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.

Upcoming events

Feb 27

Visiting artist | Nell Irving Painter

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

RISD alumna and award-winning historian, writer and artist Nell Irvin Painter joins us for a reading and conversation about Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. Painter has written many books, including Sojourner Truth, Southern History Across the Color Line, Creating Black Americans, The History of White People and Standing at Armageddon. Her most recent book Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over is a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in Newark, NJ.

Mar 12

Visiting artist | Alejandro Cartagena

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Photography department welcomes TC Colley lecturer Alejandro Cartagena. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1977, Cartegena employs landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Rooted in the formalistic style of documentary photography, he critically examines Mexico’s drive towards economic development while contrasting a yearning for a fairer world in which to live. His 2014 series Car Poolers, which featured a bird's-eye view of workers commuting in the beds of pickup trucks, received widespread critical acclaim and was featured in The New York Times and other international publications. Archival and found pictures form the basis for his latest body of work, which explores "invisible," vulnerable people who are displaced in the midst of current political vitriol.

Mar 15

Visiting speaker | Treva Lindsey

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The RISD community is invited to Title IX + Transformative Justice, a lecture by Dr. Treva Lindsey. An associate professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, Dr. Lindsey will discuss the history of Title IX, the nature of consent and how a community grapples with transgressions while holding survivors’ stories, safety and sanctity at its core using the inclusive framework of restorative justice. Dr. Lindsey is a renowned scholar of critical race and gender theory, sexual politics, black feminist theory, women's history and popular culture.

Apr 9

Visiting artist | John Edmonds

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturer John Edmonds, an artist whose practice brings together photography, fabric, video and text. Best known for projects focusing on performative gesture and self-fashioning of young black men on the streets of America, he is also known for his portraits of lovers, close friends and strangers. He has participated in residencies at Light Work, Syracuse, NY; the Center of Photography at Woodstock, NY; FABRICA: The United Colors of Benneton’s Research Center, Treviso, Italy; and The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Recent Exhibitions include Family Pictures at the Columbus Museum of Art, tête-à-tête at David Castillo Gallery, James Baldwin/Jim Brown & The Children at The Artist’s Institute, and Face to Face at the California African American Museum. A catalogue of his solo show, Anonymous, was published by Light Work in fall 2017, and his monograph, Higher, was published by Capricious Publishing in 2018. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.