"There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard." 

Arundhati Roy

News and Events

May 5, 2022

Providence-based dance company Haus of Glitter speaks at RISD about using an activist dance opera to transform a racist national historic site.

March 14, 2022

A month-long, student-curated exhibition brings together artists and designers of color from RISD and beyond to illuminate the diversity of the Black experience.

January 20, 2022

2022 MLK Series keynote speaker Eddie Glaude, Jr. invokes legendary jazz musician John Coltrane in a powerful and forthright call to action.

February 4, 2021

SEI Fellow Jane’a Johnson studies violence, visual culture and how race is reflected in archives and museums.

January 13, 2021

Faculty, curators and librarians come together for a semester-long seminar on decolonization that builds on the institution’s commitment to advancing social equity and inclusion.

April 17, 2020

Activists Lucas Michael and Mary Ellen Carroll rally fellow artists to help children still detained at the US border.

April 15, 2020

Connecting from home this spring, Graphic Design students and faculty are rethinking what—and how—they make.

March 10, 2020

The Rhode Island Foundation names Assistant Professor of Illustration Eric Telfort a 2020 MacColl Johnson Fellow.

March 2, 2020

Visiting artist Dread Scott shares his vision for change with RISD students.

February 27, 2020

Students in three Wintersession travel courses learn through hands-on work with local artisans in Mexico.

February 21, 2020

Multidisciplinary artist Jazzmen Lee-Johnson works to transcend the legacies of enslaved peoples and gender inequality.

February 20, 2020
The US Postal Service commissions graduate student Camille Chew to create artwork for its Lunar New Year stamp.
January 24, 2020

Social justice visionary Michelle Alexander delivers RISD’s 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote address.

December 27, 2019

RISD’s 10 new full-time faculty members are bringing new perspectives to campus and helping to diversify the curriculum.

December 14, 2019

Assistant Professor of Photography Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa reflects on contemporary practice and creative research.

November 27, 2019

An ongoing exhibition highlights the work and personal stories of 20 RISD community members living with disabilities.

November 6, 2019

Associate Professor Paula Gaetano-Adi experiments with an interesting way of helping first-year students let go of their assumptions.

October 1, 2019

Thanks to two generous gifts, exceptional graduate students selected for the Society of Presidential Fellows will have tuition-free access to a RISD education.

June 3, 2019

Commencement keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson urged the Class of 2019 to combat injustice with hope and creativity.

May 24, 2019

Consider new visions of design theory and practice with author, anthropologist, and philosopher Arturo Escobar in conversation with RISD faculty, Namita Dharia, Jess Brown, Ramon Tejada, and Ijlal Muzaffar. Studio practices are explored through the lens of justice, ethics, and the environment. 

November 27, 2018

Interior Architecture students are working with the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island to reimagine and reconfigure Providence’s Cathedral of St. John.

August 30, 2018
Both historically and today, visual artists have created works that address conditions of power, contributing to conversations about modes of resistance and political engagement.
August 28, 2018

A conversation with Matthew Shenoda, RISD’s first vice president of Social Equity and Inclusion.

May 28, 2018

An ambitious symposium considers how the bones of a ruined house can spark dialogue about memory, preservation and institutionalized racism.

May 3, 2017

A conversation with Virgil Abloh and RISD President Rosanne Somerson on contemporary design theory and its relation to current culture across mediums.