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The online press office features RISD Museum news, full press kits for exhibitions and select events, and information about photography and filming in the Museum.

RISD Museum Press Office staff members are happy to answer your press inquiries, assist with images, or make arrangements for your visit to the Museum. Journalists and editors can contact the Press Office at or 401 709 8513.

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Press Announcements


New Exhibitions

The RISD Museum announces admission fee changes: Free admission to those under 18

Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now explores the vital role of drawing as a continual and active process of discovery. Seventy works from the British Museum’s world-renowned collection examine the many ways thinking on paper has taken form across continents and centuries.

Designer Todd Oldham selects RISD Museum for first major exhibition of his 1990s runway fashions, opens April 8, 2016

Wild & Precious photographs by RISD alumnus Jesse Burke opens January 22, 2016

Drawing Conclusions explores narrative in contemporary art, opens January 22, 2016

Swagged and Poufed: The Upholstered Body in the Late 19th Century and Today opens January 22, 2016

Julien Prévieux: What Shall We Do Next and Patterns of Life addresses movement in technology and innovation, opens May 27, 2016

RISD Museum and Brown’s Haffenreffer Museum collaborate in Whirling Return of the Ancestors: Egungun Masquerade Ensembles of the Yoruba, opens July 15, 2016.


RISD Museum announces new staff and 2018 Artist Fellow

RISD Museum and Bolt Coffee announce the June 2016 opening of Café Pearl

RISD Museum appoints Artist Fellows, Nancy Prophet Fellow

David Rockefeller gives RISD Museum $2.5M gift to support decorative arts and design

Bank of America names RISD Museum a 2014 Art Conservation Project grant recipient, Wifredo Lam’s The Eternal Presence to be restored

Mellon Foundation grant initiates RISD Museum, Haffenreffer Museum collaboration

Praise for the RISD Museum

Among “20 Must-See Art Museums in America,” featuring “one of New England’s best art collections” — Fodor’s Travel

Visiting the RISD Museum “could easily consume an entire day”
New York Times “36 Hours in Providence”

Best University Art Museum in America — Architectural Digest

“Impressive.” — BBC Travel

“Cool museum.” — Los Angeles Times

“Way more impressive than you’d expect a midsize university museum to be.” — GQ

“Get a crash course in art history, from antiquity to the present day … Highlights include the Louvre-inspired display of 17th- and 18th-century canvases, and the modern and contemporary galleries where paintings, photography, fashion and furniture are wonderfully juxtaposed.” — Wall Street Journal

“The Met and RISD Are Among Museums Redisplaying Antiquities”
New York Times

“An impressive collection, including a trove of American decorative arts displayed in a 1906 wing modeled after a Federal-style residence.”
Architectural Digest

“The RISD Museum is not just a great university museum, or a great small museum, or a great community museum, or a great regional museum. The RISD Museum is a great museum, period, and the stunning renovation of these galleries proves that. It is a crowning achievement, capping off a more than century old commitment to bringing the best in museum programming not only to the university community, but also to the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island.”
Big Red & Shiny review of new galleries for ancient Egyptian art, Asian art, and costume and textiles

“Renovated galleries at RISD Museum cast ancient treasures in new light” — Providence Journal

Among the “50 Coolest Museums” in the world — Complex magazine

“This museum offers guests a look into the past, present, and future of creatives around the world.” — Town & Country

“This is serious business, the collection starts with the Egyptians and travels all the way to Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained-glass windows, and is not to be missed.” — Yahoo! Travel

“Is there any question why the museum is winning this prize for the 17th consecutive year?” — Providence Phoenix reader’s pick winner for “Best Museum” 2014

“Institutions can be smart and substantive and still be sexy. The RISD Museum’s landmark fashion exhibitions demonstrate this duality.”
Providence Phoenix

Among the “Top Campuses Worth Traveling For” — FlipKey by TripAdvisor

One of “10 Best Museums in Unexpected Locations” — The Culture Trip

RISD Museum and RISD WORKS top the “12 Gems of Providence”
OffMetro, NYC edition