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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

Fall 2020: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RISD’s student galleries are open only to RISD students, faculty, and staff. All must present a RISD ID at time of visit. The gallery is currently closed to the general public.

Gallery hours for those with RISD ID: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 am–6 pm; Thursday, 11 am–8 pm; Saturday, 12–6 pm

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Past exhibitions

The Color of My Land

Mar 6 – Apr 5


Jan 23, 0020 – Mar 1

Curated by Namrata Dhore BArch 21, Jisu Yang BArch 21, Cherry Yang BArch 20

Black: Color/Context/Meaning

Dec 6, 2019 – Jan 19

Curated by Sarah O’Brien MFA 20 CR


Oct 18 – Dec 1, 2019

New Contemporaries 2019

July 2 – Oct 13, 2019

Prior Things

May 3 – June 2, 2019

Curated by Maya Cannon 19 PR, Megan Molina 19 IL and Justin Han 22 PT

The Chair Show

Mar 22 – Apr 28, 2019

Curated by Hannah Bartlett 19 FD & Raina Wellman 19 GD

_Scapes 19

Feb 1 – Mar 17, 2019

Curated by Curated by Zola Anderson 19 PT, Raghvi Bhatia 19 GL and Kelly Eriksen 19 GL