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Rhode Island School of Design’s RISD WORKS Relocates to RISD Store for Enhanced One-Stop Retail Experience

RISD Museum Reimagines Chace Center Lobby to Feature Rotating Programming and Activations

PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is pleased to announce a new one-stop retail experience with the relocation of RISD WORKS to the newly renovated RISD Store, opening early July. With the move, the first floor space of the Chace Center will become a flex space featuring rotating programming and activations and a new Bolt Coffee outpost.

Established in 2001, RISD WORKS is a hybrid retail store and gallery that features a rotating selection of work by RISD alumni and faculty. Behind every item featured, from the mass-produced object to the fine art original, is the hand and mind of a RISD artist. By co-locating RISD WORKS within a newly re-designed RISD Store, the institution is offering a new shop-within-a-shop concept for a more robust retail experience. Alumna Marla Whitford 85 IL conceived of the new configuration of the store, while alumnus Nick Hollibaugh MFA 03 FD designed many of the display cases. Previously located in the first floor of the RISD Museum’s Chace Center, RISD WORKS was limited to Museum hours. The new design makes the collection of goods more readily accessible, with extended hours for both campus clientele and public visitors.

The first floor of the Chace Center will become an evolving flex space featuring a Bolt Coffee grab-and-go outpost with rotating activations and programming. The space will also be available for public rental. The first activations of space include:

June 23-July 6: Super Art Sunday, sponsored by Bank of Newport, featuring an installation by artist Brian Chippendale 97 PR.

July 7-20: The RISD Museum Teen Intensive. This free 11-day intensive program immerses high school students in art and the creative experience. This year's program is "The Experimentation Room," where artists and designers challenge students with prompts that embrace creative struggles, collaborative discord, and the need to make something happen rather than something perfect.

About Rhode Island School of Design
The mission of RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”), 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. Our immersive model of art and design education emphasizes robust liberal arts studies and conceptually driven studio-based learning in full-time bachelor's and master's degree programs across 19 majors. RISD's exceptional faculty foster student growth and development in extensive specialized facilities, enabling students to become confident, cross-disciplinary thinkers and nimble problem-solvers ready to confront the complexities of global practice in the 21st century. Nearly 30,000 alumni worldwide testify to the impact of a RISD education, exemplifying the vital role artists and designers play in defining global innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit risd.edu and our.risd.edu.

About RISD Museum
The RISD Museum was founded on the belief that art, artists and the institutions that support them play pivotal roles in promoting broad civic engagement and creating more open societies. Established in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards works of art representing cultures from ancient times to the present from around the globe. We interpret our collection with the focus on the maker and we deeply engage with art and artists, presenting ideas and perspectives that can be inspiring and complex. We aspire to create an accessible and inclusive environment that builds meaningful relationships across all communities.