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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 exhibition proposals are accepted work with guidance from RISD professionals to handle every aspect of bringing a show to fruition.

Prime location

Located on the second floor of the Chace Center, the Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery and the Dryfoos Gallery for new media within it are at the heart of campus both literally and figuratively. The galleries offer unparalleled learning opportunities for students along with ideal space for showcasing student work and making it readily accessible to museum visitors and other members of 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.

Once the concept for an exhibition is approved, each student curator or team works with the gallery staff to select the work, design the exhibition, prepare supporting written material, hang the show, publicize it and host the opening reception.

Location, contact info and hours of operation

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

Gallery hours: Wednesday–Sunday, noon–5 pm

Please direct any questions to

Past exhibitions

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

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

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

Oct 18 – Dec 1, 2019

New Contemporaries 2019
July 2 – Oct 13, 2019