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June 6-8, 2013 | Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI

Program Schedule

Fleet Library at RISD
15 Westminster Street

Welcome Remarks & Keynote Blast
5:00 - 6:30pm
6:30 - 8:00pm

sponsored by


Chace Center at RISD Museum
20 North Main Street

Session 1 - Librarians
9:00 - 10:30am
Session 2 - Educators
10:45am - 12:15pm
Session 3 - RISD Faculty
1:45 - 3:15pm
Session 4 - Designers
3:30 - 5:00pm
5:00 - 5:30pm


Fleet Library at RISD
15 Westminster Street

Workshop for librarians
9:00am - 2:00pm

RISD Library Contacts

Carol Terry
Director of Library Services

Mark Pompelia
Visual + Material Resource Librarian

Alecia Underhill
Project Administrative Assistant


The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design is the recipient of a $50,000 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 6-8, 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 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:

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)








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