Grad community events and 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, 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

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

Webinars archive

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.


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.


Graduate Studies x RISD Research

In this session Director of RISD Research Soul Brown discusses fellowship opportunities, research sponsorships, grant guidelines, RFPs and best practices for winning awards and research support. This webinar will help graduate students prepare for the upcoming Graduate Commons Grant cycle this spring as well as many other funding opportunities RISD Research can help you explore.

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 to the conversation.

Events calendar highlights

Visiting artist | Alina Perez

Wednesday, May 18,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

RISD’s Painting department welcomes artist and RISD alum Alina Perez 17 PT. She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2017 and has attended residencies at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, the OxBow School of Art in Michigan and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work was recently exhibited at the Taubman Museum of Art, Virginia; Atlanta Contemporary, Georgia; Deli Gallery, New York; Arcadia Missa, London; Rachel Uffner, New York; and Company Gallery, New York.

This event will also be livestreamed.

Reading/Preparation Day

Thursday, May 19

No Classes, Exams or Crits Held

Incredible Print Sale-MAY 20th

Friday, May 20,
Frasier Terrace

Printmaking will hold a print sale on Frazier Terrace! Rain date is May 20. Venmo only.  RAIN DATE IS BEING USED.

Visiting curator | Jessica S. Hong

Tuesday, May 24,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

RISD’s Painting department welcomes Jessica S. Hong, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Toledo Museum of Art. Hong has dedicated her practice to highlighting overlooked narratives and revealing and shifting the colonial frame of institutional sites to ultimately implement long-lasting change. She has written editorials and articles for BOMB Magazine, New England Museums Now, the Hood Museum, ICA/Boston, SculptureCenter and Dartmouth publications and has lectured at a wide range of academic institutions, including Emerson College, Dartmouth College, Maryland College of Art and NYU.

This event will also be live-streamed via Zoom.

Student conversation | Community Engagement

Tuesday, May 24,
RISD Museum Common Room

Students discuss community engagement approaches and collaboration.

Be part of a conversation with RISD students about  community engagement experiences at RISD. Building on the ideas of empowerment and participation, the gathering is designed to be a collaborative space where students who are interested in community engagement can come together to share and learn about experiences of connecting creative practice with community individually and collectively. Dinner will be served. There is limited seating. Email to rsvp.

Visiting artist | Yasaman Alipour

Wednesday, May 25,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

RISD’s Painting department welcomes Iranian artist/writer/folder Yasaman Alipour, who currently lives in Brooklyn and wonders about paper, politics and performance. She is a teacher at Columbia University and SVA and is currently a resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio program. She also serves as a guest editor for the Brooklyn Rail.

FAV film festival | Junior Show

Wednesday, May 25,
More dates through May 26, 2022
RISD Auditorium

The RISD community is invited to the FAV Junior Show, running from May 25–26 at 7 pm.

Exhibition | Grad Show 2022

Thursday, May 26,
More dates through June 4, 2022
Rhode Island Convention Center

Returning to the Rhode Island Convention Center for the first time since 2019, RISD’s annual Grad Show exhibition features work by graduate students in all disciplines: Architecture, Ceramics, Design Engineering, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Global Arts and Cultures, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and Textiles. The show is free and open to the public daily from 12–5 pm (10 am–6 pm on June 4, the day of RISD’s Commencement), with a public opening reception on May 25 from 6–8 pm.

Residence Halls Close

Saturday, May 28,

Residence Halls Remain Open for Students Scheduled to Graduate

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30

Offices and Library Closed

Spring 2022 Conferral Date

Saturday, June 4

RISD Commencement

Saturday, June 4,
Dunkin’ Donuts Center

On Saturday, June 4, doors open at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 8 am for this year’s Commencement ceremony. The processional begins at 9 am. Seating is first-come, first-serve unless you have made an accessibility request. Please remind your student to request tickets for the ceremony if they have not already done so.

Looking for other activities of interest on June 4? Immediately following the Commencement ceremony at noon, we will hold a community reception on campus in Market Square. In addition, RISD Craft will take place from 10 am–4 pm on Benefit Street. Finally, we'll end the night with a special Waterfire lighting, which kicks off at dusk (8 pm in June) and runs until about 10–11 pm.

Alumni art sale I RISD Craft

Saturday, June 4,

More info

We're excited to invite people to campus for RISD's annual juried sale, RISD Craft, featuring handmade fine art and design work by close to 130 alumni. Viewers have the opportunity to engage with makers while finding unique gifts and one-of-a-kind items at this outdoor sale, which runs for one day only on Providence's historic Benefit Street. RISD Craft is free and open to the public and takes place rain or shine (under a tent if the forecast warrants it). The spring sale will coincide with Commencement and Reunion Weekend. For more information, visit our website,


Junteenth (Observed)

Monday, June 20

Offices and Library Closed

Independence Day

Monday, July 4

Offices and Library Closed; Degree Program Classes Held as Determined by Programs Individually

Summer 2022 Degree Conferral Date

Wednesday, August 31

Fall 2022 Web Registration Closes

Sunday, September 4


Tuesday, September 6

RISD Weekend (Through Oct. 9)

Friday, October 7

Inauguration of President Crystal Williams - No Degree Program Classes Held

Friday, October 7

Additional Details Forthcoming

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 10

No Degree Program Classes Held ; Offices and Library Closed

Fall 2022 Mid-Semester

Wednesday, October 19

Veterans Day - Degree Program Classes Held

Friday, November 11

Offices and Library Open

Residence Halls Remain Open

Thursday, November 24

Thanksgiving (No Classes Held Wednesday 11/23 - Friday 11/25)

Thursday, November 24

Offices and Library Closed 11/24 - 11/25

Brown University Classes End

Monday, December 12

Fall 2022 Final Day of the Semester

Wednesday, December 14

Fall 2022 Degree Conferral Date

Wednesday, December 14

New Year's Day (Observed)

Monday, January 2

Offices and Library Closed

Wintersession 2023 Classes Begin

Thursday, January 5

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No Degree Program Classes Held

Monday, January 16

Offices and Library Closed

Fall 2022 Incomplete Grade Deadline

Wednesday, February 1

President's Day - Degree Program Classes Held

Monday, February 20

Offices and Library Open

Spring Recess Begins for Degree Programs (Through Mar.31)

Monday, March 27

Residence Halls Remain Open

Spring 2023 Mid-Semester

Wednesday, April 5