Museums + Galleries

Beyond the academic haven on the hill, Providence is known for being unusually welcoming to artists and the arts, perhaps because so many RISD alumni choose to live in Rhode Island after graduating.

On Campus

  • RISD Museum of Art

    RISD Museum of Art

    Founded at the same time as the college, the museum has grown from a small collection of plaster casts and reproductions to holdings of approximately 84,000 works of art, ranging from antiquity to the present and spanning the globe from Egypt to China, Europe to the Americas, Africa to Oceania. In addition to being an amazing resource for students, the museum serves the local and regional public, and its exhibitions and publications reach a global audience.
  • Sol Koffler Gallery

    Sol Koffler Gallery

    Located on the first floor of the CIT building, the Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery is the primary exhibition space for graduate students at RISD. The fall and Wintersession exhibitions showcase first, second, and third-year graduate work from specific departments.The spring semester is devoted to group exhibitions of graduate students from various departments.

    Sol Koffler Gallery
  • Gelman Gallery

    Gelman Gallery

    Residing in the Chace Center, the Gelman Student Exhibition Gallery and the adjacent Student Media Gallery are devoted to showcasing student-curated exhibitions. This centrally located student exhibition space gets a lot of traffic from both on- and off-campus audiences.

    Gelman Gallery
  • Woods-Gerry Gallery

    Woods-Gerry Gallery

    Located on the first floor of Woods-Gerry Building at 62 Prospect Street, this gallery is a primary undergraduate exhibition space for RISD. Departmental exhibitions make up the schedule for the fall and Wintersession terms. Senior work is exhibited in the spring semester. Please call the gallery at 401 454-6141 for scheduling information.

    Woods-Gerry Gallery
  • Departmental Galleries

    Departmental Galleries

    Many academic departments run galleries that showcase work in specific media. The Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture share the BEB Gallery, Industrial Design has a gallery on the first floor of its building at 161 South Main Street, Graphic Design has a small gallery in the Design Center, Painting runs a gallery in Memorial Hall, Printmaking has the Benson Hall Gallery across the street and Photography maintains the Red Eye Gallery on the fourth floor of the Design Center. All of these venues show student work on a regular basis.


  • AS220


    A thriving nonprofit arts organization that supports four gallery spaces, live/work studios for artists, a community darkroom, and a bar, café and restaurant. One of the more active local arts group/spaces in Providence.
  • The Steel Yard

    The Steel Yard

    An industrial arts space run by a number of RISD alumni and other community arts advocates.
  • RISD works

    RISD works

    A retail gallery and showroom of artwork and products by RISD alumni and faculty. Part store, part gallery. All artistic goodness.
Furniture Design students walk along the riverfront, carrying their projects to class.