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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD): Innovation and Design Excellence

  • 11 Waterman Street
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • (401) 454-6100

RISD is an internationally acclaimed leader in art and
design education. Established in 1877 by 34 members
of the RI Women’s Centennial Commission, the school
embarked on a radical experiment in education:
combining the study of art, craft, and design, from
sculpture and textiles to furniture making and glass
production. The red brick Waterman Building (1893)
is a Venetian Renaissance landmark that was built to
house art galleries, classrooms, and studios. At the
base of the hill is the Metcalf Building (1915), created to
look and function as a textile factory to teach students
about the practical manufacture of fabrics, as well as
their design. RISD offers more than a traditional fine
arts school education, with an emphasis on creative
thinking, industrial design, and superior craftsmanship.
RISD’s campus has expanded from College Hill into
Downtown Providence.