“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 RISD’s Class of 2021

Featuring work by graduate students earning their degrees this year, RISD Grad Show 2021 highlights the creativity of students at all stages of the thesis process, from sketches and drafts to completed works.

These thesis collections are featured in a digital publication that also includes links to the websites and social media accounts of dozens of recent alums. (You can also check out work by the previous class via the Grad Show 2020 digital publication.)