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

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RISD news and announcements

Tracing the Roots of Universal Design

RISD students analyze groundbreaking home design projects headed up by late Industrial Design Professor Marc Harrison.

Jazz, Gender and Social Justice

SEI Research Fellow Nichole Rustin engages RISD students in contemporary political questions and develops their skills as liberal arts scholars.

Project Open Door Students Explore Jewelry Making

RISD’s Jewelry + Metalsmithing department collaborates with Project Open Door to offer young artists the first on-campus studio of its kind.

The Return of the Design-Build

First-year Landscape Architecture students learn valuable skills of the trade by collaborating on an observation deck at Tillinghast Farm.

Playing with Perception

Students in a graduate architecture seminar use photogrammetry to express their visions for the built environment.

Symposium Visualizes New Spaces

Artists, designers and scholars gather at RISD to examine such deeply embedded societal issues as colonialism and white supremacy and the ongoing effort to elevate BIPOC perspectives.

RISD Inaugurates 18th President

The community comes together to celebrate President Crystal Williams with a two-day symposium, open studios, RISD Craft art sale and more.

Getting Conceptual in the Hot Shop

Students in a fall Glass studio taught by Sean Salstrom use movement and choreography as a starting point for experimentation.

SPUR Grants Support Site-Specific Research

RISD students and recent alums are using funding from RISD Research to develop interdisciplinary projects with communities around the world.

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.  

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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.

Forbes Recognizes Trailblazers

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

Update on Advancing Social Equity

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