Learn about ways to more closely participate, engage, and collaborate with the RISD Museum.

For artists

Artist Fellowship

Local artists are invited to apply for the 2020 artist fellowship. 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.

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Share your vision for activating our collections and exploring artistic materials and processes.

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For Teens

Teen Summer Clubs

In light of COVID-19 the museum is suspending onsite programs indefinitely. However, the museum can still welcome engagement with teens on a digital level. Summer Clubs will meet two to three times a week for 4 weeks. Each club will have a different focus and project outcome. This is a free program open to rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The program will require attendance to virtual conversations. Consistent internet access will be necessary for participation. All art-making materials will be shipped to individual residences. Apply now. Applications open until May 18th, space is limited. 

RISD Art Circle

The RISD Art Circle is a group of high school artists and art enthusiasts who explore the Museum collection and activate the galleries through events, interpretative projects, community collaborations, and hands-on learning activities, inspiring all of us to see the world in a creative way. Meet the 2019-2020 RISD Art Circle.
The group meets most Saturdays from late September to early June from 11 am-2 pm. The application process is competitive and space is limited. Applications for the 2020-2021 RISD Art Circle will open in July 2020. 
For College Students

Dorner Prize

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 January 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.

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Museum Guild

The Museum Guild is a group of undergraduate students from local colleges and universities who work toward representation, inclusion and advocacy for student voices in the museum space. Working as a group and with the guidance of the museum’s Academic Programs staff, they develop projects and programs that highlight student interests and promote diversity and community engagement while creating critical dialogue around the RISD Museum’s collection.  

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RISD THAD Museum Fellowships

In collaboration with RISD’s Theory and History of Art and Design department, the Museum offers selected art history concentrators an opportunity to earn THAD credit working for a semester in a curatorial department or with the Museum’s conservator, depending on departmental needs. This program, administered by THAD, allows students to learn firsthand about the behind-the-scenes activities in the Museum.

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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.

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The RISD Museum’s summer internship programs offer undergraduate and graduate students an introduction to the museum field. Working within one of the Museum’s departments, interns gain in-depth experience in a specialized area of museum work, and participate in group seminars to learn about and discuss the public functions of museums. 

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Learn about full-time summer internships

Learn about the winter/spring 2021 internship



Various departments in the Museum have work/study opportunities for RISD students. Current open positions are listed on RISD’s website.


Spalter Teaching Fellowships

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. Fellows support learning from original works of art and the development critical thinking, problem solving, and creative interpretation. The Spalter Teaching Fellowship is open to RISD and Brown graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds.

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Joan Hall and Mark Weil Conservation Fund Fellowship

The Joan Hall and Mark Weil Conservation Fund Fellowship is a two-year, part-time position working with the museum’s Objects Conservator. The Hall/Weil Fellow will receive professional conservation training to introduce them to the collections care and preventive conservation activities relating to the museum’s permanent collection and will assist the conservator, supporting both the short-term and long-term care of original works of art, including condition reporting, written and digital photo-documentation, dusting and basic cleaning of art, stabilizing of art, preparing art for loan and travel, as well as monitoring works on display and in storage. The Joan Hall and Mark Weil Conservation Fund Fellowship is open to undergraduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds.

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For Teachers

Faculty Research 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.

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Share your vision for activating our collections and exploring artistic materials and processes.

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RISD and the RISD Museum offer a supportive, collegial, and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package.

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