Well known textile artist Karl Laurell, graduated from the School for American Craftsmen at RIT in 1950. He ran the Plymouth Colony Farms weaving shops before striking out on his own as a freelance designer and textile consultant. He was commissioned to weave fabrics for New York's Cloisters and exhibited in the MoMa's 1950 “Design for Use." He joined the School for American Craftsmen in 1953, with a national reputation firmly in place. He left RIT in 1957.