Grad community events + webinars

Throughout the year Graduate Studies hosts webinars and virtual events that bring together the graduate student community and connect them to the wide variety of resources available at RISD—both on campus and online. Virtual exhibition openings, artist talks and social events are complemented by sessions focused on essential academic services, career guidance and other forms of support to help ensure student success at RISD and after graduation.

Students may find others of interest on RISD’s events calendar and on involved.risd.edu, and we also offer prospective students several opportunities to connect with RISD, including on-campus and online information sessions throughout the fall.

If you have questions about upcoming events, please email gradstudies@risd.edu.

Note: You will need to sign into Zoom using your RISD credentials to access most events below.

Webinars archive

RISD Museum x Grad Studies: Multidisciplinary Museum Experiences

This informal discussion session offers insight into RISD Museum initiatives and projects and about how graduate students can engage with the museum. Bring observations and questions from your own digital exploration of risdmuseum.org to the conversation.

Grad Show 2020 artist talk: Gonzalo Nunez Galetto, Digital + Media


In this artist talk, recent graduate Gonzalo Nunez Galetto MFA 20 DM discusses thesis work currently on view in Grad Show 2020.

Grad Show 2020 artist talk: T Deutch, Architecture


In this artist talk, recent graduate T Deutch MArch 20 discusses thesis work currently on view in Grad Show 2020.

Grad Show 2020 artist talk: Kate Pincus-Whitney, Painting



In this artist talk, recent graduate Kate Pincus-Whitney MFA 20 PT discusses thesis work currently on view in Grad Show 2020.

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Grad Show 2020 artist talk: Tongji Philip Qian, Printmaking



In this artist talk, recent graduate Tongji Philip Qian MFA 20 PR discusses thesis work currently on view in Grad Show 2020.

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Events calendar highlights

Exhibition | Brown/RISD dual degree students

Thursday, January 28,
More dates through April 8, 2021
Brown University, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

The Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program invites you to visit Undoing: The Thirteenth Annual Brown/RISD Dual Degree Exhibition now on display in the Cohen Gallery in the Brown Granoff Center for the Creative Arts through April 8, 2021. The theme and title “undoing” invited student artists to consider change and transformation along with progression and regression. The unique display of suspended artworks, solely visible through the encasement of the gallery windows, offers an opportunity to contemplate how art is viewed and how time and setting reinforce or undo the exemplification of the viewed object. Viewers are welcome at all times of day and night but may find that overcast days and evening allow for clearest viewing.

Nature Lab series | Regeneration with Shey Rivera Ríos

Thursday, January 28,

Join us on for the fourth Regeneration session with Shey Rivera Ríos, an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist and arts administrator working at the intersection of creative practice, urban planning and racial equity in their community and beyond. Moderated by the Nature Lab’s Operations and Engagement Coordinator, Dora Mugerwa, this conversation will explore a range of questions: How do we ensure and maintain a sense of belonging within the connective worlds of art/design, nature and culture? What can creative practices and visual work teach us about environmental justice and regenerating through community?

This session is co-sponsored by RISD's Center for Social Equity & Inclusion.

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Online exhibition | Mapping the Unjust City

Thursday, January 28,
More dates through March 31, 2021

The Architecture department invites the RISD community to explore Mapping the Unjust City, an online exhibition focused on property and ownership in Stockholm, Sweden. After decades of deregulation, Swedish infrastructure has changed dramatically with privatization and gentrification polarizing cities across the Nordic country. This collective project explores how maps and infographics help people visualize ownership and resist global corporatization. It concludes the Architecture department’s fall Systems of Architecture lecture series, which focused on systems of power at work throughout the built environment. Questions? Email 2021-lectures-and-exhibitions@risd.edu.

RISD Research | Grant Seeking for Grad Students

Thursday, January 28,

Grad students are invited to join Director of RISD Research Soul Brown for a session focused on locating grant and fellowship opportunities, approaching various types of sponsors appropriately, reading between the lines of grant guidelines and RFPs and other best practices for winning awards. Prepare to apply to the upcoming Graduate Commons Grant cycle this spring as well as the many other funding opportunities RISD Research can help you explore.

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RISD Careers | Business Planning for Artists & Designers - Art of Business

Thursday, January 28,

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Having a roadmap for your art as a business frees up brain space and allows you to focus on your creative work. Business planning doesn't have to be scary; and this workshop with Sarah Guerette—director of the Women’s Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc.—will break it down into easily digestible areas for consideration. Consider such questions as How am I creating value for my customers? Who are the key partners I'll need to make this work? You'll walk away with the tools to develop your own canvas and the confidence and encouragement to take some initial steps into the world of business planning. 

Sarah Guerette directs the Women’s Business Center at CEI focusing on women-owned businesses. Originally from Bangor, Maine, Sarah has worked with small business owners both in Boston and Ecuador, where she lived for nearly five years. Sarah is a business counselor who specializes in small businesses and artist-run enterprises. She runs a workshop for artists that will cover the fundamentals of running an arts-based business, equipping participants with the skills needed to develop a personalized business plan. Most suitable for commercial and craft-based artists. https://www.mainesbdc.org/advisor/sarah-guerette/

Students can register through ArtWorks

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Zoom link will be sent to those who register, 24 hours prior to event.

