• Artist Il Lee (Pratt M.F.A. '82) and one of his works, titled Untitled 182, 1982, ballpoint pen on paper, 29x42 inches. Photos Courtesy of the artist and Art Projects International, New York.
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    • What Does Success Look Like?

      Painter | Il Lee

    • When The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its newly installed Arts of Korea Gallery this month, it will showcase two works by Il Lee (M.F.A. ’82), a Korean-born, New York-based artist best known for creating innovative works both on paper and canvas using ballpoint pens.

      The exhibit brings the artist’s move from Korea to New York full circle, explains Jung Lee Sanders, whose gallery Art Projects International has been representing Lee since 1996.

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      Artist, Curator & Poet | Arnold Kemp

    • Just before he was scheduled to do a poetry reading at SFMOMA last year in response to a work in the collection as part of the Pop-Up Poets Series for the exhibition The Steins Collect, Arnold Kemp discovered that Mary Heilmann’s Fire and Ice Remix had been taken off view.

      “I asked the Museum to project an image of the painting on a blank wall,” Kemp says. He printed copies of the painting which he gave to the audience. Some were in color. Some in black and white. He told the audience that before he would read, they had to take a minute to try to transform the projection into the actual painting.

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      Video Artist | Oded Hirsch

    • On the kibbutz where Israeli-born video artist Oded Hirsch grew up, there is almost always a ready-made cast of family and friends excited to star in his work.

      For his first major piece, 50 Blue, half a dozen men from the kibbutz—a collective living community in Israel — volunteered to hoist Hirsch’s father in his wheelchair up to a watchtower while standing in the Sea of Galilee in the rain.

      “I was surprised because people really came to me and said ‘we want to be part of it,’” he says.

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      Jewelry Designer | Carrie Bilbo

    • In the few years since graduating, Carrie Bilbo (B.F.A. Jewelry/Metalsmithing ’09), has made a dramatic entrance into the rarefied world of fine jewelry design.

      Bilbo’s incorporation of cicada wings in necklaces and rings—described as “edgy and chilling” by Nylon—have gained recognition as beautiful body ornaments, and received media attention in Vogue, Sublime, and New York magazine’s blog The Cut, NBC New York, InStyle magazine, and Art Jewelry Forum.

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      Filmmaker | Luke McKinney

    • It didn’t take Luke McKinney long to find the opportunity of a lifetime that every young artist aspires to achieve. A friend got a job on a reality show for the Discovery Channel but decided not to take it and gave the information to McKinney. McKinney showed up in his place, and as fate would have it, ended up working for three seasons on the show “Flying Wild
      Alaska.”

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      Jared Betts | Fine Artist

    • “When you’re in school, the idea of being a practicing artist seems so far off and unattainable,” says Jared, back in Moncton, N.B., where he grew up. “So I want to say to the students who are in the middle of it that yes, being an artist is possible, but you’ve got to make opportunities for yourself.”

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      Toshiko MacAdam | Crochet Artist

    • With nylon rope as her medium, Toshiko has specialized in creating crocheted play areas for children. She did her first large commission 30 years ago for the Hakone Open Air Museum outside of Tokyo, Japan. Brightly coloured and interactive, it’s a children’s playground like no other– otherworldly, colossal, inventive, fun, and yes, beautiful.

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      John Kahrs | Animator

    • “There’s a lot of soul in the eyes of our characters and that’s because of the decisions that the artist made. The eyes are really only black discs, but they’re drawn so carefully and cleverly that the characters look alive. You’re drawn to them. And I think that’s the difference. As much as I love computer animation, I still feel there’s a place for the hand of the artist.”

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      Hangama Amiri | Fine Artist

    • “I see myself as creating activist artwork to challenge and to change and to bring hope for the women of Afghanistan,” says Hangama, 23, just back from the U.K. and en route to Lunenburg, where she is one of three NSCAD grads with the NSCAD-Lunenburg Community Studio Residency Program.

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      Saori Kawasumi Lewis | Photo Conservator

    • “I started taking pictures because everything was exotic,” she said. “About a year later, my job was really wearing me out, so I decided to do something I actually liked. I wanted to study photography, so I started looking around for schools.

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      RISD Alums Contribute to Beasts of the Southern Wild

    • The coming-of-age tale, which opened in June in limited release, is the vision of first-time director Benh Zeitlin and his New Orleans-based filmmaking collective, Court 13. Among Zeitlin’s tight-knit group of collaborators, four RISD alumni played key roles in bringing the world of Beasts to life.

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      Lee Gilmore | Sound Designer

    • Lee was part of the team led by sound editor/designer Paul N. J. Ottosson, whose efforts were recognized at the 2013 Academy Awards with the Oscar for Best Sound Editing (in a rare tie, with Skyfall). In the sound categories, the specific on-stage, statue-holding recognition goes to the supervising sound editor; Ottosson is now a three-time Oscar victor (he previously won sound mixing and sound editing for The Hurt Locker). Ottosson had previously worked with Gilmore on the apocalypse thriller 2012, and hired him again for ZDT, which turned about to be an intense, and rewarding, challenge.

