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Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

Working individually or in small teams, students gain valuable curatorial experience by proposing, planning and mounting group exhibitions at this venue and the Dryfoos Gallery for new media housed within it. Students whose proposals are accepted then work with guidance from RISD professionals to bring a show to fruition.

Prime location

The Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery and the Dryfoos Gallery for new media are located at the heart of campus and offer students great learning experiences and space for showing student work. They are also accessible to museum visitors and the general public.

Open invitation to curate

Each year all undergraduates and graduate students are invited to submit individual or team proposals for group exhibitions in either the Gelman or Dryfoos galleries.

RISD’s director of Campus Exhibitions reviews proposals along with an oversight committee that includes representatives from the Student Gallery Board and Grad Student Alliance.

Upon exhibition approval, curators and gallery staff work together to select work, design the exhibition, prepare supporting materials, hang the show, publicize it and host the opening.

Location, contact info and hours of operation

Chace Center, 2nd floor
20 North Main Street
Providence, RI
Gallery desk: 401 709-8660

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

Please direct any questions to exhibitions@risd.edu.

Past exhibitions

New Contemporaries ’22
July 6–Oct 16, 2022
Selected work by the graduate class of 2022

Residual Hauntings
May 6–June 5, 2022
Curated by Sarah Goldman 23 PR and Emma Florance 22 PT

I’d Rather Go Blind
April 16–May 1, 2022
Special exhibition by first-year MFA candidates

The Black Biennial
March 12–April 10, 2022
Curated by Rey Londres 22 PH and Melaine Ferdinand-King

Of Soiled Bodies
January 22–March 3, 2022
Curated by Veronica Bello 22 TX and Corina Dorrego 22 PT

Faculty Exhibition
October 28–November 21, 2021

New Contemporaries: Selections from the Class of 2021
July 14–October 10, 2021

Memories and How We Hold Them
April 10 – 14, 2021
Curated by Ethan Murakami 21 GD and Kasia Hope 21 TX

Feminized
March 13 – April 3, 2021
Curated by Mariano Ramos Ortiz MFA 21 PR and Breslin Bell MFA 21 PR

RISD Grad Show 2020
Oct 17 – Nov 7, 2020

The Color of My Land
Mar 6 – Apr 5, 2020

{re}position
Jan 23, 0020 – Mar 1, 2020
Curated by Namrata Dhore BArch 21, Jisu Yang BArch 21, Cherry Yang BArch 20

Black: Color/Context/Meaning
Dec 6, 2019 – Jan 19, 2020
Curated by Sarah O’Brien MFA 20 CR

Land//Fill//Land
Oct 18 – Dec 1, 2019

New Contemporaries 2019
July 2 – Oct 13, 2019