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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

RISD Students Explore Unique Ecology of Hawai’i Island

A Wintersession global studies course led by Lucy Spelman and Andrea Dezsö considers the important role that artists and designers can play in environmental conservation.

RISD SEI Fellow Germán Pallares-Avitia Explores International Relations along the US-Mexico Border

The second-year teaching and research fellow shows students how the built environment can shed light on issues of race, class, gender and more.

Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden Honors Martin Luther King at RISD

RISD’s 11th annual MLK Series keynote speaker addresses public art and the importance of creating space for Black artists.

Studio for Research in Sound and Technology Broadens Academic Scope at RISD

Members of RISD's growing community of sound artists and researchers discuss how the evolving studio contributes to the college’s overall educational mission.

The Ethics of Bearing Witness

SEI Research Fellow Zoé Samudzi explores images of violence and death and how humanitarian photography may or may not influence the viewer’s behavior. 

Two RISD Alums Make 2023 Forbes 30 Under 30

Furniture designer Urvi Sharma and painter Anna Weyant are both included in this year’s Art & Style list, bringing the total number of RISD alums cited over the years to 51.

RISD Students Share Final Projects in Fall 2022 Critiques

As the semester comes to a close, grads and undergrads in every department gather constructive criticism for their inspiring work.

RISD’s First Illustration MFA Students Show the Medium’s Potential for Social Impact

The Illustration department’s new graduate program aims to transform the field by inspiring self-authorship and social engagement.

Please Touch

Sophomores in a fall Sculpture studio make work that invites the viewer to physically engage with it.

Farm-Fresh Design Ideas

Architecture students present innovative and sustainable building designs to nonprofit client What Cheer Flower Farm.

Tracing the Roots of Universal Design

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

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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.

Update on Advancing Social Equity

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