A Museum message: to faculty

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year!

This past fall, the faculty mined the Museum’s collection in some uniquely inspiring ways. Sheida Soleimani used lithographs by Robert Pruitt as motivation for the creation of propaganda posters by her RISD Foundations students. Ron Pearl’s Motion Design students experimented with ideas of affective and (literally) moving graphic design using works in the collection as their muses.

During the 2016-17 academic year, the Museum plans to bring the 5th floor European Galleries up to fire code. These galleries will be closed. The majority of the paintings and sculpture will be relocated and installed as open and accessible storage in the Chace Gallery. As you prepare for next academic year, we are happy to help you creatively approach this temporary shift in our presentation of the collection. Contact us at museum-academic@risd.edu.

Join curators and educators for an Academic Open House on Thursday, February 25, 8:30-9:30 am. Discuss object-based learning, your teaching goals, and brainstorm potential links to work in the galleries.

We are excited to work with you using art as a tool for intellectual inquiry. Please contact us and introduce yourself at an upcoming program.

Looking forward to an inspiring and productive 2016.


Deborah Clemons
Assistant Director, Public and Academic Programs

S. Hollis Mickey
Associate Educator, Public and Academic Programs

Course Booking

Gallery spaces are booking quickly. Please use this form to arrange self-guided gallery visits. Study center access and details on other types of connections can be found here, under “College & University Group Visits.”

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RISD professors Doug Scott and Robert Brinkerhoff offer perspectives on the collection in [1 : 1], the Museum’s new video series.

For Your Students

Spalter Teaching Fellowships

Open to RISD and Brown graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds, Spalter Teaching Fellows are trained as RISD Museum educators to teach youth ages 5 to 18 during guided visits. Fellows receive $5000 per academic year and must commit to a two-year fellowship.


The Museum’s summer internships offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain professional experience. Working within one of the Museum’s departments, interns receive an honorarium and contribute to timely projects.

Learn more

For Your Calendar
Spring 2015 programs

Artist Talk: Jesse Burke
January 21, 5:45 pm

Photographer and RISD critic Burke and his daughter talk about the exhibition Jesse Burke: Wild & Precious.

Artist Development Series:
Writing About Your Work
January 30, 2 pm

Jen Liese, director, RISD Writing Center, and Lauren Faria, RISD Museum grant writer, discuss writing artist statements and crafting grant applications.

Double Take: Marble Sculpture
January 31, 3 pm

Sculptor Elizabeth Lind and Anne Hunnell Chen, visiting assistant professor at Brown, discuss the Portrait of Agrippina the Younger.

Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading
February 7, 1 pm

Critique and Conversation
February 18, 6 pm

Facilitated conversation on works of art in the Museum, followed by critical dialogue about ideas relevant to contemporary creative practice.

Academic Open House
February 25, 8:30 am

Discuss object-based learning and teaching goals with curators and educators.

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