Faculty searches for 2010/11 and new full-time faculty hires

As a result of national searches conducted between September 2010 and April 2011 new full-time faculty have been appointed to the departments of Digital+Media and Textiles and the Division of Foundation Studies. Searches in the departments of Industrial Design and Interior Architecture are in their final stages: the appointees will be announced before Commencement.

Please join Academic Affairs in congratulating our new full-time faculty.

Kelly Dobson has been appointed Associate Professor and Department Head of Digital + Media.  Dobson began studies in medicine and art, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University’s Department of Architecture, Art and Planning and later a Master of Science degree from MIT’s Visual Studies Program and a MS and PhD from the MIT Media Lab. She has taught at RISD as adjunct faculty since 2006, held term appointments in 2009/10 and 2010/11,  and served during 2010/11 as acting department head of Digital + Media. She is the recipient of a Rockefeller New Media Fellowship and a Franklin Furnace Performance Art Grant. Prior to teaching at RISD Kelly taught at Cornell University and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and was a Visiting Artist and Engineer at MIT’s Media Lab.  She is currently developing a method of personal, societal, and psychoanalytical engagement termed Machine Therapy, a response to the overwhelmingly pervasive effects of machines in everyday life.

Brooks Hagan has been appointed Assistant Professor, Textiles.  Brooks earned his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MFA from RISD in 2002. Brooks is a textile designer and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with numerous industry leaders including KnollTextiles, S.Harris/Vervain, Carnegie, and Maharam and collaborated with fine artists such as Keith Edmier.  He maintains a studio practice centered on painting and writing.  Brooks has taught as an adjunct faculty member in RISD’s Textiles and Graduate Studies since 2006, and has held a term appointment for 2010-2011. He was the recipient of a RISD Professional Development Fund Grant in 2010 for his collaboration with the Dieu Donne Papermill in Manhattan.

Mary Anne Friel has been appointed Assistant Professor, Textiles. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Mary Anne is a visual artist engaged in individual and collaborative modes of studio and curatorial work.  She has served as Project Coordinator and Master Printer at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) for over two decades. During her time at FWM she established a west coast studio in Oakland, CA that she directed from 1990-99. Her FWM projects are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Tate Gallery, Museum Moderner Kunst, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ms. Friel has taught at University of the Arts and been a guest critic at Moore College of Art; University of Colorado, Boulder; and University of Pennsylvania. She has participated in residencies at Banff Center for the Arts, I-Park and the Smithsonian Institution and has been awarded a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant. Her curatorial work has been presented at SZ Art Center, Beijing, and FWM. Upcoming exhibition venues include University of the Arts, and University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Her writing will be published in the forthcoming exhibition catalog Relatively Related. She serves on the Philagrafika Invitational Portfolio committee.

Daniel Lefcourt has been appointed Assistant Professor, Foundation Studies, Drawing. He received his BFA from RISD in 1997 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2005. Daniel is an alumni of the European Honors Program. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Taxter & Spengemann, New York (2011), Sutton Lane, London (2009), and Gallery Luis Campaña, Berlin (2009). His work has recently been featured in group exhibitions, including “Knight’s Move” at the Sculpture Center, in Long Island City, New York, and “Perpetual Dialogue” at the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York. Daniel has been a featured speaker at numerous institutions, most recently as part of the Dia Art Foundation’s Artist on Artist lecture series. He has taught as adjunct faculty in RISD’s Painting Department since 2008.

Lori Esposito has been appointed Assistant Professor, Foundation Studies, Drawing.  She received her BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design; a MA from Ohio University; and a MFA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Lori was born in Thousand Oaks, California and has lived and studied in a variety of regions of the US. Subsequently, her work has been influenced by a transient exposure to culturally and ecologically diverse and disparate environments. She has received numerous awards, including the Rhein Medal Prize for public sculpture in 2007, and was nominated by the Helen Wurlitzer foundation in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in North Carolina, Ohio, California, New York, and Washington, DC.