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More than 120 RISD artists and designers across 14 disciplines are featured in graduate student showcase of art and design at its very best.

For the second consecutive year, the extraordinary work of more than 120 students receiving master’s degrees from Rhode Island School of Design [RISD] will be on view at the Rhode Island Convention Center in RISD’s Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition. The work of graduate students in painting, industrial design, sculpture, textiles, photography and nine other art and design disciplines will be on exhibit from May 21 – June 1, 2008.

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 6-8 pm. 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.


Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Rhode Island Convention Center, poster


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