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

Health Services initiative | RISD Sunny Spots

November 27
More dates through November 30, 2020

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Shorter days, colder weather and reduced hours of sunlight can leave anyone feeling melancholy, irritable or tired during these winter months. To combat these feelings, commonly known as “winter blues,” studies have found that increased light exposure is associated with higher levels of the hormone serotonin. Click here to see all of RISD's sunny spots!

Exhibition | Apparel Design Triennial

November 27,
More dates through December 13, 2020
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Due to COVID-19, RISD’s student galleries are open only to RISD students, faculty and staff, who must present a RISD ID at time of visit.

Exhibition | Painting Graduate Biennial

November 27,
More dates through December 13, 2020
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

NOT MY FIRST RODEO Due to COVID-19, RISD’s student galleries are open only to RISD students, faculty and staff, who must present a RISD ID at time of visit.

Online exhibition | Mapping the Unjust City

November 27,
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.

Faculty presentation | Leora Maltz-Leca

November 30,

The Provost’s Office welcomes the RISD community to a talk by Theory + History of Art + Design Professor Leora Maltz-Leca. The series was launched this fall to celebrate the work and expertise of recently promoted full professors. Maltz-Leca teaches and writes about contemporary art. She is particularly interested in how artists from the postcolonies and the global south are reshaping late modernism by refusing its most cherished assumptions, its hierarchies and its dogmas.

RISD Museum | TRANSMISSIONS video program

November 30,

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The RISD Museum is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the US. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Charan Singh (India/UK) and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda). TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on November 30 at 6 pm EST as part of a special online screening event hosted by Visual AIDS and supported by the RISD Museum. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists will follow the screening. Free Register

Faculty presentation | Deborah Zlotsky

December 1,

The Provost’s Office welcomes the RISD community to a talk by Experimental and Foundation Studies Professor Deborah Zlotsky. The series was launched this fall to celebrate the work and expertise of recently promoted full professors. Zlotsky is a 2019 Guggenheim fellow and a 2012 and 2018 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Painting. She is represented by Markel Fine Arts in New York and Robischon Gallery in Denver, and her drawings are in the curated flat files of Pierogi Gallery in New York

Faculty presentation | Susan Doyle

December 1,

The Provost’s Office welcomes the RISD community to a talk by Illustration Professor Susan Doyle 81 IL/MFA 98 PT/PR. The series was launched this fall to celebrate the work and expertise of recently promoted full professors. Having spent a good deal of her professional life involved in both design and fine art, Doyle is particularly interested in the tension between how something is conceived and how it is perceived. She is editor of the landmark publication History of Illustration (Fairchild Books-Bloomsbury, 2018), the only textbook to date on the subject.​

Alumni panel discussion | RISD in Tech

December 1,

Join the RISD in Tech alumni affinity group for for a panel discussion on product design. Hear from RISD alumni and others in the industry about product design, current innovations and how to navigate a career in tech. Speakers include Jonathan Arena 09 GD and Michael Neff 04 PH, co-leaders of the RISD in Tech alumni affinity group. Additional speakers to be announced. Hosted by the RISD in Tech alumni affinity group.

Alumni event | Black alumni panel discussion

December 2,

Join RISD’s new affinity group for Black alumni for a virtual panel discussion. Black RISD alumni will discuss their RISD and post-RISD experiences in a variety of creative industries. Listen in, ask questions and find mentorship and connection in the Black art and design community. The conversation will be moderated by affinity group leader Vincent Brathwaite 05 ID and feature Dustin Bolton 04 FAV, Alison Croney Moses 06 FD and Jensin Okunishi 10 TX.