Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery


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: 


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

Upcoming Exhibitions:

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

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

Past Exhibitions:

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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