person exhibition and 30-minute Zoom presentation.

This past May, students in the first year of the three-year MFA program finished the semester by filling a room with printed work from their required and elective studios. Although most courses met remotely, physical artifacts were generated throughout the year.

See research projects from Anther Kiley’s spring elective, Critical Issues Studio

Sunho Lee (MFA 2023) created a film-title inspired sequence in response to a countdown assignment in Ron Pearl’s Motion Design elective. See more of Sunho’s work.

Refresh Memory by Amy Choi (BFA 2021) was created in this past spring’s Computational Poetics course, taught by Kathy Wu. See more projects in the course reader.

Revisit this past spring’s Code Lab featuring video and text demos

Presentation by RISD GD MFA alumni Tatiana Gómez and José Menéndez. How to aim to build strength, confidence, and trust in our communities through design by doing what you can with what you have? Part of the 2021 MFA Biennial.

Clara Balaguer joined us as part of the ‘remote’ 2021 Spring Speaker Series. See other lectures on our Vimeo channel.

Below: zzz by Everett Epstein (MFA 2021), from the spring 2021 course, Newly Formed