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McMillans "The Shifting Space Around Us" Exhibited at Toronto's Nuit Blanche 2014

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Associate Professor of Art Murray McMillan and Megan McMillan have created a new video and performance installation, “The Shifting Space Around Us” for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2014 on October 4. Nuit Blanche is an annual all-night  arts festival held in many cities around the world, where the city itself and its public spaces, museums, private and public art  galleries are turned into an all-night art exhibition with installations,  performances in music, film, dance, performance art, themed social gatherings, and other activities The McMillans’ Toronto project is aided by two Architecture graduate assistants Healther Gillock, M.Arch. ’15 and Marc Guzzio, M.Arch. ‘16 assisting with installation construction. McMillan’s work has been supported regularly by the RWU Foundation to Promote Scholarship and Teaching, and also through numerous engagements of SAAHP graduate assistants over several years.

AIAS Creates Park(ing) Day Space in Providence

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Park(ing) Day is a worldwide event for artists, designers, and citizens to transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. This year in Providence on September 19, 2014, 32 “parklets” were created across the city supported by the City of Providence and other sponsors, including a parklet by RWU’s American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter. Other participants included URI’s Lanscape Architecture students, Providence’s Office of Sustainability & Healthy Communities, Veri/Waterman Associates & Northeast Collaborative Architects, City of Providence Planning Department, AIA RI Emerging Professionals, Groden Center Greenhouse, DASH Bicycle, Peace Flag Project, Bananas,  Climate Anxiety Counseling, New Urban Arts, Elorza for Mayor, Fertile Underground, Classic Café, Union Studio Architecture and Community Design, Partnership for Providence Parks @ City Hall, Blick Art, NAIL, and Zipcar.

'Preservation Education' Released, Edited by Stiefel and Wells

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Preservation Education: Sharing Best Practices and Finding Common Ground, a book emerging from the September 2012 conference of the same name hosted at Roger Williams University, has been released by the University Press of New England (Hanover, NH and London). Co-editors Barry Stiefel of the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Jeremy Wells of RWU’s School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation brought together sixteen submissions from scholars from US, Brazil, Sweden, the UK, and Italy, and offer a concluding chapter. The book seeks to “address the core issues of preservation pedagogy, outcome-based education, and global issues of authenticity and significance in historic preservation.”


Silverthorne Featured in France in Retrospectives Exhibits and Book, 'The Precision of Silence'

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Professor of Art and University Core Professor Jeffrey Silverthorne’s work is being featured in two retrospective exhibitions this Fall  and Winter, first “ The Precision of Silence” from October 18, 2014-January 18, 2015, at the Musee Nicephore, Niepce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France co-produced by the museum and the Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belguim; and second at the Galerie Vu, Paris in “Jeffrey Silverthorne, Portraits: 1968-2012” from October 31, 2014 to January 10, 2015.  

The Precision of Silence is also being published by the Museu Nicephore as a 264 page book with 220 images, written by authors Francois Cheval, Jeffrey Silverthorne, and Joachim Naudts, and published in English, French and Dutch. From the introduction:

Duffy's Work Exhibited and Featured in Several Venues

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Associate Professor of Art and University Core Professor Elizabeth Duffy’s work has been featured this Fall along with 8 other artists in “Ambient Folklore” at the Worcester Center for Crafts Krikorian Gallery and included in the Boston Globe’s To Do List. A new group of Duffy’s Circle Reinforcement Drawings are featured in a recent edition of Spotte Her work for Early Bird, pencil points, erasers and graphite will be in the December 2014 issue of American Craft Magazine /



Architecture Graduates Attend M.Arch. Programs in Fall 2014

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

December 2013 and May 2014 graduates from the BS in Architecture program are attending several graduate programs across the US in Fall 2014, including Daniel Foguere at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture, Giovanna Lang at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture and Planning; Matthew Diack at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC), and Michael Laurencelle at the University of Washington. 70% of this year’s undergraduate Architecture graduating class will continue on to Roger Williams University’s Master of Architecture Program.



Checkerboard Film Foundation Donates Films on Architects to SAAHP

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

The Checkerboard Film Foundation, New York has donated 20 feature films on architecture to the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. The Foundation was established in 1979 to document, through the medium of film and video, artists who are making unique and important contributions to the American Arts.

Checkerboard Film Foundation




Roger Williams University Design Build Team Wins DBIA Northeast Regional Competition

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

The team of Construction Management and Architecture students from Roger Williams University won the 2014 Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Northeast Regional Competition. Team members include Brandon DaSilva (Team Captain) and Steve Pulver, Construction Management majors in the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management; and Marisa Bottai and Sam Froehlinger, Architecture majors from the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. The team’s submittal, entitled Fourth Dimension, has won them a place in the national competition to take place in Fall 2014. Faculty coaches where professors Gokhan Celik and Fred Gould from Construction Management and Gary Graham from Architecture.


Art on Campus Fall 2014, Features Work of Tayo Heuser in the Administration Building Foyer and the University Residence

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Tayo is a long time RWU Visual Arts Studies adjunct faculty member, whose work has been exhibited in solo shows most recently at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC, Reeves Contemporary, New York; CCNOA Project Room and H29 in Brussels, Belgium; and in group shows at URI, Newport Art Museum, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Chateau de Fernelmont, Belgium; Dieu Donne Gallery, New York; Baltimore Museum of Fine Art; the University of Wisconsin, RISD and many other venues. Art on Campus is curated by Rob Rustermier, Adjunct Faculty, who has led and c0-founded the program since its inception in 2011.

Tayo Heuser

Boston Firms designLAB, ADD Inc. are Fall 2014 Architecture Teaching Firms in Residence

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

The Fall 2014 Architecture Teaching Firms in Residence feature one returning firm and one new to the School, bringing nationally recognized practitioners to teach students in the Master of Architecture program.

designLAB, Boston is teaching an Arch 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio focusing on a particularly close collaboration with the Providence Public Library, led by Robert Miklos, FAIA, Mary Ann Upton, AIA and Jason Van Yperen. designLAB is a widely noted firm named one of the US’s top 50 architecture firms in 2011. Miklos was educated at RISD and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Upton earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University, Jason received his Master of Interior Architecture at RISD and a BA from Messiah College.