“Materials Education and Research in Art and Design:
New Roles for Libraries”

“Materials Education and Research in Art and Design:
New Roles for Libraries”

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Cathy & Stephen Graham Material Resource Center, Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design. Photo by David O’Connor.
May 30, 2013
“Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: New Roles for Libraries”

June 6–8, 2013

Thursday, June 6:
Chase Center, RISD Museum
20 N. Main St.
Providence, RI

Friday & Saturday:
Fleet Library, RISD
15 Westminster St.
Providence, RI

T 401 709 5935
[email protected]


The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design is the recipient of a 50,000 USD National Forum Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) to hold a symposium titled “Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries.” From June 6 to 8, 2013, this unprecedented summit will convene international stakeholders, including artists, architects and designers, educators, researchers and librarians, to focus on the resources and documentation that are required to prepare art and design students for knowledgeable, responsible, and innovative use of materials in their professional work. Participants, including designers in the field, will speak to the current practical and expansive needs for information about materials; in addition faculty now teaching in art and design institutions will articulate the support they need to develop and collect material knowledge and share it to their students. Librarians in the process of building collections and databases of material samples will also be on hand to speak to the issues they have encountered. Respondents and other participants from the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) schools with materials collections, as well as faculty and librarians from these and other AICAD schools and university art and architecture programs at non-AICAD institutions will attend the forum. The symposium includes an evening keynote and reception, a day of sessions, and a half-day workshop. A white paper will serve as a record of the symposium and a guiding resource for the creation and development of materials collections.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
–Billie Faircloth, Research Director at KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia
–Liat Margolis, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Toronto
–Chris Lefteri, Design Materials Specialist at Chris Lefteri Design Ltd., London
–Rosanne Somerson, Furniture Maker and Provost at Rhode Island School of Design

Confirmed designers/firms:
–Stephen Lane, Ximedica
–Nader Tehrani, NADAA
–Mike Taylor, Steelcase
–Fiona Anastas, Material ConneXion

Participating and sponsored schools:
–Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
–California College of Arts (San Francisco)
–Columbus College of Art & Design (Columbus, OH)
–College for Creative Studies (Detroit)
–Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver)
–Harvard University (Cambridge)
–Holon Design Museum (Israel)
–Kent State University (Kent, OH)
–Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore)
–Ontario College of Art & Design University (Toronto)
–Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles)
–Pratt Institute (Brooklyn)
–Rhode Island School of Design (Providence)
–School of Visual Arts (New York City)
–School of the Art Institute of Chicago
–Syracuse University
–University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
–University of Texas at Austin
–University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
–University of the Arts (Philadelphia)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.

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