Rhode Island School of Design Grad Show 2022 to Open at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 26

May 17, 2022

Graduate student work representing 19 disciplines featured in exhibition and digital publication 

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thesis work by students completing master’s degrees at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will be on display at RISD Grad Show 2022 RISD’s annual graduate thesis exhibition. Celebrating the creativity RISD’s newest graduate alumni will bring to the world, the exhibition and digital publication includes work by students in: Architecture, Ceramics, Design Engineering, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Global Arts and Cultures, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and Textiles. Work can be viewed digitally at risdgrad.show, going live on May 25.

Returning to the Rhode Island Convention Center for the first time since 2019, the exhibition will be on view in Hall A from May 26–June 4, 2022. The show is free and open to the public daily from 12–5 pm (10 am–6 pm on June 4, the day of RISD’s Commencement), with a public opening reception on May 25 from 6–8 pm.

RISD Grad Show 2022 invites viewers to experience an expansive range of exploratory work by emerging artists and designers. The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s experience in RISD’s dynamic and diverse graduate programs. As in years past, the 28,000-sf space will be custom-constructed, with more than 1,100 linear feet of walls forming a network of smaller galleries. The unique configuration of the large, flexible space provides remarkable opportunities for graduate students to show multiple pieces or large installations from final thesis projects representing two or three years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and production.

Additionally, an exhibition of selected works by graduate students from different disciplines will be held at Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery at 169 Weybosset Street. The installation will be on view June 3–5 from 12–5 pm.

Graduate study at RISD brings together artists, designers and thinkers from around the world to push the possibilities of creative practice. The students in RISD’s 22 advanced degree programs research, experiment and innovate in the studio and beyond.

About Rhode Island School of Design
RISD’s mission, through its college and museum, is to educate students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover and transmit knowledge and to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation. The college’s strategic plan NEXT: RISD 2020–2027 sets an ambitious vision for educating students for the future and bringing creative practices to bear on the creation of just societies, a sustainable planet and new ways of making and knowing. RISD’s immersive model of art and design education, which emphasizes critical making through studio-based learning and robust study in the liberal arts, prepares students to intervene in the critical challenges of our time. Working with exceptional faculty and in extraordinary specialized facilities, 2,500 students from 68 countries engage in 44 full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. RISD’s 31,000 alumni worldwide testify to the impact of this model of education, exemplifying the vital role artists and designers play in today’s society. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region.