Full-time faculty hires Spring 2012

Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the following new full-time faculty have been hired as a result of national searches mounted during the 11/12 academic year.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Cas Holman

CAS HOLMAN

Cas Holman has an MA in 3D design from Cranbrook and her BA is from UC Santa Cruz.  Her extensive practice centers on design for children–playgrounds and exhibits at children’s museums particularly. Cas is a thinker and a maker and has dealt with small business and large-scale production issues. The committee was particularly impressed with her interaction with students at both the sophomore and graduate level, and at the evidence in her lecture of her deep involvement and interest in the work and development of her students.

PAINTING


Craig Taylor

CRAIG TAYLOR

Craig has taught at RISD since 2005, and is currently on a term appointment here.  He also has taught both full time and part time since his graduation from Maine College of Art and then from Yale in 1998.  His printmaking and diverse painting practices have developed into a solid exhibition record.   He moves easily between the roles of artist and teacher, and the committee rated his student critiques as the best of all the final candidates.

ANGELA DUFRESNE

Angela is a graduate of Yale and the Kansas City Art Institute.  She has an extensive national and international exhibition record, and her work is starting to make its way into museum collections and exhibits.  She has taught part time at RISD, Princeton and Sarah Lawrence and been a visiting lecturer at several other top tier schools.  The committee was deeply impressed by her presentations and brilliant lecture, and by the confidence and humor she brought to her interactions with students during her visit.

GRAPHIC DESIGN


JOHN CASERTA

John first received a BA in Journalism and he worked as a design and creative director before earning his MFA from Yale.  He has taught at RISD for several years while maintaining an active and thoughtful practice.  He is well versed in a range of traditional and new technologies, and brings programming expertise that will help broaden the potential learning outcomes in our graphic design department.

CLEMENT VALLA

Clement is a graduate of the Digital Media department and has taught here in a number of departments.  He has worked with Foundation Studies faculty to bring new technologies to their students’ experience. His strong commitment to a practicing artist’s perspective makes him an ideal collaborator and bridge between departments.

FURNITURE DESIGN


CHRISTOPHER SPECCE

Chris has a BFA from RISD’s ID department, and has taught here for eight years, including one year full time.  He is an active designer with a wide range of industry experience. He teaches and uses new technologies and has a clear vision for their use, along with traditional making techniques, to inspire the creative thinking process.

HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE: DESIGN HISTORY

ERIC ANDERSON

Eric earned his PhD at Columbia University and also studied at Williams College and at Humboldt University in Berlin.  He comes to us with two years of full time teaching in the history of design disciplines at Kendall College of Art and Design.  Eric’s scholarship bridges design history and theory with a keen interest in studio practices, particularly in the design disciplines.  He has the potential to situate design history in a broader collaborative context rather than in that of individual departments.

DIGITAL MEDIA

SHONA KITCHEN

Shona studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and has an international reputation as an artist and more than ten years teaching and exhibiting.  Her work engages emerging technologies, the public sphere, and mediation in social/environmental relationships.


Angela Dufresne, Cas Holman, Chris Specce, Clement Valla, Craig Taylor, Eric Anderson, John Caserta, Shona Kitchen