Career Resources for First Year Students

Monday, February 1,

Be ready for future internships, jobs, exhibitions, awards and more. At this talk, you will learn how to start exploring career paths, begin developing your professional materials, find internships and professional opportunities, and discover how to connect with alumni and creative professionals. Whether you know exactly what you want your career to look like or have no idea, this talk will help you get started on the right path. You'll be inspired to take the next steps in exploring the numerous professional paths available to artists and designers! Students can RSVP through ArtWorks!

RISD Careers | Creating Your Portfolio & Demo Reel

Tuesday, February 2,

Portfolios and demo reels are influential in earning an internship, job, exhibition or freelance work. Learn the ideal methods to curate and present your work to make a bold first impression and to stand out against the competition. Have you ever wondered what employers, potential clients or fine art organizations want to see? We'll share insights from renowned creatives and recruiters who are seeking RISD talent. Whether you're just starting out or looking for fresh ideas to display your work online or in person (when things are back to normal), you will come away from this program with a clear strategy and inspiration.

Students can RSVP through ArtWorks.

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Zoom link will be sent to those who register, 24 hours prior to event.

RISD Careers | Taxes for Artists & Creative Freelancers - Art of Business

Thursday, February 4,

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What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? How do I deduct my home studio? Why do freelancers have to pay taxes quarterly, and how do I do that? These are some of the questions we’ll be discussing with Hannah Cole, a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A longtime working artist with a high-level exhibition history and a tax and money columnist for the art blog Hyperallergic, Cole understands the financial challenges freelancers and small creative businesses face. She will discuss the basic tax equation, self employment tax and the estimated quarterly tax system, audit concerns for the creative person and other tax issues specifically relevant to artists, designers and makers.

Students can register through ArtWorks.

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Zoom link will be sent to those who register, 24 hours prior to event.

RISD Careers | Networking

Tuesday, February 9,

Networking is a vital part of a successful creative career, but often artists and designers are uncertain how to start building professional connections. The good news is that networking doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. In this session, we'll explore what networking truly is about. We'll answer questions like: Why is networking valuable? What are the best networking resources available? How can you maintain networking connections over time? We'll explore key tools like LinkedIn, Instagram and the new RISD Network platform. We'll also discuss what to say when you reach out to professionals and how to engage in effective networking conversations.

Students can RSVP through ArtWorks.

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Zoom link will be sent to those who register, 24 hours prior to event.

RISD Careers | Marketing for Artists & Designers - Art of Business

Thursday, February 11,

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RISD Careers welcomes artist Jessica Burko 96 PH, who will share marketing basics that allow artists and designers to promote their work in manageable ways. She’ll review branding concepts, how to begin a marketing plan and what marketing materials are most important for you to develop as you create a path to your own success.

Burko has been an exhibiting artist since 1985 and is currently program manager/curator for the Photographic Resource Center, Boston. She has curated more than 30 exhibitions since 2000, including STITCH, which was featured in the 2018 Curatorial Opportunities Program at New Art Center, Newton, MA. 

Students can register through ArtWorks.

Dial-In Information

Zoom link will be sent to those who register, 24 hours prior to event.

AICAD presentation | Paul Sproll

Thursday, February 18,

Professor Paul Sproll, head of RISD’s Teaching + Learning in Art + Design department, co-presents a talk at AICAD’s all-virtual annual conference with Pratt Institute’s Aileen Wilson on prospective low-income and first-generation college students interested in pursuing an arts education. The Association of Independent Colleges of Art + Design (AICAD) is a consortium of 42 top non-profit independent colleges of art and design in the US and Canada. 

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Liberal Arts lecture | Shalanda Baker

Wednesday, March 17,

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The Liberal Arts division and Nature-Culture-Sustainability department invite the RISD community to a talk by renewable energy expert Shalanda Baker, author of Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition. In it Baker arms those made most vulnerable by our current energy system with the tools they need to remake the system in service of their humanity. She argues that people of color, poor people and Indigenous people must engage in the creation of the new energy system in order to upend the unequal power dynamics of the current system. 

Shalanda H. Baker is the deputy director for energy justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the US Department of Energy. Prior to her appointment, she was a professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She has spent over a decade conducting research on the equity dimensions of the global transition away from fossil fuel energy to cleaner energy resources. She is the author of more than a dozen articles, book chapters and essays on renewable energy law, energy justice, energy policy and renewable energy development. She is cofounder and codirector of the Initiative for Energy Justice (www.iejusa.org), an organization committed to providing technical law and policy support to communities on the frontlines of climate change. 

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Liberal Arts lecture | Ian Madrigal

Thursday, March 25,

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The Liberal Arts division and Nature-Culture-Sustainability department invite the RISD community to a talk by creative activist and political strategist Ian Madrigal on "Cause"-Play: Create Activism to Dismantle Corporate Power and White Supremacy. Madrigal is behind the viral Monopoly Man appearances in Congress and the shaming of Trump DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant. They are also an attorney, organizer and writer focused on racial and economic justice, trans/queer rights and radical democratic reform. They are currently working with a Black and Indigenous femme-led team to build a national movement for truth, reconciliation and reparations in the US. Madgrigal is a graduate of UCLA Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy with a Critical Race Studies specialization. Their original analysis of historical and legal links between corporate privilege and white supremacy entitled Corporations are (White) People was published in the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice in 2015. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, HBO, The Today Show, Fox News, NPR and many more. 

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