Holly Gaboriault

Holly Gaboriault combines curation, documentary film and design narration, working within archives, institutions and communities for interdisciplinary storytelling. For over 15 years, her work has explored multivocality in history, design and cultural narratives through research, film, exhibition and community programming. She returned to RISD in 2019 to join the inaugural class of the Global Arts and Cultures Master’s program and continue her ongoing research into the hidden histories within design methodologies and creative interventions in storytelling. Throughout her career she worked and researched in both private and public art and design archives; held positions as a designer, creative director and director of programming; provided strategic consultation for cultural and educational organizations; and served in leadership roles on several nonprofit boards of directors. 

Since 2012, her documentary film projects include producing and directing a series featuring artists, curators, museum directors and historians as well as the 2019–21 RISD Research Perspectives media series, expanding interdisciplinary dialogues within art and design research. During 2020–21, Gaboriault was the research assistant to RISD’s director of research,  a Maharam STEAM Fellow and a Pedagogical Innovation Research Fellow. Her current projects include documentary film featurettes, a fashion book project and exhibitions featuring 1960s fashion and fashion illustration history, and providing narrative consultation for design studios and cultural institutions. 

Academic areas of interest

Documentary filmmaking; curatorial interventions within museums and archives; systematic absences in design history; fashion, costume and textile design history; community programming and narrative constructions 

Fall 2021

THAD-H101-28 THAD I: Global Modernisms

Spring 2022

THAD-H102-21 Critical Introduction To The History Of Architecture and Design
THAD-H102-22 Critical Introduction To The History Of Architecture and Design
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  • MA, RISD