Events

Throughout the year hundreds of renowned artists, designers, scholars and others visit RISD to speak and share their work, and many departments host annual lecture series highlighting discipline-specific topics of interest. These events are open to the entire campus community—and often the general public, too.

We also offer prospective students several opportunities to connect with RISD, including on-campus and online information sessions throughout the fall.

Exhibition | Painting department

October 21,
More dates through October 27, 2019
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Panel discussion | Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics

October 21,
ICERM, 121 South Main Street, 11th floor
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The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University invites members of the RISD community to a panel discussion exploring the different ways in which artists and mathematicians approach mathematical concepts. This week’s discussion includes Jonathan Bonner, senior critic in Experimental and Foundation Studies at RISD, and Textiles Graduate Program Director Brooks Hagan. Free and open to the public.

Visiting artist | In Conversation with Shepard Fairey

October 21,
RISD Auditorium
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RISD welcomes visiting artist and alum Shepard Fairey 92 IL in conversation with RISD Senior Lecturer Tom Roberts. Three Decades of Dissent will begin with a documentary short about the award-winning street artist and activist’s 30 years of groundbreaking work. This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat here. Also this week, Fairey is completing his 100th mural in downtown Providence, and a retrospective exhibition of his work—Facing the Giant—will be on view at Providence arts collective AS220 from October 25 through November 16.

Exhibition | Land // Fill // Land

October 22,
More dates through December 1, 2019
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

A curated exhibition by Lilla Szekely and Heather McMordie both MFA Printmaking 2020.

Visiting artist | Hugh Hayden

October 22,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Sculpture department continues its fall 2019 lecture series with a talk by Hugh Hayden, whose work investigates natural and artificial means of identification. Hayden begins with objects that inherently carry significant associations with societal categorization: race, religion, ethnicity, education, sexuality and the like. Using a rigorous process of sawing, sanding and sculpting, he combines disparate types of wood to create new composite forms that address themes of assimilation and acceptance, and metaphorically disrupt traditional American social context.

Visiting scholar | Peter Galison

October 23,
20 Washington Place

The Glass department welcomes award-winning Harvard University Professor of Physics Peter Galison, whose work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of physics: experimentation, instrumentation and theory. His film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma (2000, with Pamela Hogan) has been shown frequently on the History Channel and is widely used in courses. He has published numerous books on scientific experimentation and is currently working on Building Crashing Thinking, which will explore the back-and-forth between the self and modern technologies.

Community event | Flu clinic

October 23,
15 West (Mandle Building / Residence Hall)

Flu season is coming! Protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu shot. Students, staff and faculty are all encouraged to take part in this free walk-in clinic on campus in collaboration with Walgreens Pharmacy. Please bring your insurance card to the event. (Walgreens accepts all major insurance plans, including United Health Student Resources.)

Gail Silver Memorial Lecture | Nicole Eisenman

October 23,
RISD Auditorium
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Award-winning artist Nicole Eisenman 87 PT delivers the 43rd Gail Silver Memorial Lecture. An internationally exhibited artist, Eisenman has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship and a Carnegie Prize. Her work includes installations, drawings, animations and paintings that typically challenge cultural and social norms associated with gender, sexuality and popular culture. photo by Nathan Perkel Free. Limited seating; reservations required. Live simulcast available at the RISD Museum’s Metcalf Auditorium. Registration for Museum Members opens online on September 18. Remaining spaces available to the public on October 2.

Visiting artist | François Morelli

October 23,
20 Washington Place

Experimental and Foundation Studies welcomes François Morelli, an interdisciplinary artist from Montreal and a founder of Drawing Lab Dessin at Concordia University. who will speak about his performative drawing practice.

Student wellness event | Self-Care Fair

October 23,
Portfolio Lounge & Cafe

Join the Division of Student Affairs & RISD Dining for a night of fun, unique self-care activities while connecting with on-campus departments committed to your wellness as a student. Activities will include aromatherapy, hot stone massage, hand wax baths, tea tastings and much more! Prior to the event, from 4–7 pm, RISD Health Services will also be conducting a flu clinic open to faculty, staff and students. Please feel free to bring your RISD Health Insurance card or your employee insurance card to get your flu shot before the fair!

Visiting artist | Will Wilson

October 24,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Center for Social Equity & Inclusion welcomes visiting indigenous artist Will Wilson, who will speak about self-determination, place and culture. Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. He recently completed an exhibition and artist residency at the Denver Art Museum and is currently the King Fellow Artist in Residence at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. This talk is free and open to the public.

Halloween fun | Ewing MultiCobWeb Center

October 24,
Ewing Multicultural Center

Take a tour of the Ewing Multicultural Center followed by a scaaaary movie screening and spooky cookie-decorating party.

