Glass Masters Theses


RISD Glass promotes the development of glass in contemporary art and is a leader in preparing artists for careers in this field. MFA students develop a distinctly personal aesthetic through source research, vigorous studio experimentation, regular critiques and a series of graduate seminars on contemporary art theory and criticism. RISD’s Glass faculty - a highly respected group of practicing artists and dedicated educators - help students to hone practices that demonstrate a deep understanding of both contemporary art issues and the rich history of art and glass.

In the final semester, degree candidates create a comprehensive body of work under the guidance of a thesis committee. All Glass MFA candidates produce a written thesis and mount an independent exhibition off campus in addition to participating in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Creative Commons License


Theses/Dissertations from 2017


Multiple and moving, Maia Chao


How long can you hold your breath?, Felicia LeRoy


Perceptual alchemy, Evan Voelbel

Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Through magic glasses, Katie Bullock


Miles away, Ziqing Liang