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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

Apr 17

Apr 26

Community Initiative | RISD Stands Against Gun Violence

12 am | RISD Campus

To mark and remember the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, RISD will launch a multidisciplinary community response to the rampant gun violence that plagues America. Last November, after the 307th incident of gun violence in the US in 2018 alone, President Somerson and Vice President of Social Equity + Inclusion Matthew Shenoda called for RISD to respond in a unique way that would transcend simple statements of values and sympathy. Gun Violence Exhibition Opens April 17, 2019 20 Washington Place Running the Numbers A public art project by Scott Lapham 90 PH and One Gun Gone Saturday, April 20, 1-4 pm Contemporary Art Gallery, RISD Museum Digital Quilt Display April 22–26, 2019, 8–10 pm Digital screens in 20 Washington Place, the Met, Portfolio Café and the RISD Museum Digital Quilt Artists Anthony Azanon BArch 19 Boris Bally, Community member Josh Chodorow, Coordinator, RISD Global Elizabeth Debs, Critic, Interior Architecture Ningyi (Jessica) Fang 21 IL Daniel Fidoten 22 EFS Malaika Franks 20 ID Karyn Lynn Gilman, Parent James Goggin, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Blue Gregor 21 PT James Harvey 87 PT Jamie Murphy Hlynsky, Senior Critic, Illustration Max Hu 21 ID Amelia Huang 22 EFS Nicole Juen, Assistant Professor, Experimental and Foundational Studies Ting Loetaphirom 19 GD Tim McFate, Site Manager/Chef, Watermark Cafe Hector Munoz-Guzman 21 PT David Porter, Assistant Professor, Illustration Portfolio Cafe Team, Dining Services Brenda Rodriguez 21 IL Rebecca Schena 19 JM Nancy Skolos, Professor, Graphic Design Adam Smith, Associate Professor, Industrial Design Tori Torres, RISD Store Sales Clerk VF Wolf, Night Watchman, Museum Isabel Yang, Pre-College 2018, Drawing Major Related Resources Counseling and Psychological Services - Students Only RISD Employee Assistance Program - Faculty and Staff Public Safety - RISD Community Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence One Gun Gone Providence Police Department Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General Rhode Island State Police Rhode Island Victims of Crime Helpline Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Everytown for Gun Safety Gun Violence Archive GunPolicy.Org Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Apr 17

Visiting ceramist | Linda Lopez

11:30 am | 189 Canal Street (Apparel Building)

The Ceramics department welcomes Linda Nguyen Lopez. She earned her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has exhibited her work in New Zealand, Italy, England and across the US. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio, Archie Bray Foundation and Greenwich House Pottery and earned the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program Grant in 2016, allowing her to be an artist-in-residence at C.R.E.T.A. Rome. Lopez is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, FL.

Apr 25

Visiting landscape architect | Jane Hutton

6 pm | BEB (Bayard Ewing Building)

RISD Architecture welcomes landscape architect Jane Hutton, whose research looks at the extended relationships of materials in design, examining links between the landscapes of production and consumption of common building materials. Her design research has focused on material flows and urban change and has been published and exhibited in venues in Canada, the US, the UK and China. She is a founding editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture, Landscape, Political Economy and has practiced with Toronto-based PLANT Architect Inc. as a senior designer as well as with architectural firms in China and Mexico City.

Apr 23

Student presentations | Liberal Arts Cross-Concentration Salon

6:30 pm | Tap Room

Student concentrators in the Liberal Arts departments of History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences; Literary Arts + Studies; Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies and Theory + History of Art + Design will present selected works. Pizza will be served.

Apr 23

Visiting artist | Holly Hughes

4:30 pm | College Building

The Painting department welcomes painter and former department head Holly Hughes, whose paintings are inspired by historic ceramics, textiles and heraldry. “I want to converse with codes of taste, the shorthand developed to describe nature and the idyllic and pastoral slamming against repossessed abstracted power icons,” she says. Hughes’ paintings and prints are included in many collections, including Citibank, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, RISD Museum, the Kempter Museum, The Freedman Gallery of Albright College and the Pfizer Collection.

Apr 24

Visiting illustrator | Jarrett Krosoczka

3 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Illustration department welcomes award-winning author/illustrator and RISD alumnus Jarrett Krosoczka 99 IL, whose most recent book—the graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo—was short-listed for a 2018 National Book Award and named an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review last October. First published at the age of 23, Krosoczka has more than 30 published books to his credit, including the wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. Both series, along with his Punk Farm series, are currently in development for film.

Apr 30

Visiting artist | Halsey Rodman

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

RISD’s Sculpture department welcomes visual artist and Yale University faculty member Halsey Rodman. He earned his BA in Sculpture from the College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and his MFA from Columbia University. Rodman has exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues including Guild & Greyshkul in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, and at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).

May 2

Graduate Commons Speaker Series | Kader Attia

5 pm | RISD Museum

RISD's Graduate Commons Speaker Series continues this spring with The Gradual Contemporary: Conversations on Contemporary Art. Please join us for Kader Attia's lecture, On Repair. For many years, Attia has been exploring the perspective that societies have on their history, especially as regards experiences of deprivation and suppression, violence and loss, and how this affects the evolving of nations and individuals — each of them being connected to collective memory. Attia grew up in Paris and in Algeria before studying at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Escola Massana, Centre d'Art i Disseny in Barcelona. He also spent several years in Congo and in South America, and these experiences fostered his intercultural and interdisciplinary approach. Free and open to the public. Event will be livestreamed.