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HGA’s Convergence 2014 Providence Special Events


Wednesday, July 18

All That Jazz Runway Fashion Show

7:30-8:30 p.m, Rhode Island Convention Center

Convergence 2014 Providence presents a spectacular runway fashion show featuring wearable art selected from fiber artists from around the world. Jurors Bradon McDonald and Noël Palomo-Lovinski will present awards after the show. Small Expressions 2014 Juror Gerhardt Knodel will present Small Expressions awards.


Thursday, July 17

Featured Speaker—John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

8:00a.m - 9:00 a.m, Rhode Island Convention Center Leaders think STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is the way to innovate. We need to add Art to turn STEM into STEAM.

In the current moment of economic uncertainty, every economy is taking stock and once again turning to innovation as the silver bullet that will guide us forward. Yet in the eyes of many leaders, innovation seems tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—the STEM subjects. Maeda posits that we need to add Art to turn STEM into STEAM. Through his experiences aspresident of the USs leading art and design college, Maeda argues that the critical thinking, critical making and creative leadership which is embodied at RISD can lead us to an enlightened form of innovation where art, design, technology, and business meet. He shares lessons from his journey as an artist-technologist-professor turned president to reveal a new model of leadership for the nextgeneration of leaders.

John Maeda is a leader who imagines how design can simplify technology and help leaders respond to new challenges in the era of social media. His work as a graphic designer, computer scientist, artist and educator earned him the distinction of being named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire. In June 2008, Maeda became president of Rhode Island School of Design, and in late 2012, Business Insider named RISD the #1 design school in the world. At RISD, Maeda is leading the movement to transform STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM by adding Art. Called the Steve Jobs of academia by Forbes, he believes art and design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century like science and technology did in the last century.

Maeda previously served as associate director of research at the MIT Media Lab. He serves on the boards of Sonos, Quirky, and Wieden+Kennedy, and on the Davos World Economic Forums Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. His books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, and Redesigning Leadership, which expands on his Twitter feed at @johnmaeda, one of TIME Magazines 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012. Maeda received the AIGA Medal in 2010 and his work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.


Craig Nutt, CERF+

 Friday, July 18

Klaatu Barada Nikto: Saving Your Career from Alien Invasions and Other Disasters

Breakfast Conversation with Craig Nutt, CERF+

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m., Rhode Island Convention Center

Knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency can make all the difference, whether the emergency is as exotic as an alien invader or as mundane as a broken pipe. CERF+ Director of Programs (and practicing craft artist) Craig Nutt will offer tips and tools for protecting your art, your studio, and career from emergencies, including alien invasions.

Breakfast included.


Friday, July 18

R. B. Burnham & Company Native Auctions Presents a Navajo Rug Auction

Auction Preview 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Auction at 5:30 p.m., Rhode Island Convention Center

The R.B. Burnham & Company family has been trading with the native people of the Four Corners area for five generations and are noted for their encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo textiles. Come browse the gallery prior to the auction for the finest in Navajo rugs, basketry and other items.

Proceeds benefit individual artists and  HGA’s Fiber Trust.

Admission to the preview and the auction is free.


Images: John Maeda, courtesy of RISD Office of the President
Craig Nutt, courtesy of Craft Emergency Relief Fund CERF+
Navajo Rug Auction, courtesy of R.B. Burnham & Company.