Join the Black Lunch Table

Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Wednesday, March 13, 1:15pm–4:00pm
RISD Fleet Library, 15 Westminster St, Providence, Picture Collection, 2nd floor

Free, lunch and snacks provided by SEI, RSVP to

The Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-thons mobilize the creation and improvement of a site-specific set of Wikipedia articles that pertain to the lives and works of Black artists. No prior knowledge of editing is required! BLT will provide a short introduction to the platform and will provide assistance throughout the event. All writing levels welcome. No prior knowledge of Wikipedia editing is required. Please bring your laptop and feel free to bring a friend!

RISD Glass Visiting Artist Jina Valentine will give an artist lecture on her work in Chace Center, RISD Museum afterwards at 4:30pm. The Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is sponsored in collaboration with the Brown Arts Initiative, RISD Office of Social Equity & Inclusion, RISD Division of Fine Arts, and RISD Library.

The Black Lunch Table is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history.

Spring Workshops! English for Art & Design

Looking to improve your writing and speaking in English for class, critique, presentations, and studio visits?

Join Maya Krinsky, Assistant Director for Multilingual Learning, for informal weekly workshops this March.

Sundays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24
10 AM - 12 PM

in A&L (College Building, room 240)

E-mail with any questions or to register (appreciated but not required)

v.1 went LIVE!

What a cozy scene in Carr Haus last week, as v.1 ( authors read aloud, reflected on process, and basked in the glow of lights, hot chocolate, and good conversation.

Tiger Dingsun reads from “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (A Graphic Designer),” while the crowd reads along.

Tiger Dingsun reads from “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (A Graphic Designer),” while the crowd reads along.

Olive Godlee prepares to read “Bread Day” after passing around a fresh-baked loaf.

Olive Godlee prepares to read “Bread Day” after passing around a fresh-baked loaf.

Mike Fink shares wisdom from his 50+ years of writing, publishing, and teaching writers at RISD.

Mike Fink shares wisdom from his 50+ years of writing, publishing, and teaching writers at RISD.

Mays Albaik’s finale performance: “How to Make a Person: A Recipe.”

Mays Albaik’s finale performance: “How to Make a Person: A Recipe.”


Writing in the New Year

The Creative Independent—an inspiring source of professional and personal guidance for artists, designers, and “creatives”—has issued a wonderful tool for the New Year: Synchronicity, an online worksheet of writing prompts designed to provoke “synchronicity between creative practice and life” in the year ahead. Give it a try, and if you like, come share your responses with an A&L tutor. Writing + talking —> doing and being!

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v.1 Info Session this Sunday

v.1 is having its first info session of the year this Sunday. Anyone with something ready to share or just an ambiguous spark of interest is welcome!


Those who can’t make it are welcome to send a pitch (100 words or less) or query anytime and the editors will respond within a week. v.1 invites proposals in any genre, on any topic, and for any platform (poster, web, newspaper ...).

Visit to learn more.


Last Chance for HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS: The RISD Graduate Thesis Book, an exhibition of 37 theses highlighting exemplary approaches to research, writing, and design, is up for just two more days—through Sunday, October 7, at Sol Koffler Gallery (CIT/169 Weybosset).

Here’s what people have been saying in the visitor book ...

"So strong, so important, so beautifully executed!"
"Makes me excited to tackle my own future thesis."
"Fantastic show! The more undergraduates who see this [too], the better."
"A resource every working artist should have access to." 
"A strong display of the innovative thinking that will change the world."
”♡ Highlights”

We ♡ watching visitors dig in to the books and even do some writing in the space …


Once the show comes down, the thesis books will be back in the Library, and the accompanying Book of Thesis Books will soon be distributed around campus. Here’s an excerpt including the introduction and one thesis from each of the five categories (academic thesis, monograph, project document, mosaic essay, and artist’s book). We’re looking at print-on-demand options, so stay tuned or contact if you’d like a copy.

Grad Thesis Book Workshops

A&L and the Fleet Library welcome grads to our series of Fall workshops—an opportunity to come together across departments to imagine and develop the possibilities for your thesis book.

Workshops are on Thursday nights from 7-9 PM, on the 2nd floor of the Fleet Library (take the elevators to the right of Portfolio cafe), in room 228.

September 27
Process Matters: Angela Lorenz Opens Her Archives

October 25
Artistic Research: Reading the Literature with Ellen Petraits

November 15
Evolving Thesis Language: Anne West Guides Writing Prompts

November 29
Form for Content: Imagining Book Design with Marcus Peabody

See e-mail invitations for details about each workshop.
Open to grads in all programs, thesis year or not.
Come to one or to all.