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      Mitchell Sutika Sipus | Urban Planner

    • Mitchell Sutika Sipus, BFA Art Academy of Cincinnati ’04 and an alumnus of the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program ’02, is an interdisciplinary Urban Planner who now creates unique solutions to some of the world’s most difficult problems. He has conducted successful projects in Kenya, Egypt, Somalia, and Afghanistan, has spoken at Oxford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his work has been featured in WIRED magazine.

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      Joan Bruneau | Ceramic Artist

    • “It’s really important to me that my pots are used, not just looked at and pondered,” says Joan, whose show, Full Circle, is on display at the Mary E. Black Gallery. “I’m really after that connection with the audience. And, I believe that as someone continues to use a piece, it builds a history. You think, ‘Oh, the last time I took this out, we had a great dinner party.’ Or, ‘I always get this out when the entire family is gathered around the table.’”

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      Nathan Fariss | Animator & Illustrator

    • After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. degree in photo/new media in 2000, Nathan Fariss worked on sports and corporate animation projects in Kansas City before moving into feature film and visual effects. For five years he was with The Orphanage in San Francisco, and in 2008, he joined Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. Today his title at Pixar is Set Dressing Lead.

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      Paul Briggs | Story Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation

    • When he was a senior at KCAI, Paul Briggs learned from his department chair that Walt Disney Studios were accepting portfolios for an internship. The Texas native scrambled, submitted a drawing portfolio, got the job and started animating on “Mulan.” Except for stints at Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon, he has been with Disney ever since. Most recently he was story supervisor on “Frozen,” an animated feature released in fall 2013 that revolves around two sisters.

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      Rebecca Gilbert | Entrepreneur

    • Rebecca Gilbert (Pacific Northwest College of Art, BFA ##### ’97) of Stumptown Printers has been at the heart of Portland’s independent publishing scene for over a decade.

      Standing in the cavernous, 4,500-square-foot shop letterpress and print shop Stumptown Printers, the clickity-clack of presses creates an intoxicating rhythm. The oily smell of ink draws visitors in further, while the vibrant collection of posters produced by this co-operative becomes a feast for the eyes. Stumptown Printers is not your typical print shop and PNCA alumna Rebecca Gilbert, one of its founders, is not your typical entrepreneur.

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      “Question Bridge,” by CCA Alumni and Faculty, Debuts at the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier

    • On any given day we encounter dozens, even hundreds, of people who are different from us: a different race, a different gender, a different class, a different age . . . We intellectually understand that our own identity is multifaceted, yet sometimes we cannot help grouping people into stereotypes, even within what others would consider a diverse demographic.

      A team of four artists—CCA Photography faculty Chris Johnson, two CCA alumni, Hank Willis Thomas (MFA and MA Visual Criticism 2004) and Bayeté Ross Smith (MFA 2004), and Kamal Sinclair—have begun a far-reaching conversation on this topic, engaging a diverse group of African American males in a question-and-answer exchange. Their innovative trans-media project is entitled Question Bridge: Black Males, and it seeks to represent and redefine black male identity in America.

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      Supporting Syria’s Children: Lina Sergie Attar

    • When Lina Sergie Attar MArch 01 left Syria in 1998 fresh from architecture school in Aleppo, she was excited to arrive in the US and start her studies at RISD, which soon became her “first home away from home.” She had no way of knowing that 15 years later she would be turning to the RISD community and others to help with what she calls “the largest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime.”

      In the intervening years, Attar has graduated, taught architecture in the US and co-founded Karam – which means “generosity” in Arabic. Since 2011 the Chicago-based nonprofit has focused on providing humanitarian relief to Syrians – both inside the country and in neighboring areas – as she has watched with disbelief as her homeland has become hopelessly entangled in a civil war that threatens to drag on for years to come.

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    Creative Minds | Transforming Society

    Art and design is a growing sector that has a significant impact on our economy. Additionally, people who pursue a degree at a specialized school for art and design are prepared for careers in a wide range of fields. Perhaps most importantly, they are more likely to be working in careers that they find meaningful, while also pursuing their passion outside of their jobs. For all these reasons, we know that art and design degrees at AICAD schools are a great investment.

    Please view our presentation to learn more about how creative minds are transforming our society.

    Participate in the conversation on Twitter. Follow us at @AICArtDesign and #creativewrks. Share your thoughts on the value of art and design education and how it has contributed to your success!

  • AICAD is dedicated to strengthening and connecting its member schools, and therefore provides numerous benefits to students through collaborative international exchange programs, shared resources on issues such as environmental and community sustainability, and the New York Studio Residency Program.

    Art school is where creative individuals find their community and connect with a network that will support them for a lifetime.

    Upcoming AICAD Event

    2014 AICAD Symposium at CCAD

    November 6 - 9, 2014

    Make plans to join your AICAD colleagues in Columbus, Ohio as Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) proudly hosts the 2014 AICAD Symposium!

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