Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Grad Show 17b

The work presented in this expansive exhibition represents the culmination of each student's unique experience in RISD’s diverse, dynamic and demanding graduate programs. The 28,000 square-foot space of the Convention Center hall is custom-constructed each year with more than 1,500 linear feet of walls forming a network of smaller galleries. This arrangement provides students ample space, allowing each the opportunity to showcase multiple pieces or large installations from their individual thesis work – the manifestation of two or three years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and finely honed skills. 

Students from RISD’s 16 discipline-specific master’s degree programs in three divisions: architecture, fine arts, and design are represented in this engaging and encompassing exhibition.


Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2017, opening reception May 24, 6-8pm
May 25-June 3, 2017, 12-5pm daily, June 3 extended hours 10am-6pm 


Past Exhibitions: 

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2016
May 27-June 4, 2016

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2015
May 20-30, 2015

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2014
May 16-31, 2014

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2013
May 17-June 1, 2013

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2012
May 18-June 2, 2012

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2011
May 20-June 4, 2011

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2010
May 21-June 5, 2010

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2009
May 15-30, 2009

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2008
May 21-June 1, 2008

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2007
May 17-June 2, 2007


Exhibitions Office Staff

Mark Moscone
Director of Exhibitions
401 454-6141

Andrew Gunnar Norquist
Exhibitions Coordinator
401 454-6140

Kevin Hughes
Gallery Installation, Preparation and Documentation Coordinator
401 709-8639

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