Rhode Island School of Design Grad Show 2023 to Open at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 25

May 17, 2023

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

PROVIDENCE, RI – May  17, 2023 – Thesis work by students completing master’s degrees at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will be on display at RISD Grad Show 2023, 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.

The exhibition will be on view at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Halls C & D from May 25–June 3, 2023. The show is free and open to the public daily from 12–5 pm (10 am–5 pm on June 3, the day of RISD’s Commencement), with a public opening reception on May 24 from 6–8 pm.

RISD Grad Show 2023 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 43,000-sf space will be custom-constructed, with more than 2,000 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 2–4 from 12–5 pm.

Graduate study at RISD brings together artists, designers and thinkers from around the world to research, experiment, create and push the possibilities of practice.

About Rhode Island School of Design

RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) is a creative community founded in 1877 in Providence, RI. Today, we enroll 2,620 students hailing from 59 countries. Led by a committed faculty, they are engaged in 44 full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and supported by a worldwide network of over 31,000 alumni who demonstrate the vital role artists and designers play in today’s society.

Beyond facts and figures, what is the spirit of this community? Through a cross-disciplinary curriculum of studio-based learning and rigorous study in the liberal arts, RISD students are encouraged to develop their own personal creative processes, but they are united by one guiding principle: in order to create, one must question. In cultivating expansive and elastic thinking, RISD seeks to activate a critical exchange that empowers artists, designers and scholars to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our world. RISD’s mission, at both the college and museum, is not only to educate students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, but to transmit that knowledge and make global contributions.

Jaime Marland
Senior Director, Public Relations / RISD
401 427-6954