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. 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.

Workshop | Understanding Credit

February 27,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)

Financial Services invites students to learn about credit history, credit scores and credit reports.

Workshop | Repaying Student Loans

March 13,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)

Financial Services invites students to learn about student loan repayment plans, including those that are income driven; understand the difference between delinquency and default and ways to avoid both; discover when loan forgiveness is an option and when to take advantage of loan consolidation.

Exhibition | Painting seniors

February 22,
More dates through February 26, 2019
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Opening reception | Painting seniors

February 21,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Opening reception | Industrial Design seniors

February 28,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Opening reception | Graphic Design seniors

March 7,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Exhibition | Painting seniors

March 15,
More dates through March 19, 2019
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Opening reception | Painting seniors

March 14,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Visiting artist | Alejandro Cartagena

March 12,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Photography department welcomes TC Colley lecturer Alejandro Cartagena. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1977, Cartegena employs landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Rooted in the formalistic style of documentary photography, he critically examines Mexico’s drive towards economic development while contrasting a yearning for a fairer world in which to live. His 2014 series Car Poolers, which featured a bird's-eye view of workers commuting in the beds of pickup trucks, received widespread critical acclaim and was featured in The New York Times and other international publications. Archival and found pictures form the basis for his latest body of work, which explores "invisible," vulnerable people who are displaced in the midst of current political vitriol.

Visiting artist | John Edmonds

April 9,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturer John Edmonds, an artist whose practice brings together photography, fabric, video and text. Best known for projects focusing on performative gesture and self-fashioning of young black men on the streets of America, he is also known for his portraits of lovers, close friends and strangers. He has participated in residencies at Light Work, Syracuse, NY; the Center of Photography at Woodstock, NY; FABRICA: The United Colors of Benneton’s Research Center, Treviso, Italy; and The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Recent Exhibitions include Family Pictures at the Columbus Museum of Art, tête-à-tête at David Castillo Gallery, James Baldwin/Jim Brown & The Children at The Artist’s Institute, and Face to Face at the California African American Museum. A catalogue of his solo show, Anonymous, was published by Light Work in fall 2017, and his monograph, Higher, was published by Capricious Publishing in 2018. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Gary Metz Lecture Series - Daniel Gordon

April 30,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Daniel Gordon holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include: Blue Room, James Fuentes, New York (2018), Selective Color, M+B, Los Angeles (2017), New Canvas, James Fuentes, New York (2017), Hand, Select & Invert Layer, Bolte Lang, Zürich (2016), Switzerland; Shadows, Patterns, Pears, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, NL (2014); and Screen Selections and Still Lifes, Wallspace, New York, NY (2014). He has participated in several museum group exhibitions, including Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2018), Secondhand, Pier 24, San Francisco, CA (2016) Greater New York, MoMA P.S. 1, Queens, NY (2010) New Photography Series, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2009). He is the author of Spaces, Faces, Tables and Legs (OSP, 2018), Intermissions (OSP,2017), Still Life with Onions and Mackerel (OSP, 2014), and Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (Mörel, 2013), Flowers and Shadows (Onestar Press, 2011) and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). Gordon’s work has also been highlighted in several international publications including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Review, Frieze, Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, W Magazine, Art in America, Modern Painters, PHOTONEWS, Dazed & Confused, Art in America, and Flash Art. His work resides in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Guggenheim New York, The Getty, Los Angeles, Pier 24, San Francisco, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, and the VandenBroek Foundation, Lisse, NL.

Exhibition | _Scapes

February 19,
More dates through March 17, 2019
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

A curated exhibition by Zola Anderson 19 PT, Raghvi Bhatia 19 GL and Kelly Eriksen 19 GL.

