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.
May 16, 2019
The Ellsworth American features Adam Fisher '10 (imaging arts - computer animation), a former animator at Laika Studios.
May 15, 2019
Longtime RIT instructor John Dodd receives outstanding teaching award
John Dodd, an instructor in RIT’s College of Art and Design for more than 40 years, is the sixth recipient of the Edline M. Chun Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service. The award, named in honor of the late RIT adjunct professor Edline Chun, has been given annually since 2014 to a faculty member who exemplifies excellence and dedication in teaching to an affiliated school in the College of Art and Design.
May 14, 2019
RIT Esports competes with best colleges in the nation at ESPN Championships in Houston
A team of Hearthstone players represented RIT and joined 20 other top colleges at the first-ever ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship. RIT became one of the top four teams in the country and the three RIT student players received $7,500 in tuition scholarships.
May 13, 2019
Alumnus Chance Wright ’18 makes $3.5 million gift to RIT photo school
The gift, the largest single gift ever made to RIT’s College of Art and Design, comes from Chance Wright and his mother, Pamela Mars Wright, whose late father was the co-president of Mars Inc.