Faculty Member Named University of Rhode Island’s First Visiting Artist
This spring SAIC faculty member Frances Whitehead (Sculpture) will join students and faculty at the University of Rhode Island (URI) as the institution’s first-ever Distinguished Visiting Artist. “This project is different from what people normally think of as a visiting artist coming to campus. Frances Whitehead will be developing a long-term relationship with URI faculty and students across the University—in the process of creating a new, site-specific work in Rhode Island,” says artist and URI professor Sheri Wills. “She is an unusual artist who works with scientists, engineers and city planners to contribute an artist's perspective to solving the biggest problems of our times.” Whitehead will collaborate with the URI community on a project focusing on art and design concepts in relation to coastline resiliency. Read more about Frances Whitehead and her work as Lead Designer for Chicago’s 606 on SAIC's Highlights page.