Throughout the year hundreds of renowned artists, designers, scholars and others visit RISD to speak and share their work. Their talks, along with a range of performances, openings and other special events, are open to the entire campus community and often the general public, too.Eck

Upcoming events

Aug 24

Nature Lab Symposium | BioDesign: From Inspiration to Integration

1 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

This half-day symposium brings together international artists, designers, scientists and educators for talks, discussions and presentations on topics such as valuing non-human forms of life as collaborators, artistic and scientific modes of inquiry and ethical considerations in bio-art and bio-design practices. The event kicks off a monthlong exhibition of the same name and marks the release of the 2018 edition of Biodesign: Nature + Science + Creativity (MoMA) by exhibition co-curator and symposium speaker William Myers.

Aug 29

Oct 5

Exhibition & Artist Talk | David Wiesner

12 pm | ISB Gallery

Join award-winning children’s book creator David Wiesner 78 IL for an artist talk on October 4 at 6:15 pm in support of this month-long exhibition. He will share sketches and storyboards from enduring classics like Mr. Wuffles and Art & Max, discuss his creative process and stick around after the session to sign books for young fans. Wiesner's work will be on display in the ISB Gallery from August 29 through October 7.

Sep 4


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Sep 5

Visiting Lecturer | Tony Fry

1:30 pm | College Building

Leading design theorist and philosopher Tony Fry will present Displacement: People, Culture and Design Practice, a talk about the age of climate change and social reconfiguration and the ways in which design is central to building sustainable futures. Fry has taught design and culture theory in Britain, the US, Hong Kong and Australia and holds a PhD in Cultural Studies in Design from the University of Birmingham. He is a founder of the EcoDesign Foundation, former professor and convenor, Master of Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, a contributing editor to the journal Design Philosophy Papers and currently principal of The Studio at the Edge of the World, Tasmania.

Sep 28

Alumna Talk | Yelitsa Jean-Charles 16 IL

12 pm | Brown University / Nelson Center

RISD alumna and entrepreneur Yelitsa Jean-Charles 16 IL will speak at Brown University as part of the Founder Fridays series. Her talk, Beyond Niche: The Power of Community and Demand, will focus on the company she founded, Healthy Roots, and how to build a product for specific consumer markets that are overlooked and undervalued but have mighty buying power. Mobile Users: Click the 'Website' link you see below and then click 'RSVP here!' when you arrive at the new website window.

Oct 2

Gary Metz Lecture | Paul Mpagi Sepuya

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturer Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA). Sepuya lives and works in Los Angeles, where he received an MFA in photography at UCLA in 2016. From 2000–14 he resided in New York City, receiving a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. Sepuya became known for his 2005–07 zine series SHOOT and his first monograph, Beloved Object & Amorous Subject, Revisited (2008), along with contributions and features in BUTT Magazine and participation and collaborations in the re-emergence of queer zine culture of the 2000s. He went on to participate in artist-in-residence programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Fire Island Artist Residency. Sepuya’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Center for Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum, among others. Solo exhibitions include Dark Room at Document, Chicago in 2018 and Dark Room at team (bungalow), Los Angeles as well as Figures, Grounds and Studies at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York City (2017). His work was featured in Being: New Photography 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City and Trigger at the New Museum in 2017. His first European museum exhibition, Double Enclosure will open this fall at Fotomuseum Amsterdam. Sepuya’s work has been covered and published in ARTFORUM, Aperture, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art Review, Frieze, Art in America, Monocle, Osmos and The Nation, and he is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s grant for Los Angeles artists.

Oct 3

Career Center Event | Prep to Connect

6:30 pm | 20 Washington Place

Hear everything you need to know before meeting with companies at Internship Connect on October 10! Learn how to speak with them professionally. Discover what they expect from you. Determine what materials you should bring and leave behind. Hear the best ways to follow up with them. Find out how to successfully use LinkedIn to research companies and network before and after Internship Connect. Mobile Users: Click the 'Website' link you see below and then click 'RSVP here!' when you arrive at the new website window.