Updates from the Library

Whitehill Chong Essay Published

Laurie Whitehill Chong’s (Special Collections Librarian/Curator of Artists’ Books) essay entitled “Word Antics” was included in the exhibition catalog “Ruth Laxson: Hip Young Owl,” a retrospective of nearly 50 years of prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, performance art, mail art, and artist’s books created by this important Atlanta artist. The exhibition was held January 26 – […]

Fleet Library Lauded as “Amazing” and “Historically Significant”

The RISD Fleet Library, which was established in 1878 and moved into the first two floors of the former Rhode Island Hospital Trust bank in 2006, was  named one of the “most amazing university libraries in the world,” by BestMastersPrograms.org. The Library houses 140,000 books, 685,000 images and sound recordings, 1,200 rare artists books and […]

Fleet Library receives $50,000 IMLS Grant

The Fleet Library is the recipient of a $50,000 National Forum Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) to hold a symposium titled Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries. To be held from June 6-8 2013, this unprecedented summit will unite international stakeholders, including artists, architects and designers, […]

Fleet Library receives $50,000 IMLS National Forum Grant

The Fleet Library is the recipient of a $50,000 National Forum Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) to hold a symposium titled Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries. To be held from June 6-8 2013, this unprecedented summit will unite international stakeholders, including artists, architects and designers, […]

Fleet Library Awarded National Leadership Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the 52 recipients of their National Leadership Grants. The grants are intended to “advance the museum, library, and archive professions through new research and the creation and dissemination of innovative tools, models and activities that can be shared broadly,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. The RISD […]

Summer 2012 Library Project: Material Resource Center

This summer the Slide Library on the the second floor of 15 Westminster will be closed as the area will be under construction to accommodate the Material Resource Center, a project partly funded with a Champlin Foundations grant. The construction  is focused on one main event, the removal of the wall on the second floor […]

The Puppets Have Arrived exhibit

“The Puppets Have Arrived!” is an extraordinary exhibit of Chinese puppets on view through September 26 at the Fleet Library at RISD. The puppets in the exhibit are part of the Ella V. Bowering Collection which was augmented by Judith Funkhouser, Rhode Island School of Design class 1963, her daughter.  Anyone who knew Judith at the […]