The RISD Professional Development Fund was established with a Mellon Foundation Grant, with the goal of fostering excellence in the fields of art and design, and the advancement of knowledge in related fields. The fund also provides financial support for the extraordinary costs of studio work, for research projects that could not be done otherwise, for the development of publications, and other work in progress undertaken by faculty, museum curators, and professional librarians. The fund has awarded more than $1,700,000 since its inception in 1982.
Funded project proposals have included travel for research, assistance in mounting an exhibition, the production or reproduction of art and design, the purchase of a tool, purchase of picture rights for a publication, and course load reduction of one teaching unit for full-time faculty, etc. Awards average $2,500.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Fall 2013 grants:
John Adimando, Printmaking
Rachel Berwick, Glass
Nicholas Evans Cato, Foundation Studies
Gail Fredell, Furniture
Ann Harleman, Literary Arts + Studies
Elizabeth Hermann, Landscape Architecture
Daniel Heyman, Printmaking
Yugon Kim, Interior Architecture
Yuri Kobayashi, Furniture
Leora Maltz-Leca, History of Art + Visual Culture
Suzanne Mancini, Apparel Design
Katy Schimert, Ceramics
Brian Shure, Printmaking