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

For artists

RISD Museum Research Residency for Artists
(previously known as the Artist Fellowship)

Local artists and designers are invited to apply for the 2022 RISD Museum Research Residency for Artists. 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. Please note: housing and/or studio space is not provided.

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

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For Teens

Summer 2021 Creative Jam Sessions

Take a break from summer classes, jobs, etc. to nurture your creative side. Join other creative peers in a jam session of artistic exercises and experiments. These 45-minute adventures will be happening throughout the summer at times that work best for you. The ideas and thoughts generated in each session will result in a custom package of materials and supplies sent to you to get your art-making on!

No art-making experience is necessary. All skills welcome. These are free virtual sessions open to rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Please fill out the application so we can design sessions in response to what is creatively and artistically interesting to you. 

The application for this program is closed however if you are interested in participating please email museumyouth@risd.edu regarding availability. 

Presented by Chase. 

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 2020-2021 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 2021-2022 RISD Art Circle will open in July 2021. 
For College Students

Dorner Prize

Annually RISD undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit proposals for temporary, site-specific projects at the RISD Museum. These artistic interventions may take the form of physical, digital, or programmatic encounters, that examine or critique the Museum’s historical and contemporary contexts, collections, architectural idiosyncrasies, habits of visitation, and/or web presence.
Two winners, selected by a jury, receive cash prizes and implementation funds. Proposals are due in early February and winning projects are on view during the spring semester.

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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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Summer Internships

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 discuss museum practice, build professional skills for working in the arts, and learn about how museums live up to their missions.

Learn about part-time summer internships

Learn about full-time summer internships


Academic Year Internship

In collaboration with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the museum will offer a part-time spring semester internship to a RISD undergraduate student of color interested in the museum field. This program offers an introduction to curatorial and conservation work in the area of costume & textiles, as well as professional development experience that includes a trip to the Southeast US with Foundation staff and interns at other museums across the country. 

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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.


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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