Welcome President Crystal Williams

Meet Crystal Williams

President Williams brings a deep passion for and broad experience in leading mission-driven institutions.

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RISD news and announcements

Fashion on Film

Apparel Design seniors present their thesis collections via (Un)finished, an intensely personal cinematic compilation.

RISD Furniture Designers Dazzle at NYCxDESIGN

Current students and alums bring RISD’s critical making approach to this year’s exhibition at WantedDesign Manhattan and International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC.

Immersive Airport Design

Students reconceive Boston’s Logan Airport using augmented, virtual and mixed-reality technologies.

Networking in the Arts

Students who participated in this year’s virtual Fine Arts Portfolio Review gain valuable insights from art-world professionals.

Emerging Filmmakers on the Big Screen

RISD’s Film/Animation/Video department presents its annual Senior Show live on campus for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

The Revolution Will Be Choreographed

Providence-based dance company Haus of Glitter speaks at RISD about using an activist dance opera to transform a racist national historic site.

Getting Ahead of Climate Change

RISD Architecture students participating in the Envision Resilience Challenge draw up radical plans in response to projected sea-level rise in Warren, RI. 

Bhabha Finds Beauty in the Forsaken

Alum and Kirloskar Visiting Scholar Huma Bhabha speaks with current RISD students about their evolving practices and her epic, science fiction-inspired creations.

RISD Students Connect with Industry Professionals

Juniors and seniors meet with representatives from 126 companies from across the globe at annual Design Portfolio Review.

Preparing for Rising Seas

Landscape Architecture students develop environmentally just proposals for managing sea-level rise in the Narragansett Bay as part of the Envision Resilience Challenge.

Empires of the Imagination

Students in a new Illustration studio taught by Mary Jane Begin develop cohesive styles and expressive characters to bring their stories to life.

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Start Here, our FAQ for prospective students, has answers to (almost) everything you want to know.

Forbes Recognizes Trailblazers

Four recent RISD graduates are included in the latest Forbes 30 Under 30 compilation.

RISD Welcomes New Hires Focused on Race and Decolonization

Full-time faculty members to join RISD in fall 2021 as a result of the “Race in Art & Design” cluster hire initiative.

Update on Advancing Social Equity

RISD shares progress and next steps towards its commitment to being proactively anti-racist.