Opening reception | Photography grad student exhibition

October 24,
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Exhibition | Photography grad students

October 25,
More dates through November 10, 2019
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Exhibition opening | Shepard Fairey, Facing the Giant

October 25,
AS220, 233 Westminster Street, Providence

Visiting artist and alum Shepard Fairey 92 IL will follow up his October 21 talk in the RISD Auditorium with Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent, a public exhibition opening at AS220 in downtown Providence. On view through November 16, the show features 30 of Fairey’s hand-painted multiples, which will be available for purchase. The works chosen address critical topics and recurring themes in Fairey’s career, including phenomenology, self-empowerment, rebellion, abuse of power, environmental destruction, racism, gender equality, xenophobia, campaign finance reform, the military industrial complex, propaganda, war and peace, and economic imperialism.

Visiting artist | Salome Asega

October 29,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Sculpture department continues its fall 2019 lecture series with a talk by Salome Asega, an artist and researcher whose practice celebrates dissensus and multivocality. She is currently a technology fellow in the Ford Foundation's Creativity and Free Expression program; co-host of the speculative talk show Hyperorpia: 20/30 Vision on bel-air radio; and a director of POWRPLNT, a digital art collaboratory in Bushwick.

Visiting curator | Jeffrey De Blois

October 30,
20 Washington Place

The Glass department welcomes ICA curator Jeffrey De Blois, who organized The Freedom of Information portion of First Light: A Decade of Collecting at the ICA, coordinated the Boston presentation of Walid Raad (organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York) and made key contributions to Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today (February 7-May 20) and its accompanying publication. Other recent projects include organizing Caitlin Keogh and coordinating Jason Moran, which originated at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Free Rapid HIV/STI Testing

October 30,
RISD Health Services

Free anonymous testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis by APRI (AIDS Project Rhode Island). This is a walk-in event hosted by Health Services.

Exhibition opening | Industrial Design students

October 31,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Visiting artist | Amze Emmons

November 4,
Fleet Library (Main)

The Printmaking department welcomes artist Amze Emmons, associate professor of printmaking at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. With a background in drawing and printmaking, Emmons creates images that evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging and instructional manuals.

Visiting artist | EB Lewis

November 4,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum
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The Illustration department welcomes award-winning illustrator and fine artist EB Lewis, who has illustrated more than 70 children’s books, including Preaching to the Chickens, The Secret World of Walter Anderson and Talking About Bessie. Inspired by two artist uncles, Lewis began drawing in the third grade and went on to discover his medium of choice—watercolor—as an undergraduate at Temple University Tyler School of Art. He has also taught in public schools for the past 12 years, currently at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and is a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City.

Visiting artist | Guadalupe Maravilla

November 5,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Sculpture department continues its fall 2019 lecture series with a talk by Guadalupe Maravilla, who creates fictionalized performances, videos, sculptures and drawings that incorporate his pre-colonial Central American ancestry, personal mythology and autobiography. Through his multidisciplinary studio practice, Maravilla traces the history of his displacement and interrogates the parallels between pre-Columbian cultures and our border politics.

Visiting artist | Anjali Srinivasan

November 6,
20 Washington Place

The Glass department welcomes back Dubai-based artist and entrepreneur Anjali Srinivasan MFA 07 GL, who has been working with molten glass since 2000. Srinivasan began exploring emerging and innovative technologies such as sensor control, remote tracking and responsive environments in 2006, combining molten glass with these advanced digital mediums to create sculptures, installations and performances. Recent research interests include topologies of a circle, entropy, data-driven cuisine and puffy glass. Her work has been exhibited at the Chrysler Museum of Glass, Dubai Design Week, the Hangzhou International Contemporary Glass Exhibition and the Heller Gallery in NYC, among others.

Career Center event | Mindshare

November 9,
20 Washington Place

Hear how RISD alumni pursue their passions! Learn how they launch personal projects, start businesses, ignite innovation and make social impact. These TED-style talks showcase the talent, thinking and conviction that alumni tap to create truly great experiences. Share the afternoon with like-minded artists and designers. Discover new creative opportunities. Challenge your thinking and be inspired! 2019 Speakers: Nicholas Scappaticci 00 ID CEO & Founder of Tellart Yelitsa Jean-Charles 16 IL CEO & Founder of Healthy Roots Dolls Andre Herrero BArch '12 Principal at Charlap Hyman & Herrero Adam Charlap Hyman 11 FD Principal at Charlap Hyman & Herrero Sarah Durham 92 IL CEO at Big Duck Emily Collins 08 FAV Partner & Head of Production at Mighty Oak Michaela Olsen 09 FAV Partner & Creative Director at Mighty Oak Anna Schuleit Haber 98 PT Fine Artist Free for the RISD Community Register through EventBright

Panel discussion | Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics

November 11,
ICERM, 121 South Main Street, 11th floor
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The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University invites members of the RISD community to a panel discussion exploring the different ways in which artists and mathematicians approach mathematical concepts. This week’s discussion includes Architecture Graduate Program Director Carl Lostritto. Free and open to the public.

