The European Honors Program celebrated its 50th anniversary in Rome with a series of special events held in late November. “It was a week of modest, but yet meaningful celebration,” notes Professor Colgate Searle BLA ’71, who has been actively involved in helping to shape RISD’s ever-popular study abroad program. “For many of the more experienced participants like me, it was a way to look at and verify some fundamental lines in the program’s history and mission.”
In addition to presentations by three EHP alumni – Professor David Frazer ’70 PT, author/illustrator David Macaulay BArch ’69 and painter/installation artist Anna Schuleit ’98 PT (both of whom share the distinction of being Macarthur Fellows) – the Cenci hosted an exhibition of work by Italian artist Sabina Mirri in the Beatrice Room (the photo above was taken at the opening). “It was a way for us to honor a well-respected local artist who befriended the EHP,” says long-time EHP Director Ezio Genovese, “and was also an indirect tribute to the memory of Francesca Woodman ’79 PH,” a gifted photographer who found enormous inspiration through her EHP year in Rome.
To top off the week’s events, current EHP students, faculty and staff prepared Thanksgiving dinner together. “It was a moment for rejoicing in which everyone who attended could see it as a possible positive metaphor for their own future,” Ezio notes. “On the whole, the celebration was a response to a very ambitious question: how can RISD, the EHP and the world of art and design contribute to shaping a better world?”