Throughout the year hundreds of renowned artists, designers, scholars and others visit RISD to speak and share their work. Their talks, along with a range of performances, openings and other special events, are open to the entire campus community and often the general public, too.

Upcoming events

Feb 18

Grad Workshop | Thinking Through Thesis

3 pm | Fleet Library (Main)

The last in a series of workshops designed to break down the written thesis book process into approachable pieces, open up new avenues for expression and align thesis writing with studio work. Open to all graduate students. Led by the Center for Arts & Language Grad Assistant Marcus Peabody MFA 19 GD, this session will offer a guided tour of exemplary thesis books and offer how-to exercises and printing resources.

Feb 21

Student Workshop | Financial Literacy for Students

6 pm | Met

We will be looking at Understanding Credit in this month’s financial literacy session. Credit is a significant element of your financial identity. Learn how it impacts your daily life.

Feb 22

Visiting Architects | Lecture & Book Signing

6 pm | BEB (Bayard Ewing Building)

Architects Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of the firm WORKac (WORK Architecture Company) present a lecture and exhibition and sign copies of their new book, We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge, which surveys the projects that define WORKac as one of the most progressive and playful architecture firms in practice today. Structured as a conversation between the two partners, the book alternates between explorations of seminal projects and discussions framing a series of issues that are key to their work. The book follows the firm’s career over the course of three Five-Year Plans (Say Yes to Everything, Make No Medium-Sized Plans, Stuff the Envelope), examining the relationships between work and life, and the limits and opportunities of collaborative creativity and practice.

Feb 22

Opening Reception | RISD Faculty Exhibition and Forum

6 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Feb 28

Visiting Artists | Jennifer & Kevin McCoy | Graduate Painting Department

4 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Jennifer & Kevin McCoy’s multimedia artworks examine the genres and conventions of filmmaking, memory and language. They are well known for constructing subjective databases of narrative material and making fragmentary miniature film sets with lights, video cameras, and moving sculptural elements to create live cinematic events.

Mar 2

MLK Keynote | An Evening with Roxane Gay

7 pm | RISD Auditorium

Writing across a range of genres, Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose reflective, no-holds-barred social criticism has brought her to the forefront of contemporary thought. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is considered an essential exploration of modern feminism. National Public Radio named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her debut novel, An Untamed State, was long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Gay released her highly anticipated memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, as well as a collection of short stories titled Difficult Women. An associate professor of English at Purdue University, Gay is also a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times. She has served as co-editor of PANK magazine and formerly was the nonfiction editor at The Rumpus. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nation and many other publications. In writing the World of Wakanda series for Marvel Comics’ Black Panther universe, Gay became the first black woman ever to write a comic for Marvel. Tickets will be available to RISD students, staff and faculty beginning on Monday, Feb. 19. Remaining tickets will be available to the general public beginning on Thursday, Feb. 22. All tickets will be issued through Eventbrite.