Visiting scholar | Mark Jarzombek

November 14,
20 Washington Place

Global Arts and Cultures welcomes scholar Mark Jarzombek, who will explore the consequences of the erasure of chieftain societies, which were wiped out when European colonists rose to prominence hundreds of years ago. Built on the bedrock of clans and family units, the chieftain world that so prospered across the globe from the end of the first millennium CE is for all practical purposes gone. Jarzombek will consider not only our ability to understand how we got to our rapacious present, but also how we can imagine different collective futures. At stake is not just the problem of our general positioning in the contemporary world, but also the question of how we understand architecture in the global present.

Exhibition opening | Interior Architecture grad students

November 14,
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Visiting photographer | Aïda Muluneh

November 14,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Photography department welcomes TC Colley lecturer Aïda Muluneh. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1974, Muluneh majored in film at Howard University in Washington, DC. She is the founder of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa, which was launched in 2010. Her work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, and she continues to develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DFA PLC in Addis Ababa.

Exhibition | Interior Architecture grad students

November 15,
More dates through December 4, 2019
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Visiting artist | Teresita Fernández

November 15,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Glass department and Division of Fine Arts welcome New York-based visual artist Teresita Fernández, best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Her work, often inspired by natural wonders—meteor showers, the aurora borealis, cloud formations, fire and the night sky—invites an individualized experience of the work and the space it occupies. Fernández places particular importance in her choice of medium, playing with the limitations of materials and employing gold, graphite and other minerals that have complicated histories often tied to colonialism.

Visiting artist | Judy Hecker

November 18,
Fleet Library (Main)

The Printmaking department welcomes artist Judy Hecker, director of the International Print Center in NYC. The flagship nonprofit arts institution is dedicated to the innovative presentation of prints by emerging, established, national and international artists. IPCNY’s artist-centered approach engages the medium in all its varied potential and includes guest-curated exhibitions as well as a lively array of public programming.

Visiting artist | Matthew Day Perez

November 20,
20 Washington Place

The Glass department welcomes sculptor Matthew Day Perez MFA 10 GL. Continuously experimenting with the potential of combining, subverting and exploiting materials, Perez works with a diverse set of media: glass, printed matter, digital media and installation. He has earned many awards including a Fulbright, the John Rena National Endowments for the Arts Scholarship, a US State Department Grant for new works and a Lois Roth Grant as well as residencies at The Corning Museum of Glass, The Creative Glass Center of America and Pilchuck Glass School. He has lectured at academic/creative institutions both domestically and abroad and exhibited his work in the US, Australia, Asia and New Zealand.

Furniture Department | Opening reception

November 21,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Furniture Department | Exhibition

November 22,
More dates through December 11, 2019
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Visiting artist | Denis Do

December 2,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Film/Animation/Video department welcomes French-born filmmaker Denis Do, creator of the animated drama Funan about a Cambodian woman searching for her child, who was taken by the Khmer Rouge. The film won the top prize at the Annecy festival last year and was released in the US in June. Do began his career as a layout artist on features such as Long Way North (2015), a storyboard artist on the series Rabbids Invasion (2013) and a set designer on Zombillenium (2017). The screening will be preceded by a lobby reception.

The Use of Black / The Absence of Color-Theories I Opening reception

December 5,
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

A curated exhibition by Sarah O'Brien MFA Ceramics 2020.

The Use of Black / The Absence of Color-Theories | Exhibition

December 6,
More dates through January 19, 2020
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

A curated exhibition by Sarah O'Brien MFA Ceramics 2020.

Free Rapid HIV/STI Testing

December 9,
RISD Health Services

Free anonymous testing for HIV, Hepatitis C and Syphilis by APRI (AIDS Project Rhode Island). This is a walk-in event hosted by Health Services.

(RE) POSITION | Opening reception

January 23,
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

A curated exhibition by Namrata Dhore B. Arch. 2021, Jisu Yang B. Arch. 2021 and Cherry Yang B. Arch. 2020.

(RE) POSITION | Exhibition

January 24,
More dates through March 1, 2020
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

A curated exhibition by Namrata Dhore B. Arch. 2021, Jisu Yang B. Arch. 2021 and Cherry Yang B. Arch. 2020.