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RISD in Rome

Since 1960, RISD has maintained its site in Rome as a space for interdisciplinary exchange and immersive learning. As the first US art and design school with a significant presence in Italy, RISD in Rome has educated over 1,800 students and engaged with institutions across the city, country and Europe for 6 decades.

Today, RISD in Rome serves as a home base for a range of immersive teaching and learning experiences, including RISD’s European Honors Program, Global Summer Studies and Wintersession Travel Courses. The site, located in the Palazzetto Cenci, creates a vibrant space for interdisciplinary exchange and experimentation, faculty research, exhibitions, symposia, and convenings.

In an ever-evolving global landscape, the need for experimental approaches, thoughtful critique, and immersive cultural exchange remains urgent. At our site, the city of Rome becomes studio, environment, and inspiration with an ever-growing network of partners invigorating our space and programming. Courses and studios are created by rotating RISD faculty-in-residence, enriched through engagement with our partners and local artists and designers, and activated through the work of our students.

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From the 1960's to Now

RISD in Rome was founded in 1960 by RISD faculty members including Gilbert Franklin, Department Head of Sculpture and Chairman of Fine Arts, and under the direction of President John R. Frazier. Housed in the Palazzetto Cenci, a 16th-century noble home within walking distance of the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, the site is home to our semester pre-graduation residency program for juniors and seniors, the European Honors Program, as well as RISD Global Travel Courses in Wintersession (Jan/Feb) and Summer (Jun/Jul).

RISD in Rome engages partners across the city of Rome through exhibitions, symposia, panel discussions, performances, and other events and activities. Recently, RISD in Rome has partnered with the American Academy, Rome (AAR) and MAXXI to co-host a series of panels and a film screening with RISD alumna Shahzia Sikander, collaborated with RISD's Global Faculty Fellow, Paolo Cardini, MAXXI, Galleria Uno Su Nove and partners across the world to host a think tank, symposium, and exhibition, and with many other art and design organizations on exhibitions and performance-based events.

Programs at RISD in Rome

European Honors Program

Founded in 1960, RISD's European Honors Program (EHP) is a unique art and design pre-graduation residency-style program that welcomes a select group of students from all RISD departments at RISD’s site in Rome.

Global Summer Studies

RISD Global Summer Studies are 3-week art and design travel courses, led by RISD faculty, that are designed to broaden perspectives, de-center experiences, and reframe assumptions by exploring the intersections of crafts, art, and design as they have manifested around the world.

Wintersession Travel Courses

RISD Wintersession Travel Courses are rich, short-term global learning opportunities, led by RISD faculty, that take place for up to 5 weeks between fall and spring semesters.


He holds degrees in Political Science, Università di Perugia, and in D.A.M.S., Università di Bologna. While in University, Ezio wrote a thesis on a walking experience between Assisi and Bologna, Italy. Today, he leads EHP students on walking art history tours of Rome and across Italy. He is the recipient of the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in teaching. Outside of his teaching and leadership role at RISD in Rome, Ezio has curated exhibitions, published catalogs, research articles and books on Mediaeval Musical Iconography, Renaissance Grotesque imagery, 19th and 20th century art and artists and, most recently, on the pervasive neo-mediaeval restoration of his hometown, Assisi, in 1926. Prior to joining RISD, Ezio also worked in Irpinia, Italy as a volunteer following the 1980 earthquake.

She is interested in the intersection of design and policy and served in 2003–04 as special advisor on sustainable development in the Office for Commonwealth Development (OCD) in Massachusetts, a post that combined the executive offices of environment, energy, housing and transportation. At the OCD she led two signature efforts: the Sustainable Development Principles and the Transit Oriented Development Initiative. With Doug Foy, Tate negotiated the settlement that unlocked development for 145 acres of prime waterfront land in Somerville, MA. She now co-chairs the Citizen Advisory Committee in Somerville. Her current project, Urban Eden, illustrates what our cities could be like if we were to build in partnership with nature.

Tate earned the AIAYoung Architects Award for Community Service and first place in the Progressive Architecture design competition for affordable housing. In addition to teaching at RISD, she has lectured at Yale, Harvard and Princeton.

Erin grew up in southern New Jersey and graduated from RISD in 2007 with a BFA in Illustration and a Concentration in the History of Art and Visual Culture. She attended EHP from 2006-2007, the duration of her senior year.
Prior to relocating from Brooklyn to Rome in 2019, Erin participated in residencies in Catalonia, New Mexico, and Lake George, New York. From 2011-2013 she extensively photographed Barcelona's rapidly changing Chinatown neighborhood. The resulting body of work, El Raval, was exhibited across the United States and in Berlin, and earned her a finalist nomination for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award in the People, Culture, and Daily Life category as well as an invitation to participate in PhotoEspaña's Descubrimientos week in Madrid, Spain.

She moved with her family to Italy in 2002. Since 2006, Rodica is the Custodian for the RISD in Rome site and facilities where she ensures the well-being and maintenance of the spaces RISD faculty, students, and programs engage each day.


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