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

Oct 23

Visiting Artist | Tiona Nekkia McClodden

1:10 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Sculpture department welcomes visiting artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden. McClodden is a visual artist, filmmaker and curator whose work explores and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and social commentary. Her interdisciplinary approach traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture and sound installations. Themes explored in McClodden's films and works have been re-memory and more recently narrative bio-mythography. McClodden has exhibited and screened work at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Vox Populi Gallery, MOCA LA, Esther Klein Art Gallery Philadelphia, Art Toronto’s VERGE Video program, MCA Chicago, @RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE in Berlin, MOMA PS1, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Kansai Queer Film Festival in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan; and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Oct 24

Visiting Designer | Victoria Rushton

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Graphic Design department welcomes Victoria Rushton to RISD for a talk about her practice followed by the awarding of this year's Updike Prize for Student Type Design. The Daniel Berkeley Updike Collection was opened to the public in 1937, and Updike intended it to be a source of learning and inspiration to printers with a desire to elevate their craft through the study of the history of printing. The annual Updike Prize for Student Type Design was created in the same spirit, rewarding undergraduate and graduate students who make use of the Updike Collection in their creation of a new typeface or typeface family.

Oct 25

Visiting Artist | Edgar Arceneaux

1 pm | Center for Integrative Technologies (CIT)

The Digital + Media department welcomes visiting artist Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972 in Los Angeles). He was director of the Watts House Project from 1999–2012, and solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the List Museum at MIT, Cambridge; 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, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 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. Upcoming exhibitions will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and The Baltic Center in England.

Oct 26

Symposium | Art and Critique Since 1960

10 am | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

RISD’s Liberal Arts division and the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, RI present a daylong symposium on art criticism convened in honor of New Yorker writer Calviin Tomkins on the occasion of the donation of his art book archive to the Redwood. The symposium addresses art crticism since 1960, the year Tomkins began writing for the New Yorker. Critics, curators, artists and scholars will discuss the role of subjectivity in contemporary art criticism. Panel 1: The Place of the Self, 10 am–noon Panel 2: Artist-Writer, 2–4 pm This symposium has been generously funded by the VIA Art Fund, Boston, and RISD’s Liberal Arts Research Collaboration & Event Grant. The image above is a detail of Ex Libris, by Ed Rucha, 2017, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian.

Oct 26

Artist Ball

9 pm | Alex and Ani Center

Time to get out of the studio and dance the night away!

Oct 29

Artist Talk | Angela Dufresne

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

RISD's Film/Animation/Video department invites you to a presentation and lecture by faculty member Angela Dufresne, a painter and open media artist.