Working individually or in small teams, students gain valuable curatorial experience by proposing, planning and mounting group exhibitions at this venue and the Dryfoos Gallery for new media housed within it. Students whose exhibition proposals are accepted work with guidance from RISD professionals to handle every aspect of bringing a show to fruition.

Prime location

Located on the second floor of the Chace Center, the Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery and the Dryfoos Gallery for new media within it are at the heart of campus both literally and figuratively. The galleries offer unparalleled learning opportunities for students along with ideal space for showcasing student work and making it readily accessible to museum visitors and other members of the general public.

Open invitation to curate

Each year all undergraduates and graduate students are invited to submit individual or team proposals for group exhibitions in either the Gelman or Dryfoos galleries.

RISD’s director of Campus Exhibitions reviews proposals along with an oversight committee that includes representatives from the Student Gallery Board.

Once the concept for an exhibition is approved, each student curator or team works with the gallery staff to select the work, design the exhibition, prepare supporting written material, hang the show, publicize it and host the opening reception.

Campus location and contact info

Chace Center, 2nd floor
20 North Main Street
Providence, RI

Gallery desk: 401 709-8660
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm

Past exhibitions

Pure as a Seagull’s Belly

Dec 1, 2017 – Jan 31, 2018

Curated by Christian Berman MFA 18 PT and Marisa Adesman MFA 18 PT

Our America: Critical Perspectives on Americana

Apr 28 – Jun 4, 2017

Curated by Aaron Simmons MID 18 and Anna McNeary MFA 18 PR

Mutual Encounters

Mar 17 – Apr 23, 2017

Curated by Anina Major MFA 17 CR and Vanessa Nieto Romero MFA 17 PR

Vertical Horizons

Feb 18 – Mar 12, 2017

Curated by Rachel Arena 17 FAV, Maria Ferreira 17 FAV/GD and Jack Gray 17 FAV

Vernacular Spectacular

Dec 2, 2016 – Jan 29, 2017

Curated by Cem Eskinazi MFA 17 GD and Drew Litowitz MFA 17 GD

intimacy queered

Oct 14 – Nov 27, 2016

Curated by Yannick Stevens 17 SC and Leah Aegerter 17 SC


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