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RISD Museum

The RISD Museum was founded on the belief that art, artists, and the institutions that support them play pivotal roles in promoting broad civic engagement and creating more open societies.

Events at the Museum
The Museum has a number of spaces available for use by the RISD community for meetings, presentations, and entertaining. If you are interested in reserving a museum space, please complete the .

About the Museum
Established alongside the college in 1877 as part of RISD’s vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards works of art representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. We interpret our collection with focus on the maker and deeply engage with art and artists, presenting ideas and perspectives that can be inspiring and complex. We aspire to create an accessible and inclusive environment that builds meaningful relationships across all communities.

As one of the three largest university art museums in the U.S. and southeastern New England’s only comprehensive art museum, our collection currently contains more than 100,000 works of art and design dating from ancient times to today including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume and textiles, and furniture from all over the world. Of these objects, approximate 1,800 are on view at any given time. The RISD Museum provides free access to digital images of public domain materials in the collection for any purpose. We want our collection, scholarship, and interpretive content to be accessed, distributed, and reused.

Staff

Nicole Amaral
Registration Assistant for Exhibitions and Loans
401 454-6527
namaral@risd.edu

Kristen Cronin
Development Assistant
401 454-6322
kcronin@risd.edu

Walter Fatini
Assistant Manager of Security, Safety, and Facilities
401 454-6688
wfatini@risd.edu

Charles Flora
RISD Works Store Director
401 227-4949
cflora@risd.edu

Sarah Ganz Blythe
Deputy Director, Exhibitions, Education and Programs
401 454-6611
sganz@risd.edu

Jan Howard
Chief Curator
401 454-6519
jhoward@risd.edu

Pam Kimel
Special Events Manager
401 454 6505
pkimel@risd.edu

Marny Kindness
Curatorial and Exhibitions Coordinator
401 454-6502
mkindnes@risd.edu

Joe Leduc
Head Registrar
401 454-6523
jleduc@risd.edu

Phil Lessard
Manager of Security, Safety, and Facilities
401 454-6508
plessard@risd.edu

Cayla Mackey
Executive Assistant to the Director
401 454-6686
cmackey@risd.edu

Erika Namaka
Registration Assistant
401 277-4943
enamaka@risd.edu

Amy Pickworth
Editor, Museum Publications
401 454-6520
apickwor@risd.edu

John W. Smith
Museum Director
401 454-6686
musdir@risd.edu

Kajette Solomon
Education Program Coordinator
401 454-6531
ksolomon@risd.edu

Amee Spondike
Deputy Director for Development & External Affairs
401 454-6316
aspondik@risd.edu

Glenn Stinson
Business & Financial Manager
401 454-6504
gstinson@risd.edu

Access Control (Main Access Point, "Green Door")
401 454-6647

Events at the Museum

The RISD Museum has a number of spaces available for use by RISD departments for meetings, presentations, and entertaining. Administrative fees may apply and will be communicated with your event confirmation. The Special Events Manager will respond within five business days of your submitted request. To submit a request please use the .

If you are interested in reserving the Metcalf Auditorium, specifically, please review these Metcalf Auditorium details.

The RISD Museum website provides details on all available spaces including: capacity, availability, usage fees, and guidelines for all museum spaces.

Metcalf Auditorium

The Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center has a capacity of 200. It is ADA compliant, including access to the stage. Please see the auditorium spec sheet. Events in the auditorium include services of an Audio Visual technician; renters are not allowed to operate the equipment on their own. For weekend events, a technician fee may apply. For after hours events, the Museum will arrange for Museum security to be on duty.

For events taking place during the museum’s public hours, private use of the lobby is not possible. Refreshments and/or check in will be accommodated on a case by case basis. All catering arrangements must be approved in advance by the museum’s Special Events Office and must abide by the museum’s event and catering guidelines. Refreshments must be served by a licensed caterer carrying appropriate licenses and insurance in the Chace Center Lobby only. Food and drink are not allowed in Metcalf Auditorium.

Tickets may be sold at a reasonable fee to cover costs. Events may not be advertised as fundraisers.

Sales of retail items must be approved and are normally restricted to items directly related to the programming such as CDs of a performing musical group or books by a visiting lecturer.