Honoring Innovation at Commencement 2018

Artist Cai Guo-Qiang, photographer Annie Leibovitz and robotics pioneer David Hanson 96 FAV are being recognized at this year's ceremony.

​Beyond the Body

As Photography major Zai Rutter 19 PH prepares for a reading-intensive independent study this spring, issues of identity, language and authenticity are top of mind.

Souvenirs of Substance

Associate Professor Paolo Cardini leads a RISD symposium in Rome focused on non-Western, student-conceived visions of the future.

undergraduate students (2016/17)
graduate students (2016/17)
student/faculty ratio
MacArthur “genius award” winners

Upcoming events

Visiting Speaker | Joaquín Barriendos

Thursday, April 26

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Visiting Artist | Amy Yoes

Wednesday, May 2

College Building

Student Event | Art Sale

Saturday, May 5

Benefit Street

Featured exhibitions on campus

We Thought of You

curated by Chantal Feitosa 18 FAV + Charles Ehrenfried 18 SC

through Apr 29

Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery


Justin Kimball 85 PH

through July 8

RISD Museum

From the very first year you’ll be urged to experiment.

get a sense of Experimental and Foundation Studies