Alston adds to impressive body of work with photo for ESPN
What is the result of a top celebrity portrait photographer and one of the NFL’s best running backs working together? A cover of ESPN The Magazine’s 2017 Body Issue.
Portrait extraordinaire Kwaku Alston — a 1994 School of Photographic Arts and Sciences alumnus — took the photo of Dallas Cowboys star tailback Ezekiel Elliott that landed on one of the nine fronts of the popular annual edition that was released July 6 (pictured right). In a blog post, Alston wrote that Elliott was receptive to his creative concepts during the photoshoot.
Elliott, just 21 years old, emerged as a top impact player in the NFL last season, when he rushed for a league-leading 1,631 yards as a rookie.
Elliott is the latest in a long line of famous people Alston has worked with. The RIT graduate has taken powerful portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama, Nelson Mandela, Kevin Hart and Denzel Washington, among many others. His works have been published in a number of esteemed publications.
Alston was honored at RIT’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards.
July 15, 2019
Craft activism in the Trump Era on exhibit in ‘Crafting Democracy’
Handcrafted pussyhats, subversive embroidery (“resist”), protest banners and quilts are among the politically charged textiles inspired by the rise of President Donald Trump, and they are the focus of a new exhibit and catalog curated by two RIT professors.
July 11, 2019
Glass graduate part of new Netflix series
A new Netflix glassblowing reality series features an RIT alumna as an expert glassmaker. Blown Away, which begins airing July 12 on the streaming platform, follows a group of 10 highly skilled glassmakers who compete in challenges in 10 episodes. Catherine Ayers ’06 (glass) is one of six Corning Museum of Glass experts who assists the two finalists in the last challenge.
July 9, 2019
Gender diversity guide aimed at helping faculty learn more about gender
Assistant Professor Alan Smerbeck is working with Q Center director Chris Hinesley on an updated edition of Gender Diversity: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty, which is set to come out in spring 2020. Originally published in 2016, the guide is meant to serve as a base-level reference book for learning about gender diversity, labels and pronouns, and the do’s and don’ts of talking about gender identities.
July 8, 2019
Tiger tees off — RIT alumnus is golf’s biggest hitter
RIT alumnus Ryan Steenberg ’17 MFA (medical illustration) can drive a golf ball the length of nearly five football fields. Steenberg, the No. 1-ranked long drive hitter in the world, will represent his hometown July 20 to 24 in the “ROC City Rumble,” part of World Long Drive’s 2019 Tour.