In the Media

Interviews with and articles about President Rosanne Somerson

  • Rosanne Somerson Named 17th President of RISD

    Rosanne Somerson Named 17th President of RISD

    Contract Magazine | Mallory Szczepanski | February 19, 2015

    The Rhode Island School of Design has named furniture designer, former provost, and educator Rosanne Somerson as its 17th president.

  • Interim President Somerson Named RISD President

    Interim President Somerson Named RISD President

    Providence Business News | February 18, 2015 | Patricia Daddona

    Rhode Island School of Design has named its interim president, Rosanne Somerson, to lead the institution following a nine-month, global presidential search.

  • RISD Welcomes a New President

    RISD Welcomes a New President

    Core77 | February 18, 2015

    Rhode Island School of Design announced the appointment of their 17th president, Rosanne Somerson.

  • Rosanne Somerson Named RISD President

    Rosanne Somerson Named RISD President

    The New York Times | February 18, 2015 | Julie Lasky

    After a nine-month search that involved more than 100 candidates, RISD announced Rosanne Somerson has been named its 17th president.

  • Furnishing the RISD President's House

    Furnishing the RISD President's House

    The New York Times | February 11, 2015 | Julie Lasky

    Take a tour of RISD's president's house with President Rosanne Somerson, featuring the work of many talented alums, faculty + students.

  • A One-on-One With RISD President Rosanne Somerson

    A One-on-One With RISD President Rosanne Somerson

     Merida Off the Loom | December 2, 2014

    President Rosanne Somerson discusses that companies like Merida are invaluable in helping to revitalizing our strong tradition of craftsmanship in America

  • Design Week to Highlight Innovation And Its Value to R.I. Economy

    Design Week to Highlight Innovation And Its Value to R.I. Economy

    Providence Journal | September 10, 2014 | Kate Bramson

    DESIGNxRI will highlight opportunities in Rhode Island for manufacturers to work with young designers and artists and prototype future products.

    Interim President Rosanne Somerson and RISD sees school sees Design Week as a “great chance to engage with a diverse community.”

  • Art Offers Manufacturing Fresh Perspectives

    Art Offers Manufacturing Fresh Perspectives

    Financial Times | June 17, 2014 | Rose Jacobs

    Amy Bernhardt [95 PR] will soon launch Colorfast, a state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facility for designing and producing digitally printed textiles.

     Says Rosanne Somerson, RISD's Interim President, the ability to step back from a process and rethink it entirely often requires an artist's mind. "Artists and designers don't just solve problems, they reframe questions," she says.

  • Art and Love at Brockton's Fuller Museum

    Art and Love at Brockton's Fuller Museum

    The Boston Globe | January 30, 2014 | Robert Knox

    Interim President Rosanne Somerson recently exhibited at “Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State” and during the closing reception she spoke on "Designing the Future."

  • Local Literature

    Local Literature

    The Providence Phoenix | December 11, 2013 | Phil Eil

    A look at local literature including, The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice. Edited by Interim President Rosanne Somerson and Mara L. Hermano.

  • RISD Provost Named Interim President

    RISD Provost Named Interim President

    Providence Journal | December 9, 2013

    RISD’s Board of Trustees announces Provost Rosanne Somerson 76 ID will serve as interim president, beginning January 1, 2014.

  • Design is a Critical Element to Manufacturing Innovation

    Design is a Critical Element to Manufacturing Innovation

    Providence Business News | October 14, 2013 | Rosanne Somerson and John Maeda

    In a new book, The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice, RISD faculty and staff explore hands-on practice, enhanced seeing and perception, and contextualized understanding – all elements of “critical making.”

  • The Art of Critical Making

    The Art of Critical Making

    Art & Education | September 24, 2013

    In The Art of Critical Making, published by Wiley and Sons, RISD faculty and staff illuminate how RISD nurtures creative practice, from initial spark to finished outcome.

  • Rosanne Somerson

    Rosanne Somerson

    Woodworking.com | June 1, 2012 | Michael Dresdner

    A profile on Somerson’s education and career 

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The façade of the Chace Center, a new multipurpose hub that opened
in 2008, offers an interesting contrast to the historic campus
buildings that surround it.