Global Arts and Cultures
Coming to RISD from around the world, students in Global Arts and Cultures have diverse interests that cut across faculty specializations. They develop strong interdisciplinary methodologies through in-depth historical and theoretical research that deepens their expertise across a range of academic and professional fields. Working with faculty in GAC and throughout RISD, degree candidates shape individual programs of study and discover new areas for future inquiry.
Kyung Eun Lee
Holly Gaboriault is a designer, writer and cultural producer who creates work and interdisciplinary events that generate awareness of, curiosity about and access to design and culture. A RISD alum with a BFA in Illustration, she employs storytelling as a vital thematic element of her work in art direction, curation and exhibition.
Gaboriault has produced and directed a documentary film series that explores art and community and has served on several boards of directors for nonprofit organizations; provided strategic consultation for cultural and educational organizations; and created programs and initiatives that strengthen and expand audience communities. Her research projects include a series of fashion anthropology and design books and a citywide cultural popup series. Her ongoing work explores multi-vocality and layers of process in history, design, and cultural narratives.
Elena Kalkova studied art in middle and high school, and languages and cultures in bachelor's and master's degree programs in Russia. As an educator in Moscow and Hong Kong, she has used art as a means for teaching English and ESL.
Maintaining an art practice throughout her career, in 2017 Kalkova moved to the United States to be closer to family and to pursue a graduate degree. Her research interests include human rights in Russia and worldwide, social and political artistry, contemporary public art, participatory art, education, and art and urban development.
Recently graduated from the economics program at McGill University, Lili now hopes to examine the intersection of aesthetics and media at RISD. She has previous work experience in the social media industry, with clients ranging from up and coming local restaurants to fluffy cats. In her downtime, Lili likes to dabble pigmented water on paper, an interest that came into fruition in the spring of 2019 at an independent gallery show. Enraptured by the democratic deployment of contemporary aesthetics and life, Lili is interested in pursuing opportunities and inspirations at RISD to help her share her perspective to the broader world before spiraling into a series of increasingly exasperated tweets.
Kyung Eun Lee
After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in art practice, Kyung Eun Lee worked as an educator at the Museum of Children’s Arts, researching and planning for new programs such as field trips, art parties and open studios. She has also worked at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to support public programs, contributing to the growth of innovative programs that inspire audiences and expand upon the themes of exhibition like Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey and Contemporary Muslim Fashions (November 2018–June 2019).
Through art, Lee hopes to develop a platform that serves as a center of communication and change, while also exploring methods for effective messaging.
Before beginning the Global Arts and Cultures MA program, Tiange Li worked in the art and cultural industry in China, helping to establish business cooperation between artists and art organizations and other industries, and exploring cultural communication in a global context. She worked at the Center for Soft Power Studies at Peking University and at A Poem For You, a nonprofit initiative to promote poetry in China.
In her future study, Li will explore how to integrate diverse art forms into everyday life and how to maintain the aesthetic value of works of art within the context of the commercial art market.
Chukwudi “Chuks” Nwamba is a polymath, empathic designer, and inventor who brings efficiency to processes and introduces sustainable solutions in unconventional environments. His love for global art and cultural embrace is rooted in his Igbo-Nigerian upbringing just outside of Detroit, MI. A Michigan alum, he earned his BSE in Industrial & Operations Engineering. He launched and led a touring cultural experience known as “Jerk & Jollof”, which invested capital back into the community through providing college funds for under-resourced scholars. He previously attended Parsons School of Design where he studied as an Impact Entrepreneurship Fellow with focus in the MS in Strategic Design & Management. His research interests include expressions of the future, sustainability, literacy, creative intelligence, technology, print capitalism theory, and empowerment theory.