As major selection season gets closer, we urge you to take advantage of a unique opportunity to hear some prominent RISD alumni talk about their experiences choosing a major and their lives while at RISD and after. Presented by the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies and The RISD Alumni Association, the discussions will take place Wednesday, January, 27 and Wednesday, February 3. Each night will feature a different group of alumni so be sure to attend both.
Wednesday, January 27
7:00 – 8:15 pm EST
Morgan Calderini 07 PR
Morgan Calderini surrounds herself with rather odd yet satisfying specialties: hot air balloon building, printmaking, and pie baking are all things she takes very seriously. After having received her BFA in Printmaking from RISD in 2007, Calderini chose to redefine the hierarchical printshop archetype by establishing and managing Rhode Island’s only community printshop at AS220 with a grant from AmeriCorps VISTA. In 2011 Calderini joined her spouse, Arley Torsone to found Ladyfingers Letterpress, a thriving home for their retail storefront, wholesale stationery and gift brand and all their collaborative creative endeavors.
Jon Key 13 GD
Jon(athan) Key is an artist, designer, and writer originally from Seale, Alabama. After receiving his BFA from RISD, Jon began his design career at Grey Advertising in NYC before moving on to work with such clients and institutions as HBO, Nickelodeon, The Public Theater, and the Whitney Museum. As an educator, Jon has taught at MICA, Parsons, the American University in Beirut, and was recently the Frank Stanton Chair in Graphic Design at Cooper Union. Jon is also a Co-Founder and Design Director at Codi
fy Art, a multidisciplinary collective dedicated to creating, producing, supporting, and showcasing work by artists of color, particularly women, queer, and trans artists of color.
Currently, Jon is one of the partners and co-founders of Morcos Key, a Brooklyn based design studio that focuses on visual identities and print + digital systems for arts & cultural institutions.
AT Pratt 13 IL
A. T. Pratt (‘13, IL) is an independent cartoonist and educator born, raised and living in NYC. He makes comics, zines and other works with paper that take many forms.
A. T. Pratt is a cartoonist, designer, writer, illustrator, fine artist, and self-publisher. I make comics, illustrations, and prints that take many forms. A lot of my comics and other printed work features tricks and special features such as fold-outs, pop-ups and peek-a-boos. I am also Chief Creative Officer of MrMiSocki, a sock brand that comes with comics about the characters (who are the socks). I have designed 12 socks so far and illustrated 3 comics that come with each set. I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a BFA in Illustration in 2013, and my work was included in the Society of Illustrators’ Comics and Cartoon Art Annual 3 years in a row in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Then MrMiSocki won the Silver Medal in the MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Awards of Excellence in the Special Format category in 2017. Besides MrMiSocki, I write and self-publish all of my comics, which range in subject matter from semi auto-bio stories about my dog walking day job to funny animal stories featuring my own original character Miggy Mouse. Going forward, I hope to continue to tackle words and pictures in new and exciting ways with each project I work on.
Wednesday, February 3
7:00 – 8:15 pm EST
Lois Harada 10 PR
Lois Harada is a printmaker bridging fine art and commercial printing in Providence, RI. Lois creates print editions, often in response to mass produced print material created by governments, corporations and newspapers, that are meant to be affordable and accessible to a wide audience. She also serves on the Board of New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized non-profit that offers free after school art programming for high school students and young artists.
Bryant Lui 19 IA
Bryant Lui is currently a Job Captain and Architectural Designer at Group 4 Architecture Research + Planning in South San Francisco. Bryant focuses on the design of civic spaces and is rooted around sustainable architectural design solutions that combat and reverse the effects of climate change. Additionally, Bryant also serves on the AIA Housing and Community Development Advisory Group.
Angela Guzman 06 ID/MFA 09
Angela Guzman is an award-winning UX design lead and entrepreneur based out of Silicon Valley best known for co-designing the original set of Apple emoji. Over the last decade, she has worked for Google, Airbnb, and Apple, and today she is the founder and CEO of Tijiko, her startup.