Please contact Jen Liese ( to RSVP (helpful but not required) or with any questions.

We’re posting here just after our first workshop with artist Angela Lorenz, who shared some of her incredible artist’s books and her extensive process archive … thanks, Angela!


English for Art & Design Workshops and Drop-in Hours

Multilingual learners: advance your English for academic purposes in art and design. Workshop topics include vocabulary development, speaking about your work, and reading and writing assignments.

5-week workshop series:
SUNDAYS 10 am – 12 pm
September 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21

Drop-in for one-to-one or small-group meetings:

Weekly drop-in hours:
WEDNESDAYS 12 - 1 pm

All at A&L (College Building 240), facilitated by A&L's Assistant Director for Multilingual Learning, Maya Krinsky. 

Questions or registration e-mail:

Two Summer Opportunities in Art Writing and Publishing

Two summer residency opportunities, both with April 29 application deadlines:

Triple Canopy's Publication Intensive: a two-week series of workshops for writers, editors, designers, and publishers focused on "networked forms of production and circulation," based both in New York and here at the RISD Museum.

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The Islands: a two-part, six-week residency for art writers and artist-writers—including those working in criticism, poetry, and experimental forms—that takes place on remote Fogo Island and urban Toronto Island. 

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As always, A&L's tutors are here to support your application-writing process.


Who are art and design magazines actually for?

Come to this workshop led by Contributors Inc. and let's figure that one out together.

Monday, March 12, 2:00-4:00 pm
Macaulay Room, Fleet Library

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Contributors Inc. (Phoebe Stubbs and Mimi Cabell) is a collective that works with art and culture magazines as material, engaging them as both archives of the art world and sites highlighting shifting commercial and political trends. Contributors Inc. creates interventions, publishing projects, artwork, and workshops exploring the relationship between a publication’s history and its present.

For this workshop, participants will critically engage with several magazines of art and design. Looking at evidence in their pages and on the internet, we will examine content, contributors, structure, and funding and annotate what we find. We will then discuss our findings as a group, including issues raised by the exercise and thoughts on the relevance of such publications to participants’ practices. 

Spring English Language Support

Facilitated by Assistant Director for Multilingual Learning, Maya Krinsky, the following workshops are designed to improve English language skills in our context of art, design, and liberal arts education. Please contact with questions or to RSVP (appreciated but not required).

Academic Skills Series for Multilingual Learners
Sundays, 10 am–12 pm, Center for Arts & Language (CB 240)
February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18

Critique Group for Multilingual Learners
Mondays, 6:30–8 pm, Center for Arts & Language (CB 240)
March 5 – May 14

English Language Support Drop-in Hours
Tuesdays, 12–1 pm, Carr House conference room
February 20–May 15
Fridays, 12–1 pm, CIT 102 (Grad Lounge)
February 16 – May 11

Publishing and Practice: A Conversation

Publishing and Practice: A Conversation
Thursday, March 1, 6:30-8:30 PM, Old Library (College Building 521)

Andre Bradley's  Dark Archives  (interior pages)

Andre Bradley's Dark Archives (interior pages)

Editing journals, essaying on art, design, and events, experimenting with “publishing as artistic practice” … artists and designers are contributing to public discourse like never before. Come hear from three RISD alumni working in and around publishing about their
experiences—and share your own.

6:30-7:30 Presentations and Q&A

Andre Bradley (MFA Photography, 2015)
Philadelphia-based artist and author of Dark Archives,
an “autobiography in fragments” published by Image
Text Ithaca Press

Rachel Ossip (BRDD Comp. Lit./Graphic Design, 2015)
Artist, designer, and writer living in New York; manager,
Paper Monument; production manager, art editor, and contributor to n+1

Phoebe Stubbs (MFA Glass, 2011)
London-based artist and art writer; co-editor of
Pink Jacket; managing editor of the Journal for Artistic
; former editor at Black Dog Publishing

7:30-8:30 Dinner and Conversation

Bring your own publications to share.

***RSVP to by Friday, February 23

Grad Thesis Book Design Workshop

Grad Thesis Book Design Workshop
Sunday, February 18, 3-6 PM, Fleet Library, Macaulay Room

This Sunday, take a break from writing your thesis to plan the book's design.

Marcus Peabody, grad in GD and grad assistant in the Center for Arts & Language, will guide you step by step through the elements of thesis book design, from overall aesthetic to format to grid to typography to image strategies. He will share thesis book samples along the way, lead short exploratory exercises, and point you toward paper, printing, and binding resources.

RSVP appreciated but not required:

Below: spreads from Jennifer Garza-Cuen (MFA Photography 2011), Wandering in Place