RISD Global | Summer Studies in Rome

February 18,
ID Building
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class RISD in Rome: Drinking the Italian Way, Reevaluating the Vessel? Please attend this infosession led by faculty member Dana D'Amico, Industrial Design. session dates: June 6–27, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Industrial Design

RISD Global | Summer Studies in Rome

February 20,
ISB Gallery
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class RISD in Rome: Illustrating Dante's Inferno? Please attend this infosession led by Dean of Fine Arts Rob Brinkerhoff. session dates: June 29–July 20, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Illustration

RISD Global | Summer Studies in Rome

February 20,
More dates through February 27, 2019
ISB Gallery
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class RISD in Rome: Illustrating Dante's Inferno? Please attend this infosession led by Dean of Fine Arts Rob Brinkerhoff. session dates: June 29–July 20, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Illustration

RISD Global | Summer Studies in Rome

February 25,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class RISD in Rome: Drinking the Italian Way, Reevaluating the Vessel? Please attend this infosession led by faculty member Dana D'Amico, Industrial Design. session dates: June 6–27, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Industrial Design

RISD Global | Summer Studies in South Africa

February 27,
College Building
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation? Please attend this infosession led by faculty member Lucy Spelman, History, Philosophy, & the Social Sciences. session dates: June 16–July 6, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Liberal Arts Elective

RISD Global | Summer Studies in Berlin

February 27,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class Berlin: Theatre of Public Memory? Please attend this infosession led by faculty member Avishek Ganguly, Literary Arts & Studies. session dates: July 8–29, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Liberal Arts

RISD Global | Summer Studies in the Azores

February 18,
BEB (Bayard Ewing Building)
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class Azores: Walk + Work with Wood? Please attend this infosession led by faculty member Laura Briggs, Architecture. session dates: June 3–24, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Architecture/Industrial Design/Interior Architecture

RISD Global | Summer Studies in the Azores

February 21,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class Azores: Walk + Work with Wood? Please attend this infosession led by faculty member Laura Briggs, Architecture. session dates: June 3–24, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Architecture/Industrial Design/Interior Architecture

RISD Global | Summer Studies in Berlin

February 22,
College Building
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Interested in learning about the RISD Global Summer Study 2019 class Berlin: Theatre of Public Memory? Please attend this infosession led by faculty member Avishek Ganguly, Literary Arts + Studies. session dates: July 8–29, 2019 (3 weeks) 3 credits, RISD Liberal Arts

Visiting artist | Nell Irving Painter

February 27,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

RISD alumna and award-winning historian, writer and artist Nell Irvin Painter joins us for a reading and conversation about Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. Painter has written many books, including Sojourner Truth, Southern History Across the Color Line, Creating Black Americans, The History of White People and Standing at Armageddon. Her most recent book Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over is a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in Newark, NJ.

RISD Global | Off-campus semester programs infosession

February 20,
College Building
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To learn more about the European Honors Program and Global Exchange program, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. European Honors Program: http://gpp.risd.edu/ehp/ Global Exchange: http://gpp.risd.edu/exchange/

RISD Global | European Honors Program in Rome

February 28,
Design Center
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Interested in learning more about RISD's European Honors Program in Rome? Please attend one of the many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester.

RISD Global | Off-campus semester programs infosession

February 28,
Prov Wash
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To learn more about the European Honors Program and Global Exchange program, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Please feel free to bring your lunch. European Honors Program: http://gpp.risd.edu/ehp/ Global Exchange: http://gpp.risd.edu/exchange/

RISD Global | European Honors Program in Rome

March 6,
Prov Wash
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Our Spring 2019 EHP cohort will join us live remotely for a special EHP LIVE Q+A Event! Watch on Instagram Stories at @risdglobal or with us in our office. Pose questions and have them answered live by EHP students currently studying at our site in Rome. To learn more about the European Honors Program, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Please feel free to bring your lunch. European Honors Program: http://gpp.risd.edu/ehp/

RISD Global | Global exchange infosession

March 7,
Industrial Design Building
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To learn more about the semester global exchange programs, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Infosession and special Q+A with exchange alumni students from the Industrial Design department! Global Exchange: http://gpp.risd.edu/exchange/

RISD Global | Global exchange infosession

March 12,
Prov Wash
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To learn more about the global exchange programs, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Global Exchange: http://gpp.risd.edu/exchange/

