abdelghani alnahawi is a Palestinian practising artist who enjoys finding found objects.
Agustina Markez is an Argentine immigrant artist, currently based in Providence, RI. She received a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Art in Art History at SUNY Purchase. She is currently an MFA Sculpture candidate at Rhode Island School of Design. Her works in installation, sculpture, video, film and performance examine the way technology, constructed environments and her home can merge.
Alana Perino was born in 1988 and grew up in New York City, the North Fork of Long Island, and the stretch of highway between the two. They studied European Intellectual History and Photography at Wesleyan University, where their questions concerning the nature of belonging were only further problematized. After working as a photojournalist in the Israeli-Palestinian territories, skeptical of the privileged nature of their stay, Alana returned to the United States. They lived in California for eight years, crisscrossing the country to photograph "American" heritage sites. In the summer of 2021 they returned to the East Coast to photograph the people and places that raised them. Alana resides on the unceded land of the Pokanoket, Wampanoag and Narragansett in Providence, Rhode Island where they are currently pursuing an MFA at RISD. They are still searching for home.
Anique Jordan is an artist, writer and curator looking to answer the question of possibility in everything she creates. Jordan works in photography, sculpture and performance often employing the theory of hauntology to create what she calls “impossible images.” She has shown in projects at the NYC Armory, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario, the inaugural Black Biennial at RISD and at the Bamako Biennial in Mali. She has received numerous national awards and fellowships and in 2021 was recognized by the Silver List as one of 47 extraordinary photographers to watch. Jordan is currently an MFA candidate in the photography program at RISD.
Carson Evans is a designer based in Providence, Rhode Island, specializing in motion and digital work. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she holds a BA in Humanities from Yale University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Previously she worked as the RISD Museum’s Digital Media Fellow.
Chloe Kaylor is an artist and maker from North Carolina. After receiving her BFA from Western Carolina University in 2021, she relocated to Providence, Rhode Island where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Kaylor’s work centers around observations of the human experience as it evolves under capitalism. Through her own experience as an “unskilled laborer,” she aims to engage in dialogues surrounding class identity, labor politics, and the mechanization of humanity.
Zhang Daiqing was born in 1998 and grew up in Beijing, China. Zhang received her BA from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, China. Now she is pursuing MFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design, US. Zhang’s works span installation, sculpture, video, and performance. She sees herself as an experiencer, showing her appreciation and response towards life, body, and identity through art practice. Having a background in glass, craft making to Zhang is not only interested in technique, but also in familiarizing herself with the properties of materials, and utilizing them conceptually. She believes a strong work must come from an appropriate composition of ideas, materials, and techniques. Zhang’s interests in space, and atmosphere permeate her work. By making body-scaled objects, and engaging physical spaces and perception in her work, she creates places for beholders to be immersed and engaged. Zhang’s works are used for expressing feelings and experiences that exceed language. Zhang’s interest in phenomenology informs her dedication to perceptual experience in her work.
Dougal Henken is a graphic designer currently working in Providence. They got their BFA in Design / Media Arts at University of California Los Angeles in 2011 and are currently working on an MFA in Graphic Design at RISD. Their work crosses a number of design fields including brand development, UX/UI, animation, editorial, filmmaking, and design research, all exploring “organic design systems,” specifically how different populations represent concepts of identity by using and remixing aesthetic systems of design already in the world.
Ebony L. Haynes
Ebony L. Haynes is a writer and curator from Toronto. She is based in New York, where she is a director at David Zwirner and runs the gallery’s new space 52 Walker in TriBeCa. Haynes has previously held positions as visiting curator and critic at Yale School of Art in the Painting and Printmaking department, and director at Martos Gallery and Shoot The Lobster NY & LA. Haynes sits on the boards of Artists Space, the New Art Dealers Alliance, and Cassandra Press. She also runs an online “school” that offers free professional practice classes to black students worldwide.
Ingrid Schmaedecke is an architect and designer from Curitiba, Brazil, currently a candidate in the Graphic Design MFA at RISD. She's worked on multiple interior, exhibition and editorial design projects for cultural institutions in Brazil and in the United States.
Jamil Fatti is an artist and registered landscape architect currently pursuing an MFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. His recent work explores themes of belonging, love, longing and impermanence, informed by literature, philosophy, and personal experience. He uses photography to reconstitute fragments from the external world into scenes that reflect subjective inner realities.
Jeremy Radtke is the Assistant Director, Digital Initiatives at the RISD Museum.
Jiaying Wang (b. China, 1998) is an artist working primarily in sculpture, installation and video. She received a BSc in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2020 and is currently pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. Her art practice explores the themes of home and cultural displacement as well as relationship between interior and domestic spaces. She is interested in the intangibility and transient nature of human, architectural and site memories. By considering objects on their own terms, she seeks to produce a sensory archive of growth, choice, compromise and loss to explore how these phenomena could be read, decoded and repositioned in time.
Jody Graf is a curator and writer based in New York. She is an Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1, where she has worked on exhibitions including Greater New York 2021; Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life (2021); Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (2020); Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011 (2019); and Sue Coe: Graphic Resistance (2018), among others. She is the curator of Life Between Buildings, a group exhibition opening at MoMA PS1 in June 2022. She additionally curated the 2021 Parsons MFA Thesis show, and has worked as an independent curator on numerous projects. Her writing has been featured in publications including Texte Zur Kunst, Frieze, Mousse, CURA, and The Exhibitionist. She received her BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, and her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Lara Kim is an interdisciplinary artist born in the Pacific Northwest, USA. They currently live and work on colonized Narragansett land (Providence, RI). They earned a BFA in Sculpture at the University of Oregon and are currently an MFA candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Scott Vander Veen is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Providence, Rhode Island while he pursues an MFA in painting at Rhode Island School of Design. He received his undergraduate degree from Bard College, where he studied literature and studio art. He has also been a studio apprentice at Dieu Donné papermill and completed the Core Fellowship program at the Penland School of Craft. Vander Veen’s approach to art-making is omnivorous in its methods and utilizes materials such as paper, crayons, latex, canvas, twist-ties, glue, grommets, paint, and zippers. In his studio, process and materiality act as transistors to the voyeuristic impulse of image creation. He is interested in resisting the subordination of the phenomenological to the metaphorical and, to this end, takes a hybrid approach to material. His recent work troubles hierarchical relationships of image to matter and proposes presence and physicality. Transgressing the boundaries of surface, his paintings are oriented towards touch, substance, and abstraction.
Serena Ho is a first year MFA candidate of the RISD Graphic Design MFA program. She received her BA in political science from Columbia University and worked as a visual designer at IBM, with a focus on UI/UX, prior to coming to RISD. She is interested in the intersection of technology and design.