Working individually or in small teams, students gain valuable curatorial experience by proposing, planning and mounting group exhibitions at this venue and the Dryfoos Gallery for new media housed within it. Students whose exhibition proposals are accepted work with guidance from RISD professionals to handle every aspect of bringing a show to fruition.

Prime location

Located on the second floor of the Chace Center, the Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery and the Dryfoos Gallery for new media within it are at the heart of campus both literally and figuratively. The galleries offer unparalleled learning opportunities for students along with ideal space for showcasing student work and making it readily accessible to museum visitors and other members of the general public.

Open invitation to curate

Each year all undergraduates and graduate students are invited to submit individual or team proposals for group exhibitions in either the Gelman or Dryfoos galleries.

RISD’s director of Campus 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 host the opening reception.

Departments

Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles