Holly Gaboriault

Lecturer - THAD

Holly Gaboriault combines design research, curation, documentary film and design narration to highlight hidden histories and methodologies in storytelling. Throughout her career she has 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 film projects include producing and directing a series featuring artists, designers, curators, writers and scholars as well as the 2020–22 RISD Research Perspectives media series expanding interdisciplinary dialogues among art and design researchers at RISD. Her courses aim to discuss interdisciplinary constructive tools for historical activation and reframing history by means of object-based research, artistic activism and curatorial investigation. Current projects include documentary film featurettes highlighting archives, artists and designers and a forthcoming fashion book project and exhibition featuring 1960s fashion and fashion illustration history.

Academic areas of interest

Systematic absences in design history; fashion and textile design history; fashion illustration history; narrative interventions within archives; documentary filmmaking; and interdisciplinary community building

Fall 2022

  • THAD-H101-18 THAD I: Global Modernisms
  • THAD-H101-19 THAD I: Global Modernisms

Wintersession 2023

  • THAD-W260-01 Hidden Histories Of Women In Art and Design

Spring 2023

  • THAD-H258-01 Hidden Histories In Museums and Archives