May 5, 2011

Rhode Island School of Design’s 2011 Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Rhode Island School of Design’s 2011 Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition to Open at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 19


Graduate student work across 16 disciplines to be featured in showcase of more than 170 RISD artists and designers


The thesis work of more than 170 students receiving graduate degrees from Rhode Island School of Design [RISD] will be on display in RISD’s 2011 Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The work of graduate students in Architecture, Ceramics, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles, Teaching and Learning in Art and Design will be on exhibit from May 19–June 4, 2010.


The exhibition, located in Hall C of the Convention Center in downcity Providence for the fifth consecutive year, is free and open to the public daily from 12–5 pm [12–8 pm on June 4, the day of RISD’s Commencement], with a public opening reception on May 19 from 6–8 pm.


The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s unique experience in RISD’s diverse, dynamic and demanding graduate programs.  As in previous years, the 28,000-square-foot space will be custom-constructed, with more than 1,500 linear feet of walls forming a network of smaller galleries.  This arrangement provides students ample space, allowing each the opportunity to showcase multiple pieces, or large installations from their individual thesis work—the manifestation of two or three years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and finely honed skills.


To extend the viewing opportunities of the exhibition, RISD is offering a web-based gallery of imagery of students’ work. The images and statements enable viewers to gain insight into the thought process behind each student’s thesis work.  The student portfolio section is live at


About RISD’s Graduate Programs


Graduate Studies at RISD includes 16 discipline-specific master’s degree programs in three divisions: architecture, fine arts and design. Setting the standard for RISD’s 1,900 undergraduates, approximately 400 graduate students are enrolled in individual programs that range in size from 7 to 98 students.


Graduate students come to RISD to be part of an extraordinary creative community and to connect with exceptional faculty, who are both dedicated teachers and leading artists and designers in their respective fields. They come to work in some of the best facilities and access some of the best resources in the country, to develop an individual vision and voice, and to create work that matters.


To complement studio majors, the divisions of Graduate Studies and Liberal Arts offer interdisciplinary seminars that enable students to explore the intersections between history, theory, research and contemporary culture. RISD’s diverse graduate programs are further enriched by sponsored research and internships with partners in business and industry, and by the incomparable insights of countless visiting artists, scholars and guest critics who come to campus from throughout the world. The college’s collaborative relationship with Brown University gives RISD students access to an even larger array of lectures, events and courses.


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RISD’s graduate programs were ranked #1 in the nation in the recent U.S. News and World Report‘s 2012 rankings of the best graduate schools for fine arts and design.  The magazine collected data from more than 220 graduate programs to compile its findings.


Jaime Marland
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