A History of Creative Experimentation
From its incorporation on
March 22, 1877, Rhode Island School of Design has stood out as a leader in art
and design education, attracting extraordinary people who thrive in its
creative culture. As one of the first colleges of its kind in the country –
founded simultaneously with the RISD Museum of Art – it has always been
something of a maverick.
RISD was founded and nurtured by women – more than 40
years before women in America even gained the right to vote. In 1877, the 34
members of the Rhode Island Women’s Centennial Commission voted to invest their
group’s surplus funding of $1,675 in founding Rhode Island School of Design. In doing so, they not only embarked on a radical experiment, but set the school's tone for
challenging assumptions that continues to this day.