Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith and designer working in Providence, Rhode Island, where he maintains a small studio business, Bally Humanufactured, LLC. Boris has been interviewed for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and his work has earned him numerous fellowships and awards, including two RISCA Design fellowships, first prize at the International Green Dot Awards, as well as being a finalist in both the 2013 Eco Arts Awards and the 2009 International Spark Design Awards. His work has been featured in numerous publications, international exhibitions and public collections, which include London’s V&A Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Renwick Gallery and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
We are honored to have Boris as our capstone presenter. He will be speaking about the development of his studio business model and the unique ways he is able keep his business fresh and exciting. His talk will include the evolution of post-academic life over three decades, the motivation behind his branding and also the progression of his personal aesthetic that helped drive it. Boris will detail his “four prong mission”, and how it has impacted his brand and business’ survival. He will give detailed examples of his failures, successes, and how they drive each other to overcome the constant challenges of our field.