National Portfolio Day


We are approaching the second half of Summer, which means some of you will be applying to art schools before you know it. The artwork in your portfolios will consist of new pieces and some from a year or so ago. Putting it all together, fixing pieces up, and editing some out can be a bit overwhelming, so getting feedback from others outside the eye of the storm is very helpful. It’s also a great idea to learn about what different art schools want to see in the work you send them. An excellent opportunity to get all this information is at a National Portfolio Day! These events consist of a wide variety of art schools with Admissions and alumni representatives. 

Quick tips on how to best navigate these events:

-They are all 4 hours long, but get there early, as they tend to be a bit hectic. 

-Get on the lines of schools you want to see most right away. RISD’s line gets long fast, so if you want to see us, get on our line early!
-It’s a good idea to make your work as portable as possible. You can bring digital representation, but make sure to have jpegs or PDFs saved and to not rely on internet connection. If you bring original work have it ready in a portfolio case. Also, make sure to bring your own platform. Our representatives don’t bring computers, so have yours turned on and your artwork queued up by the time you reach the front. 
-You get 10 minutes with each reviewer, so it’s best to have your work ready when it’s your turn, put it all on the table, let them go through it all and interpret your pieces on their own. That way they also have sufficient time to give you thoughtful feedback, and you can ask any questions you have. 
Click here for the list of National Portfolio Days that RISD will be attending.
For more information and the full National Portfolio Day list, please visit
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~Marin Brennan

The Handweaver’s Guild of America is currently hosting their annual Convergence Conference right here in Providence.  They’ve partnered with RISD’s Textiles Department for courses in Machine Knitting, Jacquard, Computer Embroidery and more!  Here in Admissions, we were thrilled when the Textiles Department asked us to set up a table at the conference.  Our Graduate Admissions Officer, Molly Pettengill, has been staffing the table, and spoke with excitement about the conference and the people she’s met.  

Pictured above you’ll see views from around Convergence including Molly’s table, exhibits, and the Jazz Fashion Show which showcased the incredible work of the fiber artists attending the conference.

Are you local and interested in fiber arts?  The festival offers day passes to the exhibits.  Want to learn more about admission to our degree program in Textiles?  Stop by Molly’s table!  The conference runs July 14 through 19 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Want to learn more?  Send us an email or post your question on the RISD Admission Facebook Group!




This evening promises to be blissfully rain-free and pleasant for the July Gallery Night Providence event. Visitors are welcome to tour participating galleries on foot or to take advantage of free guided bus tours that run every 20 minutes (from One Regency Plaza) beginning at 5:20 pm.

There’s always something happening in the Providence art scene - check out Gallery Night, tonight!



"I don’t think that my work is actually effectively dealing with history. I think of my work as subsumed by history or consumed by history." —Kara Walker

New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project for Creative Time, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

WATCH: Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”

IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

The installation may have come and gone, but here’s some amazing behind the scenes look at RISD Alumnus Kara Walker’s (MFA ‘94) “Sugar Baby” Installation.

The end of the school year marks monumental achievements for the graduating class. Each year, the Gelman Student Gallery highlights work of the graduating class in a show titled: New Contemporaries.

The show features a diverse collection of high quality student work from every department at RISD. The show will be up until October, so be sure to stop in to the Gelman Gallery during your next visit to the RISD Museum.

Visiting RISD during the summer!!


Visiting the campus is a great way to get a feel for our facilities and programs!

To that end we have programs for Graduates and Undergraduates. If you’re interested in applying to RISD as a freshman or a transfer, I recommend you sign up for one of our Undergraduate Information Programs and tours that are offered through out the year. To see what days we offer these, you can visit our Online event calendar that lists our summer and fall tours.

 Summer tours showcase our buildings and facilities and fall tours give you insight into the student experience. Either way you get to meet an Admissions Officer, learn about the admissions process and the programs/resources at RISD.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I’ll be glad to assist you!

Antonio Peters |

Visit RISD Grad Admissions!

We have lots of visitor opportunities for both the graduate and undergraduate level. Here are a few of the graduate options.

If you are simply looking at RISD in a broad sense or are not quite sure what program is the best fit, I recommend you attend a Graduate Info Program in the fall.  Our Info Programs will include a presentation about Graduate Studies at RISD followed by a tour of the campus.  They are coordinated with some on campus events to give you a feel for life at RISD.  You can register for an Info Program on our website once the dates have been finalized.

We also host an annual Graduate Open House called INFocus. This event is great for those of you that want a closer look at individual programs.  You will hear from the Dean of Graduate Studies, a current student panel and visit each department.  Check back on our website for registration, we will be updating it soon.

If you have specific questions, or you cannot make any of the event dates, you can schedule an individual appointment with me, the graduate admissions officer at

Get in touch! 

Molly Pettengill