Maria Canada

Maria Canada joined the Apparel Design department in 2014 and divides her time between Providence and Sweden. She has a comprehensive background in design and fine art making processes as well as a mastery of technical craft related to fashion design and studio management. She is deeply engaged in community practices and discussion at RISD and at New Urban Arts in downtown Providence.

Before moving to the East Coast, Canada worked in personal and music management as well as event production while running an independent studio, consulting, styling and creating custom apparel from ready-to-wear to bridal. In the classroom she prioritizes technical craft and conceptual engagement, striving to help students become self-aware, socially intelligent, globally conscious and curious creators.

  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design