Andrew Martinez came to RISD in 1997 to establish its institutional archives. He oversees manuscripts, photographs, publications and other visual materials that document the history of the college and museum, promoting historical awareness within the institution and facilitating class work and research using the archives’ collections. His research interests include “archival artists” as well as the experience and interpretation of works of art housed within archival collections, as well as the many facets of RISD’s history in relation to the disciplines of art, design, education and museum practice.
Martinez has contributed to Why Art Museums? The Unfinished Work of Alexander Dorner (MIT Press, 2018) and Infinite Radius: Founding Rhode Island School of Design (RISD, 2008) and has written about the landmark RISD Museum exhibitions Raid the Icebox 1 with Andy Warhol, 1969–1970 and the 1913 Armory Show at the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds a BA in the History of Art from Ohio State University and an MA in the History of Art from Yale University.