RISD in Rome: Artistic Practice in Public Space
Rome, Italy 2018

RISD Global advocates for cross-cultural learning and exchange as a way to strengthen creative agency. We shape opportunities for engagement with local communities and diverse traditions of making, and support initiatives to address the challenges, meanings, and relevance of art and design in a global context.

Japan: Papermaking and Puppet Theater
Tokushima, Japan 2019
Denmark: Design Seminar and Workshop
Copenhagen, Denmark 2019

RISD Global Snapshot: 2017-2018

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Global Programs

RISD faculty led 23 short- and long-term programs across Asia, South & Central America, Africa, and Europe.

295

Students participated in global learning programs

77% of the RISD and non-RISD students were undergrad, and 33% grad students.

36

Faculty members supported in leadership, research and teaching of global curriculum

Through grants, fellowships, and leadership of global learning programs.

2

New globally engaged partnered initiatives

That connect RISD with makers in Morocco, Portugal, and the Azores over multiple years and across numerous RISD departments.

825

Is this number of times...

RISD Global advised students through 1:1 sessions, group info-session, and orientations and trainings.

2

RISD in Providence and RISD in Rome

RISD in Rome, the Palazzetto Cenci, is home base for a range of teaching and learning experiences: RISD’s European Honors Program and Global Summer Studies.

43

Exchange Partner Schools

Student mobility across 43 leading art and design schools and universities across the world

7

RISD Global Exhibitions

Emerged from global learning programs and took place in Providence, Rome and Morocco.

28

Visiting Delegations

RISD hosted visitors ranging from academic partners, to prospective partners, representatives from NGOs, and members of the diplomatic community across the world.

Mission and Values

Our Mission

To cultivate and elevate art and design discourse on campus and in the world, we promote and advocate for global literacy, learning and exchange by:

  • supporting, facilitating, and catalyzing faculty-initiated research and teaching
  • connecting with global partners to create opportunities for faculty research and teaching
  • advising students on global learning experiences and supporting them abroad
  • organizing exhibitions and colloquium on special topics
  • hosting international guests on campus

RISD Global's mission and work is in support of the RISD Strategic Plan NEXT: RISD 2020-2027.

Our Values

RISD Global values:

  • Reciprocal exchanges of ideas and practices across cultures, borders and languages through dialogue, debate and immersive learning experiences.
  • Global engagements that broaden perspectives, decenter experiences and reframe assumptions.
  • Mobility that connects students, faculty and partners with diverse traditions of, and approaches to, making across the world.

The Global Team

Prior to joining RISD, Gwen was the Assistant Director of the International Program department at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, where she oversaw global research initiatives and projects, which included exchange programs, publications, and seminars.

Gwen holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY focusing on museums and globalism. Gwen has served on the International Committee for the College Art Association (CAA), International Council of Art 21, and is a member of AICAD’s Connectivity and Internationalization Committee.

She teaches courses that address global art history, and she actively chairs and presents on the topic at international conferences. Between 2010 and 2012, Gwen co-chaired a series of CAA conference panels on the historiography of global art histories; she is currently co-authoring a publication on the topic (Wiley Blackwell, 2019).

She received her Master in Mass Communication and New Media in Bologna, Italy and during her career she built a solid international experience working through Europe, USA and Middle East, playing within multiple fields, from Advertisement to Architecture, to Higher Education and Journalism.

She served first as Project Manager of Partnership and Collaboration and then as Director of Entrepreneurship and Career at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) leading private design university in Italy. She managed projects and collaborations with Prada, Versace, Gucci, Ikea, Ferrari, McLaren, LG, Vogue, dealing with many others international brands and contributed in creating links between Industries and Academia.

During her last appointment in Qatar, Middle East, she helped a global renown Italian Architecture studio, Stefano Boeri Architects, to affirm its positioning within the Gulf Region. She also consulted for the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Qatar for business matching event related to design field.

Valeria is directing all RISD programs, courses and activities happening off-campus. She's in charge to ensure the best international teaching and learning experiences for RISD Faculty and students.

Gillian holds an MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a BA in Anthropology and Nonviolence & Peace Studies from University of Rhode Island (URI).

Prior to joining RISD, Gillian lived in Fiji and Switzerland, and worked in support of the Department of State J-1 Work & Travel Program at the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) in Portland, Maine. Gillian also served on the board of Luethi-Peterson Camps (LPC, Inc.), an international children’s summer camp for international understanding. She has worked in secondary and post-secondary education, as an educator and administrator, since 2010.

He has worked as a teacher, non-profit administrator, and freelance artist.

A dual citizen, Josh has always valued the importance of a global outlook and cultural exchange. He believes that travel not only educates you about other cultures but educates you about your own. He is passionate about social justice and the importance of combining diversity with inclusion.

