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

Stacked and Altered

Artist Jared Bark challenges viewers to question their relationship with books in an ongoing exhibition in RISD’s Fleet Library.

RISD Global Flies Again

Students are exploring European cultural and design traditions this summer in Denmark, France, Italy and the Azores.

Summer Internships Offer New Perspectives

Hundreds of current RISD students are learning the ropes this summer by working for design firms, nonprofits, publishing companies and more. 

Black Joy Matters

A SPUR-funded project by grad student Zoë Pulley presents positive images of Black people to counteract the negative imagery flooding the media.

Deep Dive into Block Island Ecology

Students examine a local island habitat through the lenses of environmental justice and Indigenous history.

Opioid Crisis Spurs Compassionate Design

A spring studio offered through RISD’s Center for Complexity offers fresh ideas for Rhode Island’s harm reduction center pilot program.

Hyundai Collaborative Propels Student Research

RISD students working across disciplines explore the relationship between nature, art and design in third year of synergistic partnership.

Five Questions: Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab

A brief interview with one of RISD’s Schiller Family Assistant Professors in Race in Art and Design.

Double Vision

Brown | RISD Dual Degree students present their capstone presentations to a live and virtual audience.

Celebrating the Classes of 2020 and 2022

The RISD community comes together to honor graduating students driving change and to welcome new president Crystal Williams.

The People’s House Reimagined

Graduate students in Interior Architecture present visions for transforming Rhode Island’s State House and the surrounding grounds into a welcoming public space.

Curious about RISD?

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.