Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2018
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Above: RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2017. Photo: RISD/Jo Sittenfeld.
Above: RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2017. Photo: RISD/Jo Sittenfeld.
May 24–June 2, 2018

Opening: May 23, 6pm

Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street
02903 Providence, Rhode Island
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The thesis work of 209 students completing graduate degrees at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will be on display in RISD’s 2018 Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the Rhode Island Convention Center from May 24–June 2, 2018. The exhibition includes work by graduate students in Architecture, Ceramics, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles and Teaching + Learning in Art + Design.

The exhibition, located in Hall A of the Convention Center in downcity Providence is free and open to the public daily from 12–5pm (10am–6pm on June 2, the day of RISD’s Commencement), with a public opening reception on May 23 from 6–8 pm.

RISD’s Graduate Thesis Exhibition invites viewers to experience an expansive range of exploration by emerging artists and designers. The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s experience in RISD’s dynamic and diverse graduate programs. As in years past, the 28,000-sf space will be custom-constructed, with more than 1,100 linear feet of walls forming a network of smaller galleries. The unique configuration of the large, flexible space provides remarkable opportunities for graduate students to show multiple pieces or large installations from their final thesis projects representing two or three years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and production.

An exhibition of selected works by graduate students from different disciplines will be held at Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery at 169 Weybosset Street. The installation will be on view June 2–4 from 12–5pm.

About Graduate Studies at RISD
Graduate study at RISD offers an immersive, engaging and inspiring opportunity for students to delve deeper into their chosen field and expandtheir approach to creative practice. Students in RISD master’s degree programs work both independently and collaboratively and benefit from a close working relationship with a faculty of practicing artists, designers and scholars committed to supporting an ambitious range of interests and approaches. In addition to inspiring conceptually strong work, professors offer guidance in developing deeply rewarding practices.

About Rhode Island School of Design
Known as the leading college of art and design in the US, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is ranked #1 in Business Insider’s survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools. Approximately 2,450 students from around the world are enrolled in full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 majors. Students value RISD’s accomplished faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on approach to studio-based learning. Required courses in the liberal arts enrich the studio experience, equipping graduates to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Through their creative thinking and problem solving in a broad range of fields, RISD’s 26,000 alumni exemplify the vital role artists and designers play in fueling global innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit and

May 16, 2018


Rhode Island Convention Center , Providence