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Renée Isabel Alfonso, or Rina, as those close to her know her, graduated from the Master of Arts in Exhibition Design Program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. She specializes in exhibition and environmental graphics, and holds a particular interest in the intersections of typography and architecture.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Renée Isabel Alfonso completed two years at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines, before transferring to Sophia University, in Tokyo, Japan, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Culture with a focus in Art History. She speaks English, Filipino (Tagalog), and Japanese.
In 2009, just barely after staring graduate school, she designed the exhibition Collecting History: 125 Years of the National Philatelic Collection for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. She also interned at the Exhibition Design department of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, from September 2010 to August 2011, producing exhibition graphic layouts for installations of the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery and the popular First Ladies exhibition.
Professionally, she has completed work on the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN with Howard+Revis Design. Her other previous work experience includes a position as Environmental Graphic Designer at CannonDesign, where she worked on a variety of signage, ayfinding, and exhibition projects.
Renée Isabel Alfonso is currently the Museum Exhibitions Coordinator at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC, where she oversees all aspects of exhibition design and development.
Apart from visiting museums, designing graphics, and exploring new ideas, Rina also enjoys knitting and crocheting, and practicing kendo.
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