Stories about studios + projects

Paradoxes and Polarities

Multidisciplinary artist and MacArthur fellow Shahzia Sikander MFA 95 PT/PR encourages RISD students to question societal norms and reimagine the future.

Art for Action

Last fall during the National Day of Dignity and Respect, diverse families pasted rainbow-colored hearts on the doors and brick façade of Philadelphia’s office of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Printing Time

How can a curator create a meaningful exhibition based on a collection that goes back almost two centuries and encompasses more than 5,000 works on paper? When Professor of Printmaking Andrew Raftery, a member of the National Academy of the Arts of Design, was invited to do just that, he opted to focus on the techniques printmakers use to depict the passage of time.

Mehretu’s Revolutions on Canvas

Internationally known painter and MacArthur Award winner Julie Mehretu MFA 97 PT/PR is currently showing her work in two solo exhibitions on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

RISD Fulbright Winners Head to Four Continents

This year, of the 20 RISD students and alumni who applied for Fulbright grants to support research and study abroad, four have been fully funded and a fifth won a Core Scholar Grant via Holy Cross College, where she teaches visual arts.

Heyman Bears Witness

“I sit in this hotel room and draw the face of an Iraqi who is telling the most humiliating and degrading story of his life.

Protecting endangered species

Spotting a Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep – native to the California mountain range by the same name – is nearly impossible without special tracking equipment.

Desert Datascapes

These days, when people think about borders, fences and the American West, they can hardly help but think about the polarizing debate over illegal immigration.

Working with Rwandans

Fourteen artists who met at RISD have teamed up with a print shop, a design firm and a women's association in Rwanda to raise funds through their artwork for a very tangible goal: to build community housing in a rural Rwandan village.

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