Museum visitors viewing mounted artworks

A popular destination for the regional public, the RISD Museum offers students unparalleled access to ongoing programming and a rich collection of fine art, design and decorative arts from around the world, ranging from ancient Chinese sculpture to French Impressionist paintings and contemporary art in every medium.

Celebrating art and connecting communities

Please note: The RISD Museum is open with limited access only for students, faculty and staff with an active RISD ID.

Museum hours
Tuesday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Thursday: noon–7 pm
Sunday–Monday: closed

A major cultural institution in Rhode Island, the RISD Museum houses approximately 100,000 works of fine and decorative art ranging from ancient times to the present. It is the only comprehensive art museum in southeastern New England and, as such, is a vital resource both for RISD and the broader community.

With seven curatorial departments, the museum offers a rich and varied program of exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and publications. It is dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures and to educating and inspiring artists and designers, families, scholarly researchers and students of all ages.

Open search—Director, RISD Museum

RISD seeks applicants for the position of Director of the RISD Museum. In fostering the institutional vision and artistic direction for the museum in accordance with RISD's mission, the Director will take the lead in communicating the museum’s role as an outstanding visual arts institution, enhancing its reputation as a public art museum and maintaining its standing as an active teaching resource for RISD and other area institutions.

The Director oversees all museum operations, exhibitions, programs, events and collections, and is a key member of RISD's leadership team, acting as both principal advocate for the museum and participant in broader institutional administration and governance. As the museum’s public spokesperson in art and professional matters, the Director also assumes a leadership role in the city and with state and regional communities.

We seek applicants who understand and are sensitive to the complexity of the position within the context of an equity-focused institution that approaches arts education as a matter of social justice. In deciding whether to apply for this position at the RISD Museum, we strongly encourage candidates to consider whether their values align with the museum’s vision and commitment to racial justice.

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