Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the recipients for the Spring 2018 cycle of the Professional Development Fund. For more information on grants available to full and part-time RISD faculty members, click here. The total amount granted in this cycle was $68,198.
Alero Akporiaye (Assistant Professor, History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences) for a pilot study on the mitigation of obsolescing barging risk in the energy industry.
Johanna Barthmaier (Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture) for a project examining the relationship between the river corridor and neighboring land use in the Woonsocket River Watershed.
Eduardo Benamor Duarte (Associate Professor, Interior Architecture) for the fabrication and production of a public art project and community workshop within the River Rising/Sube el Rio: Starlight Park.
Marc Calhoun (Catalog/Reference Librarian, Fleet Library) to continue research into how libraries are using Masters’ Theses.
Emily Cornell du Houx (Lecturer, Jewelry + Metalsmithing) for fabrication, transportation, and production of art pieces to be incorporated into a flat bottomed barge, which will complete a journey down the Mississippi River.
Claudia Covert (Special Collections Librarian, Fleet Library) to attend the Rare Book School and Librarians Active Learning Institute.
Namita Dharia (Assistant Professor, History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences) for the further development of publication entitled The Industrial Ephemeral: The Politics of Labor in India’s Construction Industry.
Katy Foley (Critic, Landscape Architecture) for the production and materials costs of a site responsive installation project as part of the I-Park Residency.
Lindsay French (Associate Professor, History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences) for further research into religious pluralism in Cambodia.
Mary Anne Friel (Assistant Professor, Textiles) for the further investigation of the intersection between geophysical phenomena, visceral experience, scientific observation, cultural knowledge and imagination in the investigation of active volcanic environments.
Paula Gaetano-Adi (Associate Professor, Experimental and Foundation Studies) to support graduate studies at the European Graduate School, Switzerland.
Adela Goldbard (Assistant Professor, Experimental and Foundation Studies) for the further development of, The Last Judgement, a pyrotechnic performance that focuses on the narrative of systemic violence, corruption, catastrophe, and resistance in central Mexico.
Jennifer Goldberg (Critic, Industrial Design) to attend the Craft of Leather workshop.
Martie Holmer (Senior Critic, Experimental and Foundation Studies) to attend a workshop in Orvieto, Italy on applying traditional arts to developing technologies and markets.
Henry Horenstein (Professor, Photography) to meet the post-production costs of the film, Blitto, which follows the life of Blitto Falcone, a struggling singer-songwriter, animal activist, and uber-vegan, through the highly diverse Buenos Aires underground.
Gina Kamentsky (Critic, Film Animation Video) for further learning and research into music theory and composition.
Dorothee King (Lecturer, History of Art + Visual Culture) to further develop a new publication entitled, Global Politics of Smell, which concerns the critical examination of contemporary olfactory art, design, and architectural projects.
Suzanne Mathew (Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture) to measure and visualize a series of dynamic environmental factors using digital weather instruments and sensory methods in Union Square.
Alyson Ogasian (Critic, Digital + Media) for the further development of an installation and publication exploring the connections between experiments undertaken at NASA’s analog habitats.
Ellen Petraits (Research & Instructional Librarian, Fleet Library) to further develop research and studio practice into climate change.
Mark Pompelia (Visual & Material Resource Librarian, Fleet Library) to further develop a registry of art, architecture, and design image collections online.
Heather Rowe (Assistant Professor, Sculpture) for further research into the archive of the parapsychology lab.
Masha Ryskin (Assistant Professor, Experimental and Foundation Studies) to attend two artist residences, the first at the Royal School of Drawing in Scotland and the second at ID11 in the Netherlands.
Suzanne Scanlan (Lecturer, History of Art + Visual Culture) to support further research into early female graduates of RISD.
Josephine Sittenfeld (Lecturer, History of Art + Visual Culture) to support production and post-production costs of the film, ETHAN AT 21, which tracks the life of an autistic boy as he transitions to adulthood.
Steve Smith (Professor, Photography) to support the production and post-production costs of the photographic monograph, The Idea of West, which explores the expansion of suburbia in the western states.
Franz Werner (Professor, Graphic Design) to support the post-production costs associated with the publication, Designing with Light, a collection techniques and examples for image making in print and video.
Randy Willier (Senior Critic, Illustration) to support a painting project in the city of Cusco, which will examine the culture, environment, and history of this area of Peru.