New Faces at FBP – Toots Zynsky, Board President

We want to give a warm welcome to some people joining the organization for the first time, as well as a few people moving into new positions. We’ll start today with our new Board President, a dear friend of FBP for many years. Later, you’ll get a chance to meet our new Director of Development, the new trainees and we’ll finish with a special faculty announcement!

Toots Zynsky
Toots Zynsky

Toots Zynsky, FBP Board President

A long-time friend and Board member, Toots Zynsky is taking over for outgoing President Don Wineberg, whose leadership over the past three years has been invaluable. Toots’ creative energy and passion for the arts has made her an invaluable asset to both the board and the company, and those assets make her the ideal person to lead FBP into our 36th year.

Known internationally as one of the most innovative voices in the American Studio Glass Movement, Toots was born in Boston, and raised in Massachusetts. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1973. Her works can be seen in major international museum and public collections throughout the world. Zynsky’s deep appreciation and love of music, dance and textiles have been important life long influences in the development and evolution of her work and career.

In addition to receiving two National Endowment for the Arts grants, Zynsky is the recipient of a Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, and is a former Trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Toots collaborated with Viktor Plotnikov and other artists last season in an incredible feat of design, dance, and artistry. Her contributions as costume designer of ORCHIS were invaluable and – in the end – resoundingly successful. Below, photos of the cast of Orchis in Zynsky’s designs.

"The Orchis" on center stage. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
“The Orchis” on center stage. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Zynsky Costume Designs
The Cast of Orchis in Zynsky’s unitard designs.

Below, a short documentary by NetWorks Project featuring Toots and her incredible artistic talents.

Video courtesy of NetWorks Project and AS220

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