Growing up on Prince Edward Island, Canada, Josh attended a French immersion program in elementary school. Since then he has taken German, Latin and Irish Gaelic. While attending the University of Toronto, he spent a summer abroad studying Visual Arts and Italian Literature at the Università degli Studi di Siena. It was a transformative experience and would ultimately lead to him attending RISD to study illustration years later. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RISD.

Faculty Committees

RISD Global Committee

The GPP Committee advises Academic Affairs in matters concerning planning and the development of policy for academic global activities at RISD.

The committee works towards

  • Advocating for RISD’s global engagement among faculty and students.
  • Maintaining a clear view of the School’s academic global engagements.
  • Reviewing and making recommendations about new academic programs and partnerships primarily focused on global engagement.
  • Recommending ways to strengthen and create greater access to RISD global learning opportunities for both students and faculty.

European Honors Program Committee

The European Honors Program Committee selects the Chief Critic, student participants, and critics. The committee also makes policy recommendations and advocates for EHP.

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Berlin, Germany

Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design
Erfurt, Germany

Fachhochschule Erfurt: University of Applied Sciences

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture
Jerusalem, Israel

Bezalel Academy of Art & Design

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Apparel; Ceramics; Glass; Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Photography
Stuttgart, Germany

Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Interior Architecture
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Seika University (KSU)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Painting; Printmaking; Textiles
Munich, Germany

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture
Prague, Czech Republic

The Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design (AAAD / UMPRUM)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Barcelona, Spain

Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria (ELISAVA)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Photography
Cologne, Germany

Köln International School of Design (KISD)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design
London, United Kingdom

Chelsea College of Art

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Textiles
Lausanne, Switzerland

University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Photography
Geneva, Switzerland

HEAD Geneva

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture
Dublin, Ireland

National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Ceramics; Glass; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Printmaking; Sculpture; Textiles
Milan, Italy

Politecnico di Milano

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Furniture; Industrial Design
Sèvres, France

Strate School of Design

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Industrial Design
Zürich, Switzerland

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Painting; Photography; Sculpture
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Industrial Design; Furniture
Helsinki, Finland

Aalto University: School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Glass; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Photography; Textiles
Tokyo, Japan

Tama Art University (TAU)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Illustration
Paris, France

École Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Painting; Sculpture
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Industrial Design; Painting; Photography; Sculpture; Textiles
Madrid, Spain

Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM/UPM)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture
Seoul, South Korea

Ewha Womans University

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Painting; Sculpture; Textiles
Paris, France

French National School for Advanced Studies in Design (ENSCi Les Ateliers)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Industrial Design; Textiles
Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow School of Art

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture; Textiles
Basel, Switzerland

Academy of Art and Design (HGK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Graphic Design
The Hauge, Netherlands

Royal Academy of Art the Hague (KABK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Photography; Textiles
Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Graphic Design; Interior Architecture; Painting; Sculpture
Beijing, China

Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture
Utrecht, Netherlands

Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Illustration; Graphic Design; Photography; Sculpture
Stockholm, Sweden

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Ceramics; Furniture; Glass; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Painting; Sculpture; Textiles
Tallinn, Estonia

Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Ceramics; Glass; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture; Textiles
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg University, Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Ceramics; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Textiles
Monterrey, Mexico

La Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture
Santiago, Chile

Universidad UNIACC (University for the Arts, Sciences, and Communication)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Apparel; Architecture; Film/Animation/Video; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Photography; Textiles
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture
Sydney, Australia

Sydney College of Art, University of Sydney

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Glass; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Printmaking; Sculpture
Ahmedabad, India

National Institute of Design (NID)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Glass; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture; Textiles
Melbourne, Australia

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Graphic Design; Interior Architecture; Photography; Textiles
Canberra, Australia

Australian National University, School of Art & Design (ANU)

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Ceramics; Film/Animation/Video; Furniture; Glass; Jewelry & Metalsmithing; Painting; Photography; Sculpture
Wellington, New Zealand

Victoria University of Wellington

2020
Global Exchange and AICAD
Architecture; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture
Adelaide, Australia

AUSTRALIA - Witness Tree Project: Memory, Place and Cultural Ecology

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Furniture; History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Spring 2020

Spring 2020
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Paris, France

FRANCE - Photography in Paris

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Tokyo, Japan

JAPAN - Papers, Temples & Print

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; Theory and History of Art and Design
Oaxaca, Mexico

MEXICO - Color, Mestizaje & Design Futures

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Textiles
Mexico City, Mexico

MEXICO - Pre-Columbian to Contemporary: Architecture & Crafts

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Theory and History of Art and Design; History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
Oaxaca, Mexico

MEXICO - Material Propositions: Oaxaca

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Fall 2019

Fall 2019
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Rome, Italy; Florence, Italy; Orvieto, Italy; Assisi, Italy

RISD in ROME: Illustrating Dante's Inferno

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Illustration
Hoedspruit, South Africa

South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Liberal Arts Elective
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark: Design Seminar and Workshop

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Furniture
Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy

