Division of Liberal Arts

  • Probing Performance Art

    Students in a Robert L. Turner-funded spring seminar on performance studies probed the intersections of politics, culture and performance. 

  • Inspiring Scholarly Culture

    Newly appointed Dean of Liberal Arts Daniel Cavicchi is fascinated with the rich interplay between studio and scholarly learning.

  • The Poetry of Design

    Through a Literary Arts + Studies concentration in poetry, designer Josh Shiau 15 ID is better able to understand people and their needs.

  • Inspiring Ideas

    Senior Jessy Lu 15 TX finds fodder for her studio practice in the liberal arts classes she takes as a Literary Arts + Studies concentrator.

  • RISD Appoints Two New Deans

    Sheri Wills and Daniel Cavicchi accept leadership positions in Fine Arts and Liberal Arts, respectively.

  • Reimagining Cities

    Students in a newly created spring seminar worked with immigrants at a housing project to create a permanent installation reflecting their shared vision of home.

  • Fostering Environmental Literacy

    RISD is launching a new interdisciplinary concentration this fall focused on escalating interest in Nature Culture Sustainability Studies.

  • Exploring Biodiversity in Guyana

    A new interdisciplinary travel course in Guyana focuses on ecological conservation, cross-cultural communication and the arts. 

  • Sharing South African Legacies

    Students who explored the global slave trade and traveled to South Africa last fall are now sharing their insights in Unearthing Legacy, a powerful exhibition on view through February 27 at RISD’s Red Eye Gallery.

  • Understanding the True Impact of War

    Students in Tom Roberts’ Combat and Culture liberal arts class develop a deep understanding of war and a new relationship with the world beyond their studios.

  • Chronicling the Global Slave Trade

    RISD students enrolled in Dialogue Across the Diaspora are traveling to South Africa to curate a powerful exhibition that communicates their incisive research on the global slave trade.

  • Critical Reading

    RISD is pleased to announce the release of The Art of Critical Making, a new book for the general public on applying the lessons of creative practice in a broader context.

  • Exploring Critical Making

    RISD’s Critical Making Task Force is leading efforts to pursue selected goals set forth in the Strategic Plan, including the notion of establishing an interdisciplinary center with shared equipment. 

  • Speaking of Strange Behavior

    Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist and bestselling author, will visit RISD on April 20 as the last in this year’s Shared Voices speakers.

  • RISD Reads WAO – Together

    All incoming undergrads are reading Junot Díaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel as part of the 2012 Common Reading Program – and then meeting the author in November.

  • Global Luminaries Honored at Commencement 2012

    At its June 2 ceremony, RISD will present honorary degrees to Japanese film animation house Studio Ghibli, writer-activist Rebecca Solnit and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Wang Shu, who will also deliver the keynote address.