Alumni In The News - March

She studied art at Cornish but Colleen Atwood has gone on to become one of Hollywood's best known costume designers, receiving her fourth Oscar in 2017. Several other Cornish artists and designers were in the news in late February and March.

Ria Brodell '02 has a show opening March 3 at Gallery Kayafas in Boston, Ria Brodell: Butch Heroes. It is on view till April 8. The popular series, which is to appear soon in a limited run book, is made up of small portraits is presented in the format of the Catholic Holy Card. "I have chosen the term Butch because of its dual nature," writes Brodell, "it has been slung as an insult and used as a congratulatory recognition of strength. It has a history within the LGBTQI community and is familiar to the cisgender, heterosexual community."

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center near Aspen, CO, has opened its Artistic Directors Exhibition, which includes work by Liz Ferrill '00, who is, as it follows, an artistic director of the organization: "This exhibition reveals the current inquiries and influences of Anderson Ranch's four Artistic Directors." The center writes of Ferrill, who holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, "The use of the stencil resonates deeply within the content of her work, flickering between the beauty found in pattern and a kind of disorienting hypnotic realism."

Alumna Colleen Atwood, who studied painting at Cornish in the early 1970s, won her fourth Academy Award for her costume designs for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2017. Atwood has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design twelve times. She previously won for the films Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

A graduate of Cornish in design, Jose Torres '08 came home to talk to students about his work on Feb 21. Under his nom-d'artiste, Tony Taj, he created his most recent series, Prior Art, which integrates drawing, painting, graffiti, 3D digital printing and digital output from VR applications. He is often featured in business publications including Forbes and Wired and is a speaker at technology conferences where he shares how his training as an artist helps him address the creative challenges that arise both in his technology business and his art.