May 10, 2010

Rhode Island School of Design’s 2010 Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Rhode Island School of Design’s 2010 Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition to Open at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 20Graduate student work across 15 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 2010 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 will be on exhibit from May 20 – June 5, 2010.

The exhibition, located in Hall A of the Convention Center in downcity Providence for the fourth consecutive year, is free and open to the public daily from 12-5 pm (12-8 pm on June 5, the day of RISD’s Commencement), with a public opening reception on May 20 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 from their individual thesis work – the manifestation of two or three years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and finely honed skills.

This year, to extend the viewing opportunities of the exhibition, RISD is offering a web-based gallery of audio, moving and still imagery of students’ work on the recently launched graduate site FEED.RISD.EDU. The images and statements enable viewers to gain insight into the thought process behind each student’s thesis work. The student portfolio section will go live on May 17 at

A selection of work by second-year graduate students will also be showing at Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery at 169 Weybosset Street. The installation will open on June 3 from 7-9PM and will remain on veiw trough June 5 from 12-8PM.

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. To learn more, visit the RISD Graduate Viewbook at or

RISD’s graduate programs were ranked #1 in the nation in the recent U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 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.

RISD’s Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition is generously supported by The Phoenix Media Group.

Jaime Marland
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