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. Open to the entire campus community—and often the general public, too—these talks, performances, openings and other special events offer insights into the world of contemporary practice and can inspire students to push their work in new directions.

Exhibition | The Creative Marriage of Words and Images

August 23,
More dates through October 18, 2019
Illustration Studies Building (ISB)
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The ISB Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by alumni SooJin Buzelli 96 IL and Chris Buzelli 95 IL, including finished paintings and published pieces, along with sketches and preliminary designs that reveal the collaborative process behind the Buzellis’ extraordinary creative output. SooJin is a world-renowned art director who commissions hundreds of illustrations each year, and Chris is an award-winning illustrator known for his distinctive work.

Exhibition | I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

September 3,
More dates through September 29, 2019
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Selections from the graduate class of 2020

Design Science Symposium

September 20,
More dates through September 22, 2019
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab at RISD, Fleet Library at RISD and Synergetics Collaborative are pleased to announce the 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature, an event exploring multiple approaches to sustainable/nature-inspired making, community development, and other work that facilitates a holistic relationship with nature and natural systems. Free to members of the RISD community, this three-day event will question preconceived notions of human-nature relationships, sustainability and innovation via presentations, breakout sessions, workshops and keynotes by architect Mariam Kamara of atelier masōmī and Sustainability Labs founder Michael Ben-Eli. Please register in advance.

RISDxMOSS: Game Changers

September 28,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)
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Interactive event: 2–4pm Reception: 4–5:30pm Limited spots available - register now! Waitlisted registrants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. “When you look at something in a new way, it becomes something else.” —Murray Moss Umbrella Chair (1995) - by Gaetano Pesce RISD Senior Presidential Advisors Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell, creators of Moss, the legendary and influential design gallery which during its 18 years changed the way design is perceived, will host an interactive runway exhibition of 30+ objects chosen from their personal archive of both celebrated design artifacts as well as rare prototypes and relatively unknown experimental works. Assembled exclusively for RISD and on view for this one-day event only, these diverse objects highlight exceptional critical thinking, bold speculation and ground-breaking experimentation. Each object challenges the familiar and re-conceptualizes the ordinary. Collectively, the exhibition, and the open discussion led by Moss and Getchell, are intended to stimulate the imagination and nurture future game changers yet unidentified. Zig Zag Chair from "Where There's Smoke..." (2004) - by Maarten Baas Murray Moss is the founder of MOSS design store and gallery, and co-founder, with Franklin Getchell, of the design consultancy Moss Bureau. Inducted into Interior Design’s Hall of Fame, Moss has received numerous awards including the Chrysler Design Award and House Beautiful’s Giants of Design Award. He has curated many influential exhibitions at venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Collective Design Fair, New York and the Warhol Foundation, Pittsburgh. Moss has authored three books: Georg Jensen Reflections, (Rizzoli, 2014), Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years (Rizzoli, 2013) and Tertium Quid, August Editions (2013), and co-authored with Getchell Please Do Not Touch (Rizzoli, 2018). He has lectured widely at institutions including the Cooper–Hewitt National Design Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts, Harvard University, Yale University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Sackler Gallery, Hammer Museum and Beijing Center for the Arts. He has served on the boards of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA). Franklin Getchell is co-founder of Moss Bureau, longtime business partner at Moss, and former producer, director and television programmer. His work includes six years as producer for the series Sesame Street. Getchell has received many distinguished international honors for his work in television and broadcast, including a Peabody Award, the Japan Prize, a Christopher Award and an Emmy. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has studied at Columbia University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. His published work includes Please Do Not Touch (Rizzoli, 2018), co-authored with Murray Moss. Long Neck and Groove Bottles (2000) - by Hella Jongerius

Opening reception | Digital + Media exhibition

October 3,
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Exhibition | Digital + Media

October 4,
More dates through October 20, 2019
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Opening reception | Painting department exhibition

October 10,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Exhibition | Painting department

October 11,
More dates through October 27, 2019
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Exhibition opening | Land // Fill // Land

October 17,
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

Please join us for a group exhibition curated by Lilla Szekely MFA 20 PR and Heather McMordie MFA 20 PR..

Exhibition | Land // Fill // Land

October 18,
More dates through December 1, 2019
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

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

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

Industrial Design Department | Opening reception

October 31,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Interior Architecture Graduate Students | Opening reception

November 14,
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Interior Architecture Graduate Students | Exhibition

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

Furniture Department | Opening reception

November 21,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Furniture Department | Exhibition

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

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.

(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.