Visual Arts

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For over 50 years, the Art Department has maintained high standards in a competitive yet supportive community for student learning, with programs that prepare students for careers as artists, designers and educators.

Supportive Faculty Facilitating Experimentation

Our art professors are historians, art educators, artists and designers who have extensive professional experience in their respective areas of study. Faculty are committed to fostering critical engagement as students explore their creative potential for art making, visual problem solving, and research in the arts.

RIC's Art Department is a dynamic environment for learning.

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Art at RIC - a Great Experience

Rhode Island College’s Fine Art Center, ALEX AND ANI Hall, was renovated and expanded to a 52,600-square-foot facility. The interior includes state-of-the-art studio classrooms, art gallery, presentation areas and gathering spaces for students and visitors.

Our Art Galleries

RIC features the work of students and hosts exhibitions of contemporary art by local, regional and international artists in two on-campus galleries. The Bannister Gallery (located in Roberts Hall) hosts approximately eight to ten rotating exhibitions each year and the Chazan Family Gallery (first floor of Alex and Ani Hall) features the work of students and recent graduates of local, regional and national programs in all mediums. The art department faculty members act as curators for the exhibition programs, with each educator introducing projects relating to their own area of interest and expertise.

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Department of Art

The Department of Art prepares students for professional careers, liberal arts careers and graduate study. We also prepare the pre-K-12 art teachers of tomorrow.