RISD in ROME: Drinking, the Italian Way - Re-Evaluating the Vessel

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Industrial Design
Kyoto, Japan; Tokushima, Japan

Japan: Papermaking and Puppet Theater

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Printmaking
Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Ribeira Grande, Portugal

Azores: Walk and Work with Wood

Summer 2019
Summer Studies Travel Course
Architecture; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture
Seoul, South Korea

Of House and Home: Rethinking-Reworking, a Century of Korean Housing 1910-2010

Spring 2019
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Spring 2019

Spring 2019
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Surama, Guyana; Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana: Exploring Art and Science of Bio Diversity in Guyana

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Literary Arts & Studies
Tokyo, Japan; Tokushima, Japan

Japan: Papers, Temples and Print

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; History of Art & Visual Culture
Lisbon, Portugal; Sines, Portugal; Évora, Portugal; Mértola, Portugal; Faro, Portugal

Portugal: Mapping Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Interior Architecture; Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy

Italy: See Naples and Die: Panorama and the Poetics of City

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture; Literary Arts & Studies
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; History of Art & Visual Culture
Munich, Germany; Weiden, Germany

Germany: Advanced Studio - Crystal Clear

Fall 2018
Global Field Trip
Industrial Design
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Providence, United States

Where is Africa?

Academic Year 2018
Global Faculty Fellowship
Architecture; RISD Global; RISD Museum
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Fall 2018

Fall 2018
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo: Bike Building

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
Industrial Design
Rome, Italy

RISD in ROME: Artistic Practice in Public Space

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
Graphic Design
Hoedspruit, South Africa

South Africa: Art and Science of Conservation

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Liberal Arts Elective
Burren, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Aran Islands, Ireland

Ireland: Illustrating Irish Myths and Legends in the Burren

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
Illustration
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark: Danish Design Workshop

Summer 2018
Summer Studies Travel Course
Furniture
Lisbon, Portugal; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Providence, United States

Resources and Places: Focus Portugal

Academic Year 2018
Multi-year Initiative
Architecture; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Zanzibar, Tanzania

East Africa: Between Content and Container Vol. 3

Spring 2018
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Boisbuchet, France

France: From Horizontal to Vertical

Spring 2018
Global Field Trip
Architecture; Interior Architecture; Textiles
Casablanca, Morocco; Fez, Morocco; Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco: Advanced Studio - Pattern | Performance | Clay

Spring 2018
Global Field Trip
Architecture; Ceramics; Interior Architecture
Malmö, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark

Sweden and Denmark: Beyond Borders - Designing Resiliency for the Urban Landscape

Spring 2018
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Spring 2018

Spring 2018
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal: Material Practices

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture; Industrial Design; Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Haida Gwaii, Canada; Vancouver, Canada

Canada: Haida Made

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Furniture
Venice, Italy; Perugia, Italy; Florence, Italy

Italy: Renaissance Painting Techniques/Perugia to Venice

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Illustration; History of Art & Visual Culture
Kyoto, Japan; Naoshima, Japan

Japan: Contemporary Works and Their Execution

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture; Ceramics
Fez, Morocco

Morocco: Crafting the City

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Interior Architecture; History of Art & Visual Culture; Ceramics
Monterrey, Mexico

Mexico: Un-Wall the Border

Fall 2017
Global Field Trip
Architecture
Rome, Italy

European Honors Program - Fall 2017

Fall 2017
European Honors Program
RISD Global
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Jujuy, Misiones

Argentina: Hi/Low Tech

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Interdisciplinary Studies
Havana, Cuba; Trinidad, Cuba

Cuba: Print & History

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; History of Art & Visual Culture
Surama, Guyana; Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana: Art & Science

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Venice, Italy

Italy: (In)Visible Venice

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Non Major Studio Elective
Torino, Italy; Bologna, Italy; San Miniato, Italy

Italy: Shoe Design and Prototyping

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Apparel
Rome, Italy

Italy: Travel Rome

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Osaka, Japan; Shikoku Island, Japan

Japan: Paper, Temples, Prints

Winter 2017
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; History of Art & Visual Culture
Fez, Morocco; Casablanca, Morocco; Providence, United States

Crafting the City: Focus Morocco

Academic Year 2017
Multi-year Initiative
Architecture; Ceramics; Interior Architecture; Theory and History of Art and Design
Isfahan, Iran; Havana, Cuba; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Lima, Peru; Ahmedabad, India

Global Futures Lab

Academic Year 2016
Global Faculty Fellowship
Industrial Design
Osaka, Japan; Shikoku Island, Japan

Japan: Papermaking, Temples and Prints

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
History of Art & Visual Culture
Turin, Italy; Milan, Italy; Providence, Italy

Italy: Shoe Design and Prototyping

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
Apparel; Industrial Design
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Northern Visions

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2016
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Havana, Cuba

Researching Cuba: Print and History

Summer 2015
Global Engagement for Curriculum Development Grant
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Printmaking