RISD Global | European Honors Program in Rome

March 13,
Illustration Studies Building
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To learn more about the European Honors Program, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Special Q+A with EHP alumni from the Illustration + Industrial Design departments. European Honors Program: http://gpp.risd.edu/ehp/

RISD Global | Off-campus semester programs infosession

March 19,
Carr House
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To learn more about the European Honors Program and global exchange programs, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. European Honors Program: http://gpp.risd.edu/ehp/ Global Exchange: http://gpp.risd.edu/exchange/

RISD Global | European Honors Program in Rome

April 4,
College Building
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To learn more about the European Honors Program, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Special Q+A with EHP alumni from the Painting department! European Honors Program: http://gpp.risd.edu/ehp/

RISD Global | Off-campus semester programs

April 5,
Prov Wash
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To learn more about the European Honors Program and Global Exchange program, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Please feel free to bring your lunch. European Honors Program: http://gpp.risd.edu/ehp/ Global Exchange: http://gpp.risd.edu/exchange/

RISD Global | Global exchange infosession

April 11,
Illustration Studies Building
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To learn more about the Global Exchange programs, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Special Q+A with exchange alumni students from Graphic Design + Illustration departments! Global Exchange: http://gpp.risd.edu/exchange/

RISD Global | Global exchange infosession

April 23,
Design Center
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To learn more about the Global Exchange programs, students are invited to attend one of our many infosessions/events happening around campus throughout the semester. Global Exchange: http://gpp.risd.edu/exchange/

Exhibition | Sculpture graduate students

February 22,
More dates through March 10, 2019
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Opening reception | Sculpture graduate students

February 21,
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Awards ceremony | Baker & Whitehill artists' book contest

February 20,
Fleet Library (Main)
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Each year, Special Collections at RISD Library hosts a juried student artists' book contest to promote engagement with the book arts, investigation of the Library's artists' book collection and creative production in the book form at RISD. The contest and accompanying exhibition attract 30–50 submissions from RISD undergraduate, graduate and Continuing Education students. All of the entries are displayed in the Fleet Library. A team of RISD faculty members and professional artists serves as jurors, selecting prize winners from the submissions. All prizes are purchase awards, and the selected student-made artists' books become part of the Library's collection. This year marks the program's fifth anniversary. Please join us for the awards ceremony.

Visiting artist | Sonya Kelliher-Combs

February 25,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Office of Social Equity & Inclusion and the Painting department invite you to join us for an artist talk and conversation with Alaska-based artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs as part of our ongoing Indigenous Arts Series. Kelliher-Combs’ artwork references place, history, culture and family. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship, the Anchorage, AL Mayor’s Individual Artist Award, the Arctic Education Foundation Academic Excellence Award and the Best of Show honor at the Visual Arts Center of Alaska’s Vision of New Eyes exhibition. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the National Museum of the American Indian, Anchorage Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, British Royal Museum, Institute of American Indian Art Museum of Contemporary Native Art and Alaska State Museum.

Visiting Artist | Daniel Gordon

April 30,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturer Daniel Gordon, author of Spaces, Faces, Tables and Legs (OSP, 2018), Intermissions (OSP, 2017), Still Life with Onions and Mackerel (OSP, 2014), Still Lifes, Portraits and Parts (Mörel, 2013), Flowers and Shadows (Onestar Press, 2011) and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). Gordon earned a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include Blue Room, James Fuentes, New York (2018), Selective Color, M+B, Los Angeles (2017) and New Canvas, James Fuentes, New York (2017).

Visiting scholar | John Chen

February 18,
College Building

History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences welcomes Columbia University post-doctoral fellow Dr. John Chen, who will present a lecture entitled The Worldliest Minority: Global Histories of Muslims in Modern China. The talk is based on Chen’s first book project, which examines the transformation of Chinese Muslim (Hui) identity as empires across Asia gave way to nation-states. It shows how leading Chinese Muslims engaged extensively with modern Islamic thought from the Middle East and Indian Ocean, but also played crucial roles in China’s domestic and foreign policies toward Muslims.

