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

Jul 12

Summer Faculty opening reception

5 pm | Woods-Gerry Gallery

Jul 20

Third Thursday at the RISD Museum

5 pm | RISD Museum

Nighttime fun at the RISD Museum: watch demos, experiment with art-making materials, hear from students about their work and learn to look at art and design in a new way. Free! Coincides with Providence’s Gallery Night, which provides free access to art galleries across the city.

Aug 2

Pre-College Foundations Exhibition Opening Reception

5 pm | Memorial Hall

The RISD Pre-College Foundations Exhibition presents work from Drawing Foundations and Design Foundations courses. All students, faculty and families are invited to attend the exhibition opening. Exhibition continues Thursday, August 3 (10am-6pm) and Friday, August 4 (10am-2:30pm).

Aug 2

Pre-College Majors Exhibition Opening Reception

5 pm | Woods-Gerry Gallery

The RISD Pre-College Majors Exhibition showcases a range of art and design work produced in the studios of all 21 majors. All students, faculty and families are invited to attend the exhibition opening. Exhibition continues Thursday, August 3 (10am-6pm) and Friday, August 4 (10am-2:30pm).

Aug 2

Pre-College Fashion Majors Show

7 pm | RISD Auditorium

The Pre-College Fashion Majors Show highlights wearable art created by fashion design students. Rehearsal Run-Through: 5:00pm (open to the public) Fashion Show: 7:00pm (ticketed event; tickets obtained from fashion design major students)

Sep 3

Sep 6

New student orientation

12 am | RISD Campus

RISD New Student Orientation is Sunday, September 6 through Wednesday, September 9 and is geared towards all incoming undergraduate students. Classes begun Thursday, September 10. Check out Orientation.risd.edu for more information on the schedule. Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) and RISD Student Affairs. For questions, please contact orientation@risd.edu.

Sep 5

Convocation

10 am

Sep 7

Fall semester 2017 degree program classes begin

12 am