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

Symposium Explores Collapse

A three-day gathering organized by RISD’s Center for Complexity brings to light insights, mindsets and practices for productive problem solving in the wake of disaster.

Presidential Fellows Make Good

Eleven outstanding graduate students who began their studies at RISD last September share their global perspectives with the larger community.  

Restoring the Blackstone River

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Emily Vogler and alum Jose R. Menéndez are bringing communities together through the Blackstone River Commons.

Pre-College Program Returns to Campus

The 50th anniversary of RISD’s residential Pre-College program brings 430 high school students to campus for immersive six-week experience.

Opening Doors for Young Artists

Project Open Door students are back on campus this summer, trying their hands at everything from textiles to toy design in long-running RISD program.

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.

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.

Hyundai Collaborative Propels Student Research

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

Curious about RISD?

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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.