Throughout the year hundreds of renowned artists, designers, scholars and others visit RISD to speak and share their work. Their talks, along with a range of performances, openings and other special events, are open to the entire campus community and often the general public, too.

Upcoming events

Sep 22

Symposium | A Better World By Design

9 am | Brown/RISD Campus

Want to catalyze positive change on a local and global scale? Attend one of the most impressive student-organized conferences in the world led by your Brown and RISD peers. Experience extraordinary lectures, workshops, and networking events that will change the way you think. Take part in interdisciplinary collaborations between designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, educators and fellow students. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of making a better world by design! RSVP Here!

Sep 27

Visiting Artist | Patti Smith | RISD Museum

7 pm | RISD Auditorium

Renowned visual artist, performer and author Patti Smith reads from her latest book, Devotion, a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations and unexpected connections. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her recent book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. Smith was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith lives in New York City. This event is sold out.

Sep 27

Visiting Artist | Jeffrey Beers | Glass Department

1:10 pm | College Building

As a student at RISD, Jeffrey Beers BArch 79 studied under renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly MFA 68 CR and developed a passion for glassblowing that ignited his fascination with the role that glass can play in architectural design. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue this interest, he traveled to Brazil and worked with legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer. Upon returning to New York, Beers joined the prestigious firm of IM Pei & Partners before establishing NYC firm Jeffrey Beers International (JBI) in 1986. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Contract magazine’s Interior Design Award and multiple Gold Key Awards for Excellence, and he was a finalist for Interior Design’s “Best of Year” Design Award.

Oct 3

Visiting Artist | Catherine Wagner | Gary Metz Series (Photo Department)

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Catherine Wagner works with elements of contemporary society and transforms them into conceptual images that investigate culture. For more than 30 years she has been a keen observer of the built environment, examining institutions of learning and knowledge, such as art museums and science labs, as well as the ways we construct our cultural identity. Wagner’s process involves the investigation of what art critic David Bonetti calls "the systems people create, our love of order, our ambition to shape the world, the value we place on knowledge and the tokens we display to express ourselves."

Oct 6

Oct 8

RISD Weekend 2017

9 am | Rhode Island School of Design

Don’t miss the opportunity to get together with other RISD alumni and parents this fall at RISD Weekend. It’s a great way to tap into the vitality of our creative community and get a sense of what’s happening at RISD. Most events are open to everyone and free with registration (unless otherwise noted).

Oct 13

Off-Campus Keynote | Glass Department Head Rachel Berwick | UrbanGlass Symposium

9 am | UrbanGlass Studio

Glass Department Head Rachel Berwick 84 GL kicks off the 2017 Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass with a lecture called Alchemy: Innovation and Experimentation in Studio Practice. Designed for glass educators and arts administrators, the three-day symposium features provocative presentations and an informal exchange of ideas.

Oct 17

Sellie Bernstingle Lecture | Roger Mandle | RISD Museum

11 am | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The annual Sellie Bernstingle lecture, named in honor of late RISD Museum Docent Sellie Bernstingle, will feature former RISD President (1993–2008) Roger Mandle. Now in its 16th year, this lecture provides the RISD community with opportunities to learn about and discuss major topics in the world of museums. Roger Mandle is currently president and CEO of Roger Mandle Associates LLC, consulting with museums, universities and art colleges. He has taught art history and museum studies at Williams, Brown and RISD and is a widely published scholar on Dutch art and creator of numerous international exhibitions. He received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University, his MA from NYU and his undergraduate degree from Williams College. He has been awarded eight honorary degrees, including one from RISD.

Oct 17

Prep to Connect

6:30 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Get prepared for Internship Connect on October 26th! Every company attending will have internship opportunities and you’ll want to be ready to meet with them. Hear what the companies expect from you; learn how to greet and introduce yourself; determine what materials you should bring; and discover the best ways to follow up with them. You'll also learn how to research internships and employers before the event and how to utilize LinkedIn in this process and after the event. Bring your questions, get answers, and feel better prepared to make the most of Internship Connect! RSVP here!