In the Media

Interviews with and articles about President Rosanne Somerson

  • Style Over Everything

    Style Over Everything

    99u | May 2016 | Matt McCue

    President Rosanne Somerson on carving out your own artistic voice.

  • Crafted Lives

    Crafted Lives

    American Craft | February 26, 2016 | Ellen Welty

    RISD President Rosanne Somerson, a renowned furniture maker, showcases the work of RISD in the school's President's House. 

  • Rosanne Somerson Is Crafting A Vision For RISD

    Rosanne Somerson Is Crafting A Vision For RISD

    Providence Journal | February 7, 2016 | Bill Van Siclen

    President Rosanne Somerson discusses her aspirations for RISD and the rapidly expanding role of the arts locally and in the larger economy.

  • Fall River Furniture Maker Is New RISD President

    Fall River Furniture Maker Is New RISD President

    The Herald News via Providence Journal | Alex Kuffner and Bill Van Siclen | October 19, 2015

    Rosanne Somerson was formally inaugurated as the 17th president of Rhode Island School of Design on Friday, October 9.

     

  • Inside RISD President Rosanne Somerson's Home

    Inside RISD President Rosanne Somerson's Home

    Rhode Island Monthly | October | Megan Fulweiler

    President Rosanne Somerson’s home is the quintessential design center. Just about everything in it — textiles, furnishings, art — is the work of students, faculty or alumni.

  • Inauguration by Design

    Inauguration by Design

    East Side Monthly | September 18, 2015 | Ali McGowan

    On Ocotber 9, RISD honors our new president and the creativity of our community.

  • Embrace Complexity to Innovate

    Embrace Complexity to Innovate

    Providence Business News | September 5, 2015 | Rosanne Somerson

    President Somerson discusses how art and design education teaches students to thrive in uncertainty.

  • Executive Suite: President Rosanne Somerson

    Executive Suite: President Rosanne Somerson

    Fox Providence | Ted Nesi | August 6, 2015

    President Rosanne Somerson talks about her plans as president and why RISD is about commerce and innovation as much as fine arts.

  • Best Business Ideas Come From Designers

    Best Business Ideas Come From Designers

    Associated Press | March 29, 2015 | Amy Anthony

    President Rosanne Somerson speaks with Associated Press on her new role as president and why the world needs creative thinkers.

  • 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.

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At RISD there's nothing unusual about suddenly finding a doorknob on a tree trunk, shown here across from Carr House,
the charming home of Student Life offices and the student-run Carr Haus Café.