Associate Provost for Research|Global|Practice
Research Development & Grants Specialist
Co-Works Director • firstname.lastname@example.org
Brought on in 2014 to build Co-Works from the ground up, David serves as Director and leads the development of cross-departmental courses and interdisciplinary resources for making research at RISD.
After working as a cancer and genetics research scientist, David returned to school for Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UCSD and again for the Digital Media MFA at RISD. In addition to his role at Co-Works, he is a Senior Critic at Brandeis University, biomedical design consultant for the University of Michigan, and has been developing interdisciplinary art+science curricula at institutions including RISD, SVA, UCSD, and Brown for over a decade. David has also been an educational director of an art and architecture nonprofit, director of digital stage effects for a contemporary dance company, and a high school math, science, and English instructor.
David’s eclectic professional and pedagogical background supports an art practice devoted to cultivating biological, digital, and social systems as vehicles for personal catharsis, intersectional discourse, and social justice community organizing. A member of the art collective Biome Arts, David’s work and collaborations have been featured in Wired, Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Art in America. As an extension of his art practice, David has also been a curator for interdisciplinary and social justice aligned exhibitions at Brown University and the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance; most recently, he has co-curated Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration exhibited at RISD and ReShape: Mutating Systems, Bodies & Perspectives at MU Gallery in Eindhoven.
Co-Works Manager • email@example.com
Brynn received their Masters in Industrial Design at RISD, after completing degrees in Sculpture, Mathematics, and Computer Science at SUNY Purchase. They are also a consummate maker, particularly in digital fabrication, textiles, and metalwork.
Through writings, social interactions, and adornment, Brynn's work explores the tensions between identity and appearance, especially as it relates to queer identities and the bodies that carry them. They instruct courses at RISD for various departments in digital fabrication, apparel, digital embroidery, and ornamentation as they relate to intersectional identity politics.
At Co-Works, Brynn designs teaching resources and leads the training of Grad Instructors and Peer Tutors. When they're not teaching, you can find Brynn in the beyond section of Bed Bath & Beyond, snacking on the samples and chatting with the moms.