RISD Hosts Annual Athena Awards Gala at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Honoring Excellence in Art + Design

Apr 11, 2008, 01:00 ET from Rhode Island School of Design

    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last night, Rhode Island
 School of Design (RISD) honored achievement in the arts by presenting
 distinguished service awards to outstanding individuals in the world of art
 and design, and to corporate leaders who promote design excellence, support
 the arts and/or exemplify business innovation at its annual Athena Awards
 gala.
 
 
 
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080411/DC19225 )
 
 
 
     Kurt Andersen, author and host/co-creator of the arts-focused radio
 program Studio 360 on NPR, hosted the event in the Martha Stewart Living
 Omnimedia offices in New York City.
 
 
 
     2008 RISD Athena Awards Honorees + Presenters Included:
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Alumni Achievement: Mark Pollack - presented by
 Martha Stewart
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Excellence in Design: James Carpenter - presented
 by Jenny Holzer
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design: Ayse Birsel -
 presented by Carol Catalano
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Excellence in Fine Art: Roni Horn - presented by
 Jan Howard, RISD Museum of Art
 
 
 
     -- RISD/Target Emerging Artist Award in Partnership with surface
 Magazine + $25,000 cash prize, sponsored by Target Corporation: Meejin Yoon
 - presented by Minda Gralnek, vice president/creative director, Target
 
 
 
     -- The 2008 Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf Award for Lifetime Achievement:
 RISD president Roger Mandle and his wife, Gayle Mandle - presented by Clare
 + Vartan Gregorian
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Arts Patronage: Chris Anderson - presented by Jon
 Kamen, RISD Trustee
 
 
 
 
 
     ***EVENT PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST***
 
 
 
 
 
     For full bios of recipients, visit: http://www.risd.edu/risd_awards.cfm
 
 
 
 
 
     About Rhode Island School of Design
 
     Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned a worldwide reputation
 as the preeminent art and design college in the country. Today, with more
 than 22,000 alumni, the college enrolls roughly 1,900 undergraduates and
 400 graduate students from the United States and almost 50 countries,
 offering degree programs in the fine arts, architecture, and design
 disciplines, and art education. Academic programs include research and
 design initiatives, the exploration of art criticism and contemporary
 cultural concerns, as well as international exchange programs. Each year,
 RISD hosts prominent and accomplished artists, critics, and authors to its
 campus. Included within the college is The RISD Museum of Art, which houses
 a world-class collection of art objects from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and
 Rome and art of all periods from Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as
 the latest in contemporary art. For more information go to www.risd.edu.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Rhode Island School of Design
    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last night, Rhode Island
 School of Design (RISD) honored achievement in the arts by presenting
 distinguished service awards to outstanding individuals in the world of art
 and design, and to corporate leaders who promote design excellence, support
 the arts and/or exemplify business innovation at its annual Athena Awards
 gala.
 
 
 
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080411/DC19225 )
 
 
 
     Kurt Andersen, author and host/co-creator of the arts-focused radio
 program Studio 360 on NPR, hosted the event in the Martha Stewart Living
 Omnimedia offices in New York City.
 
 
 
     2008 RISD Athena Awards Honorees + Presenters Included:
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Alumni Achievement: Mark Pollack - presented by
 Martha Stewart
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Excellence in Design: James Carpenter - presented
 by Jenny Holzer
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design: Ayse Birsel -
 presented by Carol Catalano
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Excellence in Fine Art: Roni Horn - presented by
 Jan Howard, RISD Museum of Art
 
 
 
     -- RISD/Target Emerging Artist Award in Partnership with surface
 Magazine + $25,000 cash prize, sponsored by Target Corporation: Meejin Yoon
 - presented by Minda Gralnek, vice president/creative director, Target
 
 
 
     -- The 2008 Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf Award for Lifetime Achievement:
 RISD president Roger Mandle and his wife, Gayle Mandle - presented by Clare
 + Vartan Gregorian
 
 
 
     -- Athena Award for Arts Patronage: Chris Anderson - presented by Jon
 Kamen, RISD Trustee
 
 
 
 
 
     ***EVENT PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST***
 
 
 
 
 
     For full bios of recipients, visit: http://www.risd.edu/risd_awards.cfm
 
 
 
 
 
     About Rhode Island School of Design
 
     Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned a worldwide reputation
 as the preeminent art and design college in the country. Today, with more
 than 22,000 alumni, the college enrolls roughly 1,900 undergraduates and
 400 graduate students from the United States and almost 50 countries,
 offering degree programs in the fine arts, architecture, and design
 disciplines, and art education. Academic programs include research and
 design initiatives, the exploration of art criticism and contemporary
 cultural concerns, as well as international exchange programs. Each year,
 RISD hosts prominent and accomplished artists, critics, and authors to its
 campus. Included within the college is The RISD Museum of Art, which houses
 a world-class collection of art objects from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and
 Rome and art of all periods from Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as
 the latest in contemporary art. For more information go to www.risd.edu.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 SOURCE Rhode Island School of Design