Visiting scholar | Dasa Mortensen

February 21,
College Building

History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences welcomes Dr. Dasa Mortensen, who will present a lecture entitled Disruptive Narratives: The Cultural Revolution in Southwest China and the Contestation of Historical Memory. Born and raised in the Boston area, Mortensen had the opportunity to study, work and travel in Japan, Taiwan and China during and after college. These experiences living abroad, and particularly her travels in rural areas of China, inspired her to investigate how larger historical forces, attitudes and ideas shaped identities and historical narratives in China's culturally—and ethnically—diverse southwest frontier.

Visiting Designer | Richard The

February 28,
CIT
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Richard The is a designer, artist and educator. His work, ranging from graphic design to installations to user interfaces, investigates the aesthetic and cultural implications of an increasingly technology-driven society. After studying at University of the Arts Berlin and the MIT Media Lab, he worked at Sagmeister Inc., led a design group at the Google Creative Lab and co-founded the transdisciplinary design studio TheGreenEyl. The is an assistant professor of Art Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design. His work has been recognized by international design institutions such as D&AD, Art Directors Club New York, AIGA, Communication Arts, Type Director’s Club Tokyo and Ars Electronica, Linz and he has taught at NYU ITP, School of Visual Arts and MIT School of Architecture.

Visiting Designer Lecture: Chris Lee

March 14,
CIT
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chris lee is a graphic designer and educator based in buffalo, ny, and toronto, on. he is a graduate of ocadu (toronto) and the sandberg instituut (amsterdam), and has worked for “the walrus magazine,” metahaven and bruce mau design. he was also the designer and an editorial board member of the journal “scapegoat: architecture/landscape/political economy.” clients, primarily in the cultural sector, have included “cmagazine,” art museum, grunt gallery, the aga khan museum, “the new york times,” and casco art institute: working for the commons, among others. lee’s poster “sanctuary” was recently included in the permanent collection of the sf moma, and in the second edition of the compilation of political graphics: “the design of dissent.” through the genres of currency and documents, chris’ research explores graphic design’s entanglement with power, standards, and legitimacy. he has contributed projects and writing to the “decolonising design,” “journal of aesthetics & protest,” “graphic,” “volume,” and “counter signals” and has facilitated workshops in the usa, canada, scotland, the netherlands and croatia. he has lectured at the gerrit rietveld academie, artez, the sandberg instituut, the design academy eindhoven, and ocadu. chris is an assistant professor at the university at buffalo suny, and a member of the programming committee of gendai gallery and squeaky wheel. he is a graphic design research fellow of het nieuwe instituut in rotterdam (2017/18), participant of the fifth edition of the summer university of the bibliotheque kandinsky at the centre georges pompidou in paris.

Visiting Designer Lecture: Laurel Schwulst

April 4,
CIT
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Laurel Schwulst (BFA RISD 2010) is an artist, designer, and writer. She operates Beautiful Company, a design practice, and teaches at both Yale and Rutgers. She also programs and produces content with the online Left Gallery. Previously, she was creative director of The Creative Independent and worked at the New York-based design studio Linked by Air. Her book Perfume Area (Ambient Works, 2015), coauthored with Sydney Shen, contemplates thirty-six designer fragrances.

Visiting Designer Lecture: Eddie Opara

May 2,
CIT
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Eddie Opara studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as a senior designer/art director at 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2010. Opara is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design and technology. His projects have included the design of brand identity, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. His clients have included Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Grace Farms, the Menil Foundation, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum, Santander, St. Regis Hotels, the Corcoran Group, Morgan Stanley, New York University, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), Grimshaw Architects, (ARO) Architecture Research Office, Harry N. Abrams and Princeton Architectural Press. Opara has won numerous awards and his work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Opara is a senior critic at the Yale University School of Art. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Columbia University School of Architecture and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He is a member of the distinguished design society, Alliance Graphique Internationale. Opara recently authored a book, Color Works, published by Rockport.