Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

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The Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery and the Dryfoos Gallery for new media within it make student work accessible to museum visitors and the general public in RISD’s Chace Center.

All students — undergraduates and graduates in any major — are invited to submit individual or team proposals for group exhibitions in either gallery. The director of exhibitions reviews proposals along with an oversight committee that includes representatives from the Student Gallery Board. Once the concept for an exhibition is approved, each student curator or team works with the gallery staff to select the work, design the exhibition, prepare supporting written material, hang the show, publicize it and plan the opening.


Current Exhibition: 



Upcoming Exhibitions:

New Contemporaries: Selected works from the class of 2017  
July 1-October 8, 2017, no opening reception
Curated by: Mark Moscone  

Past Exhibitions:

Our America, Critical Perspectives on Americana
April 28-June 4, 2017, Opening reception April 27, 6-8pm
Curated by: Aaron Simmons MID 18 ID and Anna McNeary MFA 18 PR  

March 17-April 23, 2017, Opening reception March 16, 6-8pm
Curated by: Anina Major MFA 17 CR and Vanessa Nieto Romero MFA 17 PR

Vertical Horizons

February 18-March 12, 2017, Opening reception February 23, 6-8pm
Curated by: Rachel Arena BFA 17 FAV, Maria Ferreira BFA 17 FAV/GD and Jack Gray BFA 17 FAV 

December 2-February 5, 2017, Opening reception December 1, 2016, 6-8pm
Curated by: Cem Eskinazi MFA 17 GD and Drew Litowitz MFA 17 GD 

Intimacy queered

October 14-November 27, 2016, Opening reception October 13, 2016, 6-8pm 

Curated by: Yannik Stevens BFA 17 SC and Leah Aegerter BFA 17 SC  

Curated by: Mark Moscone

(Please note there will be no opening reception for this exhibition)

Better Again
April 22-June 5, 2016, Opening reception April 21, 2016, 6-8pm
Curated by: Julia Wright BFA 16 TX
Please note gallery hours will be 12pm-5pm on June 4th and 5th 
January 22-March 20, 2016, Opening reception January 21, 2016, 6-8pm
Cuarted by: Thalassa Raasch MFA 16 PH and Nick Missel MFA 16 SC  

Image Landscapes: New Readings in Art, Design, and Architecture
October 30, 2015-January 17, 2016, Opening reception October 29, 2015, 6-8pm
Curated by: Lisa J. Maione MFA 16 GD and Elizabeth Leeper MFA 17 GD

New Contemporaries: Selected works from the class of 2015
July 3-October 21, 2015, no opening reception
Curated by: Mark Moscone

Expanded Field: Traversing the Archeology of Gender
May 8-31, 2015, Opening reception May 7, 2015, 6-8pm
Curated by: García Sinclair BFA 15 SC, Nafis White BFA 15 SC, Nicholas Fernandez BFA 16 SC

Fever Dream  
April 3-May 3, 2015, Opening reception April 2, 2015, 6-8pm
Curated by: Rosalind Breen MFA 16 PT, Kate Aitchison MFA 16 PR and Maggie Hazen MFA 16 SC

Faculty Biennial 2015
February 20-March 22, 2015, Opening reception February 19, 2015, 6-8pm

December 5, 2014-February 1, 2015, Opening reception December 4, 2014, 6-8pm
Curated by: Kelly Walters MFA 15 GD and Tia Blassingame MFA 15 PR 
(Please Note: The exhibition will run over Winter break and will be closed December 13, 2014 - January 4, 2015)

Pale Firework  
October 17-November 30, 2014, Opening reception October 16, 2014, 6-8pm
Curated by: Mo Kong MFA 15 DM and Mengyu Chen MFA 15 DM 

New Contemporaries: Selected works from the class of 2014 
June 28-October 12, 2014, no opening reception
Curated by: Mark Moscone 

Reading Room 
April 4-June 1, 2014, Opening reception April 3, 2014, 6-8pm
Curated by: Seojung Min MFA 14 PR and Wangui Maina MFA 14 PR

50/50 : artist/context
February 7-March 30, 2014, Opening reception Feb 6, 2014, 6-8pm
Curated by:Chloe Lee MFA 14 GD and Minkyoung Kim MFA 15 GD

Under the Influence  
November 1, 2013-January 2, 2014, Opening reception Oct 31, 2013, 6-8pm
Curated by: Janet Shih MFA 14 DM and Chihao Yo MFA 14 DM  

September 20-October 27, 2013, Opening reception Sept 19, 2013, 6-8pm 
Curated by: Steven Pestanan MFA 14 DM 

New Contemporaries: Selected works from the class of 2013
July 2-September 15, 2013
Curated by: Mark Moscone

The Home Show 
May 3-June 2, 2013, Opening reception May 2, 2013, 6-8pm 
Curated by:S. Louise Neal BFA 13 SC

Body: Talk
April 5-28, 2013, Opening reception April 4, 2013, 6-8pm
Curated by:Namwoo Bae MFA 13 DM and Ahrong Kim MFA 13 CR

2013 RISD Faculty Biennial  
February 22-March 17, 2013, Opening reception February 21, 6-8pm 

More and More, More Is More
January 11-February 3, 2013, Opening reception January 10, 6-8pm
Curated by: Lisa Iaboni MFA 13 DM and Elizabeth Rossiter MFA 13 DM

Do You Think I Care 
November 6-December 14, 2012, Opening reception November 8, 6-8
Curated by: Yuki Kawae MIA 13 INTAR and Austin Ballard MFA 12 SC

Personal Culture: Here, Now Together
October 5-October 28, 2012, Opening reception October 4, 6-8pm
Curated by: Amanda Hu MFA 13 PR and Saman Sajasi MFA 13 PR

New Contemporaries 2012
June 30-Spetember 30, 2012
An exhibition of selected BFA and MFA graduates from the class of 2012

From This Point Forward
April 20-June 3, 2012
Curated by: Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas MFA 13 PR and Genevieve Lowe  MFA 13 PR

Tickling Your Eyeballs
March 2-April 8, 2012
Cuarted by: Krystal Walsh 12 TX and Mallika Dalal 12 TX

Come Here, I Need You
January 13-February 26, 2012
Curated by: Amanda Thackray MFA 12 PR and Rain Vasquez MFA 12 PR

ON View
September 30-November 27, 2011
Curated by: Tamara Johnson MFA 12 SC and Catherine Siller MFA 12 DM

The New Contemporaries
July 1-September 25, 2011
An exhibition of selected BFA and MFA graduates

Digital Plastic
April 29-June 5, 2011
A curated exhibition by Mando Veve 11 ILSean Gerstley 11 CR and Joelle Leung 11 GD

The Body
March 25-April 24, 2011
A curated exhibition by Alex Ben-Abba MFA 11 GL and Beth Weaver MFA 11 GD

Break It Down
January 7-February 6, 2011
A curated exhibition by Mimi Cabell MFA 11 PH and Phoebe Stubbs MFA 11 GL

November 5-December 17, 2010
A curated exhibition by Raphael Cohen 11 PT and Bea Walling 11 PR  

America, America
October 1-31, 2010
A curated exhibition by Issac Wingfield MFA 10PH    


Campus location
Chace Center, 2nd floor
20 North Main Street
Providence, RI

Gallery hours
10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday through Sunday

Gallery desk
401 709-8660

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The façade of the Chace Center, a new multipurpose hub that opened
in 2008, offers an interesting contrast to the historic campus
buildings that surround it.