Kirin J. Makker is Associate Professor of Art and Architecture at Hobart William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She holds graduate degrees in literary studies, architecture, and regional planning. Her scholarship examines American vernacular planning and landscape history; her current work examines the history of small town Main Street as a social, physical and economic space. Also a practicing artist, she maintains an interdisciplinary creative practice, working in bespoke sewn products and clothing, drawing and watercolor, metalsmithing and artisan jewelry, letterpress and printmaking, book arts, and public arts advocacy. She teaches undergraduate studio courses in drawing and visual analysis, watercolor sketching, and beginning design, as well as seminars on space and power. She has published and exhibited her work at conferences, symposia, and other national and international venues.
The Womb Chair Speaks draws partially on her personal history with the pelvic inflammatory disease endometriosis.
Abigail M. Frederick is a rising junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges majoring in architectural studies and minoring in urban studies and writing pedagogy.
Outside of her studies in architecture and design, Abigail is interested in journalism and creative writing. She is the Managing Editor of the HWS Herald, a Co-Editor of Thel Literary Arts Magazine, and a Writing Fellow. She is also an avid painter and a classical pianist.
Abigail recently spent a month in Leipzig, Germany, studying German at the University of Leipzig and filling a sketchbook with urban drawings from her explorations throughout the city.
With a growing interest in women's health, she is honored to be working on the Womb Chair Speaks project, using art and design to cultivate discussion and amplify a new narrative about the womb. Abigail's summer research assistantship was supported by the Pressman Funds for Internships in Architectural Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
E. Ainsley Rhodes is a rising senior Architectural Studies major, Sustainable Community Development and Studio Art double minor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
On campus, Ainsley is active within the Art+Architecture Department as the president of the Arts+Design Collective. She also participates in broader movements concerning issues surrounding social justice, being at the forefront of the mobilization of the Spring 2018 Walkout, a community-wide strike for equality on International Women’s Day.
In her free time, you might find Ainsley enjoying a bike ride or a run, practicing her on-site sketching skills, or spending time with her beloved mini-lop rabbit, Fleur.
Ainsley finds passion when exploring the ways in which art and design can be used to bridge the gap that social injustice and stratification provokes.
Although she began to explore the professional realm of design through an internship at an architecture firm last summer in Washington D.C., she is happy to be staying in Geneva, NY this summer to both engage with the Geneva community as well as work on bringing women’s health to life with the transformation of the Womb Chair. Ainsley's summer research assistantship was supported by the Pressman Funds for Internships in Architectural Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.