Graduate Thesis Exhibition


The work presented in this expansive exhibition represents the culmination of each student's unique experience in RISD’s diverse, dynamic and demanding graduate programs. The 28,000 square-foot space of the Convention Center hall is custom-constructed each year with more than 1,500 linear feet of walls forming a network of smaller galleries. This arrangement provides students ample space, allowing each the opportunity to showcase multiple pieces or large installations from their individual thesis work – the manifestation of two or three years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and finely honed skills. 

Students from RISD’s 16 discipline-specific master’s degree programs in three divisions: architecture, fine arts, and design are represented in this engaging and encompassing exhibition.


Current Exhibition: 


Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2016
May 27-June 4, 2016, opening reception May 26, 6-8pm      
Show open daily from 12-5, 10am-6pm on June 4th (RISD Commencement day)


Past Exhibitions: 

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2015
May 20-30, 2015

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2014
May 16-31, 2014

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2013
May 17-June 1, 2013

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2012
May 18-June 2, 2012

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2011
May 20-June 4, 2011

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2010
May 21-June 5, 2010

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2009
May 15-30, 2009

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2008
May 21-June 1, 2008

Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2007
May 17-June 2, 2007


Exhibitions Office Staff

Mark Moscone
Director of Exhibitions
401 454-6141

Andrew Gunnar Norquist
Exhibitions Coordinator
401 454-6140

Kevin Hughes
Gallery Installation, Preparation and Documentation Coordinator
401 709-8639

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