Overseeing ten academic departments at Rhode Island School of Design, Robert Brinkerhoff is Dean of Fine Arts and Professor of Illustration. His teaching focuses primarily on illustration concepts, creative process and the synthesis of illustration, design and writing. As an illustrator, Brinkerhoff’s clients include many corporations, regional and national magazines and institutions of higher learning including The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University and Brandeis University. His editorial and corporate/institutional illustrations have been included in numerous competitions and publications, including Print and How, the University and College Designer’s Association and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He has exhibited his paintings, artist books and video work both nationally and internationally and has been awarded artist residencies in both the United States and the Republic of Ireland. From 2007-2009 he served as Chief Critic for RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome, and in 2013-14 he was mentor to the Salama Foundation Emerging Artists Fellowship Program in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates. Brinkerhoff served as Head of RISD Illustration from 2004-2007 and 2010-2015.
Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Ongoing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In the wake of recent suicides among the MIT Community, I have collaborated with MIT Medical, student leaders, the President’s office and other stakeholders on campus to illustrate a series of posters and collateral material which communicate an essential idea: mental health is an issue which affects everyone, and a strong support network within the community will make a significant difference in stress management and psychological well-being in what is admittedly a high pressure academic environment. Thus far one poster and a logo have been designed and a focus group is reviewing the campus reactions to the campaign before continuing the project, but there may be as many as 10 posters resulting from our collaborative efforts.
Brown Medical Magazine
August 2013, Editorial Illustration
Editorial illustration for an article about a woman who suffers from an unsettling physiological disorder: she compulsively swallows all manner of things—from knives and razor blades to fingernail clippers and nails—in an effort to harm herself. The title was “The Woman Who Needed A Zipper,” by Christine Montross, MD.
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