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

Nov 27

Visiting Artist | Jina Valentine | Painting Department

5:30 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Jina Valentine is an artist, writer, mother and professor based in Durham, NC. Valentine’s work at once invites and defies close reading. Using text as both content and form, she manipulates and obscures the message through cuts, overlays and acidic ink materials that literally devour the paper on which they are printed. She entices viewers to contemplate the intricacies of her lace-like drawings and collages, which seem to promise meaning in the accumulation of visual mark-making and clues, but often leaves them yearning for what they can’t see in the spaces and voids.

Nov 29

Visiting Artist | Sarah Oppenheimer | Glass Department

1:10 pm | College Building

Sarah Oppenheimer is an artist engaged with spatial adjacency. Solo exhibitions include MUDAM, Luxembourg, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Kunsthaus Baselland and W-12302, a permanent commission buried within the plenum of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited at such venues as the Andy Warhol Museum; ICA Boston; the Hessel Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Art Unlimited, Art Basel (2009); Skulpturens Hus (Stockholm); the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Mattress Factory; the Drawing Center; and the Sculpture Center. She is a senior critic at the Yale University School of Art.

Nov 30

Visiting Artist | Lydia Dona | Painting Department

5:30 pm | College Building

Abstract painter Lydia Dona was born during the communist era in Bucharest, Romania. Her family fled to Israel, and she later settled in New York. Influenced by the conceptual movement and by Marcel Duchamp, Dona explores the impingement of technology and machinery on the body in contemporary culture. By combining broad expressive brush strokes with detailed line drawings, Dona has developed a language of paintings that is both representational and abstract. Lydia Dona’s work has been internationally exhibited in solo and group shows, including Hong Kong Contemporary, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, NY, Chelsea Art Museum, NY, Dorsky Gallery, NY, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL, White Columns, NY, and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC.

Nov 30

Visiting Architect | Dong-Ping Wong | Nobody Asked for This

6:30 pm | BEB (Bayard Ewing Building)

A pool, a mountain and a handful of other projects by a studio that's trying to figure out why the hell you'd want to create architecture in the first place.