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

Mar 18

Museum Event | Double Take: Un/Settled

1 pm | RISD Museum

Please join us in the RISD Museum for a free Double Take program focused on Un/Settled, an ongoing exhibition highlighting the work of recent alumni. Current grad student Arghavan Khosravi MFA 18 PT and alumnus Saman Sajasi MFA 13 PR—whose work is included in the show—will discuss how their choices of imagery and materials reflect on cultural identities and political issues. Double Take conversations bring together experts to share their perspectives, generating thoughts and questions about social context and artistic interpretation.

Mar 20

Visiting Artist | Sylvia Ann Soares

1:20 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Sculpture department welcomes visiting theater artist and activist Sylvia Ann Soares to RISD. Soares toured with the first African American Pulitzer Prize play, No Place to Be Somebody, and with Negro Ensemble Company’s River Niger. As a leader of NYC’s 1960s Black Theater Movement, she created “The Madame” in The Gentleman Caller (Woodie King, Jr.’s Black Quartet) and performed Sonja Sanchez’s one-woman play Sister Son/ji at NEC. She has also appeared at Trinity Rep, the Huntington, LA Shakespeare, Mark Taper, NY Public, Cincinnati Playhouse and Perishable, among many other theaters. She currently serves on the boards of the Mt. Hope Learning Center, the Refugee Dream Center and the Port Markers Project.

Mar 21

Visiting Artist | Andrew Bearnot

1:10 pm | College Building

RISD’s Glass department welcomes artist/educator Andrew Bearnot 08 GL, the third speaker in the Spring ’18 Lecture Series. Bearnot is a materialist; he thinks with and through the substance of things. Informed by a background in material science (BS, Brown University) and glass (BFA, RISD), Bearnot explores moments of transcendence in the everyday. Bearnot helped establish the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program in 2008. He was awarded fellowships from Fulbright and the American-Scandinavian Foundation for research on glassmaking traditions in Sweden and Denmark. While completing his MFA, Bearnot received a Graduate Collaboration Grant from the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative for his ongoing project Molecular Movement. He is currently a post-MFA teaching fellow at the University of Chicago and artist-in-residence at both the Hyde Park Arts Center in Chicago and Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City. Lecture series funded in part by the Page Hazlegrove Fund, Koichi Hamada and Carolyn M. Beaudin in memory of Kotaro Hamada.

Apr 3

Visiting Artist | Edgar Arceneaux

1 pm | Center for Integrative Technologies (CIT)

The D+M department welcomes Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972) to RISD. Arceneaux directed the Watts House Project from 1999–2012. Solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the List Museum at MIT; Kunstverein Ulm, Germany; Kunstmuseum Basel; the Studio Museum Harlem, New York; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and in group exhibitions at Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Orange County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, among others. His first live work, Until, Until, Until, investigates an infamous 1981 performance by Broadway legend Ben Vereen, televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan's inaugural celebration.

Apr 3

Visiting Speaker | Our Literal Speed

6 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Please join us for the second lecture in the 2018 Grad Commons Speaker Series: Conversations on Contemporary Art, Our Literal Speed Presents Everythingism. University of Chicago Associate Professor of Art History Matthew Jesse Jackson of the Alabama-based arts collaborative Our Literal Speed will discuss "everythingism." According to Jackson, it could be argued that the most compelling art is no longer defined by particular media (painting, sculpture, photography, video) or by particular subjects (portraiture, landscape, still life, devotional image) or by particular strategies of representation (Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Appropriation); instead, the true art of our time might best be described as being distinguished by activities that employ everything to evoke everything by means of everything. This series is a collaboration among RISD’s Divisions of Liberal Arts, Graduate Studies and Fine Arts.

Apr 5

Career Program | Ready, Set, Freelance!

6:30 pm | Tap Room

Get ready for this fast-paced workshop covering the wide world of freelancing. Longtime freelancers Ed Shems 91 IL and Justin Perricone will guide you through the rewards and potential pitfalls of a freelance creative career. They’ll cover everything from the first conversation to signing a contract to delivering concepts to sending a final invoice. Learn how to tackle a successful project and create a happy client. You’ll also learn tips for the first meeting, the basics of payments, revising contracts and how to deal with difficult clients. Mobile Users: Click the 'Website' link you see below and then click 'RSVP here!' when you arrive at the new website window.

Apr 5

Visiting Designer | Paul Sahre

6:30 pm | Center for Integrative Technologies (CIT)

Paul Sahre is a graphic designer, illustrator, educator, lecturer and author who has operated his own practice in New York since 1997. He is a frequent visual contributor to The New York Times, has designed book covers for authors such as Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell, Ernest Hemingway, and Clarice Lispector, and he built and destroyed a life-sized monster truck hearse for the band They Might Be Giants. He recently authored his design memoir, Two-Dimensional Man, published by Abrams Press, 2017. Paul received his BFA and MFA from Kent State University and has taught graphic design at the School of Visual Arts for the past 13 years. He lectures extensively all over the world and is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.