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Serious Summer Fun

20 Jul

Had enough sun, sand, and surf? Love art and language? Whiling away the summer in Rhode Island or Brooklyn? Here are two events you won’t want to miss:

WORD: Text in Contemporary Art
Jamestown Art Center (up through August 13; curator’s tour on July 25)


BOMB Small Press Flea
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch (July 29, 10-4)

Writes of Passage

1 Jun

Yesterday we stopped by the Fleet Library to witness one of our favorite annual rituals—the submission of graduate students’ written theses to the Library’s permanent collection. The moment felt especially festive as library staff (including Marc Calhoun and Ariel Bordeaux, pictured below) greeted students with chocolate fortune cookies and hearty congratulations.

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We can’t wait for this new set of thesis books to reach the shelves—lots of summer reading ahead! In the meantime, one book caught our eye, so recently compiled that the ink hadn’t yet dried …

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Get Your Fleet Fix

20 Feb

The Fleet Library is organizing, hosting, and co-hosting three events this Spring that highlight the intersections of art, writing, and publication.

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Get ready for the (un)bound publication fair on Saturday, April 8, 2017. This free event—full of exhibits, workshops, speakers, and more—celebrates experimental printed matter created by local artists, designers, and publishers. You can find more information and register to exhibit your own artist’s books, zines, etc. at this website.

(un)bound will also feature a live reading at the closing reception. If you’re interested in giving a 5-minute performance that highlights how printed matter and speech/performance are translated into each other, email risdunbound@risd.edu with a proposal.

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Check out the exhibition of artists’ books created by fellow RISD students on display until May 12, 2017. All are in competition for four prizes, including addition to Fleet Library’s Artists’ Book collection. Mark your calendar for the opening reception on Wednesday, February 22, where the winners will be announced. See the website for more details.

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Fleet Library will be hosting an Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon on March 11, 2017, 1–5pm. This event is part of an annual, intercontinental push to create and improve Wikipedia pages that make visible the lives and work of underrepresented artists and to address the gender gap that exists across Wikimedia. To learn more about this local gathering and RSVP, visit the facebook page. You can also learn more about the larger movement on the Art + Feminism website.

Now’s the Time: A Workshop for Grad Thesis Writers

27 Oct

Sunday, November 13, 11 AM to 3 PM
College Building 346

Join Anne West (Senior Critic, Graduate Studies), Jen Liese (Director, Writing Center), and your peers from across departments and disciplines for a half day devoted to imagining, planning, launching, contextualizing, and sharing your written thesis, including …

• exemplary theses across disciplines, selected to highlight a range of styles, content, structures, and forms

• writings by artists and designers out in the world, selected to help evoke and stoke potential writing futures

• useful practices in research and documentation (both bibliographic and studio-based) 

• writing prompts throughout

• anything else you need (we welcome suggestions in advance)

• and free lunch, too

Grads in all years are welcome.

Please RSVP to writing@risd.edu by November 10.
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And don’t forget … the Writing Center’s tutors work with graduate thesis writers throughout the writing process; one-time appointments can be made here; weekly or biweekly appointments with the same tutor are also available (e-mail writing@risd.edu to discuss).
Looking for more resources? Check out these handouts of particular note:

Now and Later, Near and Far

13 Oct

Are your sketchbooks full of writing? Are your sketchbooks just plain full? Here are two great opportunities for you:

AS220 is offering a bookmaking workshop here in Providence on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Participants will be introduced to multiple book structures and methods for assembling them. Space is limited, so check out the details and sign up quickly.

 

 

fogo

Fogo Island Arts and Art Metropole have announced their collaboration for Spring 2017: The Islands. This six-week residency on Fogo Island and Toronto Island, Canada, aims to encourage arts writing and criticism in contemporary art. The call for applications will be launched in December, but you can learn more about this opportunity in the meantime.

H101 Formal Analysis Workshop

20 Sep

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H101 Formal Analysis: Overview and Q+A
with Jen Liese, Writing Center director
College Building 240

Th 9/22, 4-5
Mon 9/26, 12-1
Wed 9/28, 12-1
(Choose one.)

Your first H101 paper assignment—the formal analysis—is probably entirely new to you. Your H101 professor will guide you through its conventions, but you may want to learn more. In this workshop, we’ll review the essentials and the finer points of this cornerstone of art history writing and share approaches to seeing, describing, and analyzing works of art and design. Feel free to bring assignment sheets, drafts, and specific questions, or just come and listen in. (No formal wear required!)

 

Welcome all and all welcome Jim Zvi!

6 Sep

We are thrilled to introduce Jim Zvi, RISD’s Assistant Director of English Language Learning (ELL). Jim will work in this new position as an educator and advocate for RISD’s ELL students.

Jim comes to us with fifteen years of international English teaching experience, most recently at Hong Kong Polytech, where he’s worked with Design, Architecture, and Engineering majors.

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Here last week for International Student Orientation, Jim shared resources, advice, and some very funny jokes, putting into action one of his own research topics: “Humor, Controversy, and Avant-garde Delivery: An Approach to Teaching as a Performance.”

Jim will start full time on November 1. Until then, please contact Writing Center director Jen Liese with any language-related questions at jliese@risd.edu.