Museum of Art

The RISD Museum of Art offers a rich and varied collection of more than 86,000 objects – works of fine and decorative art spanning from ancient times to the present. Graduate students are invited to make appointments with curators in the museum’s seven distinct departments to explore the amazing works not on view in the permanent and special exhibitions galleries (i.e. 97% of the holdings). Direct access to original works created by the world’s foremost artists and designers proves to be invaluable to students in their own investigations. 

Highlights of the Museum’s collection include Impressionist paintings, 20th-century design, Gorham silver, Newport furniture, an ancient Egyptian mummy and a 12th-century Buddha – the largest historic Japanese wooden sculpture in the United States. Artists represented include major figures in the history of visual art and culture, including Cézanne, Chanel, Copley, Degas, Hirst, Homer, LeWitt, Matisse, Manet, Picasso, Rothko, Sargent, Turner, Twombly, van Gogh and Warhol (among many, many others). 

The Museum is an incredible asset for both students and the regional community, presenting special exhibitions throughout the year. Openings, lectures, workshops and other special events offer added opportunities for intellectual stimulation beyond individual research.

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Students present both 2D and 3D work at the annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition