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BIG INK coming to RWU this Fall, led by Michael Rich, supported by FPST

September 25th, 2015 by glaramie

RWU is hosting a BIG INK event this Fall, that celebrates the tradition of woodblock printing in an exciting community atmosphere.  Big Ink will support up to 16 student from any discipline and all experience levels to carve and print a large-scale woodblock.  We will be hosting Lyell Castonguay, a noted woodblock artist from Amherst, MA on two occasions who will help Professor of Art Michael Rich direct the event - the first visit on the weekend of October 3 & 4 to give demonstrations, work with students on the carving process, and show his work.  On his second visit at the end of the semester, December 4 & 5, we will ink and print the large prints using the Takach press in VARTS as a group in a fantastic communal day of printing (pizza, coffee and ink - yeah!)  An exhibition of the work will follow – stay tuned for more news through Art on Campus.  

Four RWU Architecture students win 2015 AIA Rhode Island Scholarships totaling $10,000+

September 15th, 2015 by glaramie

AIA Rhode Island has awarded four of five of its annual AIA Rhode Island Scholarship awards, and more than $10,000 in support, to Roger Williams Architecture students this July for the 2015/16 academic year. These include:

  • The $4500 Norton Salk Memorial Scholarship Award awarded to Nathan Lynch, who will be a 3rd year student in 2015/16. This is the top scholarship awarded by the chapter
  • One $3000 AIA Rhode Island Scholarship to Bradley Postian, entering his 5th year of study
  • Two $1500 scholarships--one to Timothy Allen, entering his 2nd year of study, another to Justin Zafra, entering his 5th year

AIA Rhode Island has developed a generous scholarship program through fundraising by chapter members through its annual golf tournament, support from AIA national, and stewardship of endowed funds guided by the Rhode Island Foundation.

Rustermier exhibits in Jamestown

September 15th, 2015 by glaramie

RWU Art on Campus Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty Member Rob Rustermier had his work on display at the Didi Suydam Contemporary Gallery, Jamestown, RI opening July 24, 2015.

Spanish architects Roldan + Berengue Visiting Critics in Summer Graduate Architecture Studios

September 15th, 2015 by glaramie

Barcelona architects Miguel Roldan and Mercedes Berengue spent two weeks this summer as Visiting Critics at RWU in the Graduate Architectural Design and Comprehensive Project Design studio taught by Roberto Viola Ochoa. Roldan is the founder and director of the Barcelona Architecture Center , and the two lead the award-winning firm Roldan + Berengue . With Viola Ochoa, Roldan and Berengue participated in studio reviews including the “Sasaki Review” at the firm’s Watertown MA office where numerous members of the firm critique student work, and in consultant visits with Arup Associates Boston, one of the world’s leading consulting engineering firms.

Three McMillan artworks open in Boston

September 15th, 2015 by glaramie

Three works by artists Megan and Murray McMillan, RWU Associate Professor of Art, were on display in the Boston area in June-August 2015, including a large video installation in the catacombs of Fort Warren on Georges Island in the Boston Harbor, a project video component on the WGBH Video Wall--a 40 foot wide jumbotron in downtown Boston along Highway 90, and a video shot at Fort Warren at Boston Sculptor's Gallery. These installations were funded by RWU's Foundation to Promote Scholarship and Teaching and Pacific Laser Systems.

49 Bristol-Warren High School Emerging Artists hosted at RWU since 2012

September 15th, 2015 by glaramie

RWU’s Emerging Artists Program has now hosted 49 Mount Hope High School students in RWU Visual Arts Studies courses in the three years that the program has been offered since 2012. The program reserves spaces for up to four High School students during Fall, Spring and Summer semester courses in Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture alongside RWU undergraduate students. Initially organized by Professor Michael Rich, the program allows student in the Bristol-Warren district to enroll in college level courses for a $100 registration fee. Student work has been outstanding, as the participants test their abilities at the college level.

Joanna Grocott places 2nd in International Student Competition

September 4th, 2015 by glaramie

Joanna Grocott, BS Arch  ’14 and Master of Architecture candidate placed 2nd in the International Union of Architects / Public Health Group (uia/phg) 2015 student competition.  The purpose of the competition was to seek innovative approaches in designing mobile medical units to facilitate the swift diagnosis, isolation and treatment of patients with Ebola or other communicable diseases.  Grocott was attending Tsingjua University in Beijing as part of a RWU study abroad program.  She will share the $5,000 prize with her two teammates.

RWU-RISD Annual Architecture Student Exhibition at AIA Rhode Island, June-August 2015

September 4th, 2015 by glaramie

The 6th annual RWU-RISD Architecture Student Exhibition was held at AIA Rhode Island from June 18-July 15, 2015, with an opening on June 18 as part of Gallery Night Providence. More than 20 galleries in the city open their doors to the public on the third Thursday each month from March through October. Roger Williams University Architecture work this year focused on undergraduate and graduate student award winners.

Patrick Charles to be 2015/16 Visiting Professor at Cornell

September 3rd, 2015 by glaramie

Associate Professor Patrick Charles will spend 2015/16 as a Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at Cornell University. This Fall Charles will teach a course on curtain walls, and an elective in the Baker Program for Real Estate on Building Environmental Sustainability.

Jeremy Wells wins Fulbright Award to Brazil, Fall 2015

September 3rd, 2015 by glaramie

Assistant Professor Jeremy Wells will spend the Fall 2015 semester as a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, teaching at the Universidade Federale do Pernambuco in Recife, and working to extend a new model of heritage conservation, where community members and preservation experts work together to preserve the heritage that is important to their community. Wells will also work closely with doctoral students to conduct fieldwork in the local communities, and co-teach a course in modern heritage at the university. Wells work will be published in the journal City & Time.