Through generous funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, the RISD Museum is pleased to offer an artist fellowship for 2018. One selected artist will receive a stipend of $10,000, professional-development support, and the opportunity to work closely with the Museum’s collections and staff members to realize a proposed project.
RISD Art Circle
The RISD Art Circle (RAC) is a group of high school artists and art enthusiasts who explore the RISD Museum collection and activate the Museum galleries through events, interpretative projects, community collaborations, and hands-on learning activities, inspiring all of us to see the world in a creative way. The group meets most Saturdays from late September to early June from 11 am-2 pm.
Applications will be open through July 30. Apply here.
Click here learn more about past RISD Art Circle members.
Summer Teen Intensive
July 10-15 & 17-21
This 11-day intensive program fully immerses high school students in the RISD Museum, art, and the creative experience. Participants spend two weeks surrounded by artists, designers, and fellow creative thinkers as they examine works of art and design from across time and cultures and respond through art-making, writing, and discussion. They explore the RISD Museum’s galleries and learn how artists, educators, and curators work. No art-making experience is necessary—we are looking for intellectually curious students interested in developing an expansive understanding of what it means to be creative. The application process is competitive and space is limited. Applications close May 5.
College and University Students
RISD students are invited to submit Dorner Prize proposals for temporary, site-specific projects at the RISD Museum. This artistic intervention can take the form of a physical, digital, or programmatic encounter, and can examine, critique, or celebrate the Museum’s collections, architectural idiosyncrasies, habits of visitation, and or/web presence. Two winners receive cash prizes and implementation funds. Submissions are due in October and winning proposals are on view during the spring term. The Dorner Prize, named for distinguished RISD Museum director Alexander Dorner (tenure 1938–1941), is made possible by a generous anonymous gift.
The Museum Guild is a group of undergraduate students from local colleges and universities who are advocates and ambassadors for the RISD Museum and interpreters of its collection and exhibitions. Working as a group and with the guidance of the Associate Educator, Public & Academic Programs, Guild members explore questions of current relevance at the Museum, developing projects and programs that activate the galleries and connect students and faculty to the Museum. For more information, contact Academic Programs.
RISD HAVC Museum Fellows
In collaboration with RISD’s History of Art and Visual Culture department, the Museum offers selected art history concentrators an opportunity to earn HAVC credit working for a semester in a curatorial department or with the Museum’s conservator, depending on departmental needs. This program, administered by HAVC, allows students to learn firsthand about the behind-the-scenes activities in the Museum.
RISD Graduate Research Assistantships in the RISD Museum
The Museum participates in RISD’s Graduate Studies Research Assistantship program, allowing selected graduate students to work in the Museum for the academic year. Openings vary and usually range from curatorial to museum education, installation, digital content, and graphic design, providing students insight into potential career paths in museums. Graduate Studies administers the program.
Spalter Teaching Fellowship
The Spalter Teaching Fellowship is open to RISD and Brown graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Spalter Teaching Fellows are trained as RISD Museum educators and are responsible for teaching and working with children and youth ages 5 to 18. They undergo rigorous training with the Museum’s educators who introduce them to the Museum’s collection and pedagogy. Spalter Teaching Fellows receive $5000 per academic year and must commit to a two-year fellowship for up to 8 hours per week.
Summer Internship Program
The RISD Museum’s summer internships offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain professional experience. Working within one of the Museum’s departments, interns receive an honorarium and contribute to timely projects to learn about the various activities that take place in the Museum. Participants receive a stipend and arrange for academic credit at their home institutions.
Learn about part-time internships
Learn about full-time internships
Various departments in the Museum have work/study opportunities for RISD students. Current open positions are listed on RISD’s website.
College and University Faculty
Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowships
Together with RISD Academic Affairs, the Museum offers interested RISD faculty a limited number of two-year fellowships as residents in a curatorial department. The fellowships provide faculty members across disciplines the opportunity for in-depth research in the collection to enhance their work and teaching practices. They also provide an avenue for engaging in the day-to-day life of the Museum, including working with fellow faculty to select objects for classes and with students, faculty, and the general public to facilitate object-based learning.
Andrew W. Mellon Teaching Fellowships
The RISD Museum and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology invite interested RISD and Brown University faculty to apply for one-year Teaching Fellowships as part of a collaborative project, Assemblages, funded by the Mellon Foundation, focusing on the evolving field of object-based teaching and research. Two fellowships are available (one from each institution) in this cycle (for Fellows in academic year 2016-17).
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RISD and the RISD Museum offer a supportive, collegial, and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package.
Our Special Events Department has frequent volunteer opportunities; those interested in volunteering at public and private Museum events may contact the manager of special events.