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 2019 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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For Teens

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 2018-2019 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 2019-2020 RISD Art Circle are now open. 
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 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. Apply through September 13, 2017. For more information, contact Academic Programs.

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RISD THAD Museum Fellows

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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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.

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

For Teachers

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.

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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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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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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.