Conceptually challenging and technically masterful thesis work by students earning graduate degrees in 14 art and design disciplines is on view in RISD’s Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The exhibition, located in Hall A of the Convention Center in the heart of downtown Providence, is free and open to the public daily from 12-5 pm (12-8 pm on May 31, the day of RISD’s Commencement), with an opening reception — also public — on May 20 from 6-8pm. When the exhibition was held in the Convention Center for the first time last year, the public turned out in record numbers, with a total of approximately 3,000 attendees on opening night — more than double the number from previous years.
The selected work represents the culmination of each student’s unique experience in RISD’s diverse, dynamic and demanding graduate programs. The 28,000-square-foot space will again be custom-constructed, 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 from their individual thesis work — the manifestation of several years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and finely honed skills.