“For me art is not just an impulse to make aesthetically pleasing objects. It has been from the very beginning an instinct to think and imagine.”
—Shahzia Sikander MFA 95 PT/PR

A global community of innovators and changemakers

Alumni of our graduate programs join an extraordinary network of artists, designers, architects, scholars, teachers, entrepreneurs, public intellectuals and community leaders who are making an impact through critically informed creative practices. Living all over the world, alumni express through their work the intense commitment to art and design that is so central to graduate study here. Natural allies with shared passions, they are critical thinkers and makers dedicated to transforming the world.

See thesis work by the class of 2023

In celebrating the collective accomplishments of this year’s graduating class, RISD Grad Show 2023 invites viewers to experience an expansive range of exploratory work by emerging artists and designers. The culmination of extensive research, experimentation, critical thinking and production, the works on view represent each student’s experience in RISD’s dynamic and diverse graduate programs.