Research informs how we acquire works of art, care for the collection, and develop exhibitions. Research helps generate new knowledge and expertise, enhances access, and provides artists and our community with opportunities for sustained collaboration.

Established in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, we interpret our collection with the focus on the maker and we deeply engage with art and artists, presenting ideas and perspectives that can be inspiring and complex. Collaboration with artists, students, and faculty at RISD, Brown, and other area colleges and universities is fundamental to how we research and interpret art and design.