Experimental and Foundation Studies


A pair of young Black hands grasp an orange folder labeled "Drawing"

In response to New Space(s), the EFS division invited alum Beyoncé Armstrong (22 PT) to create one of her transformative installations in our main gallery. First-year students experienced Beyoncé’s working process over a period of two weeks as she developed the work in situ.


Installation by Beyoncé Armstrong
Friday 10/7, 3:30–5:30pm
Saturday 10/8, 10am–4pm
Waterman Building Gallery, first floor

Beyoncé Armstrong’s statement on her work:

Everyone can remember feeling free while experiencing desertions from reality through imaginative spaces whether it be couch forts and lego sets or treehouses and sandcastles. My version of an imagined space takes a more shameless approach with clear references to the environments in which I grew up. The commercial communities sprinkled throughout New York’s bustling streets make space for a fantastical perspective filled with warped senses and blurry lenses. The familiar living room setting provides a comfortable atmosphere to explore anomalous realities. The installation of this cardboard set design encompasses accessibility and entertainment in art spaces with its theatrical approach to audience engagement. The goal of this gallery is to reintroduce art students to their inner child.

Spatial audio works
Saturday 10/8, 10am–4pm
15 West Mezzanine, room M10/M11

The Studio for Research in Sound & Technology (SRST) presents a selection of spatial audio works by RISD faculty, staff and students on its 25.4 channel ambisonic loudspeaker array. Stop in any time during open studio hours for an immersive listening experience within this state-of-the-art facility.

Open Studio events do not require pre-registration.


Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street

  • Installation by Beyoncé Armstrong
  • Gallery, first floor
  • Friday 10/7, 3:30–5:30pm
  • Saturday 10/8, 10am–4pm


15 West
15 Westminster Street

  • Spatial audio works
  • Room M10/M11
  • Saturday 10/8, 10am–4pm


At RISD we believe that all undergrads benefit from a shared understanding of our approach to studio learning. This is why first-year students follow the same studio curriculum—known here as Experimental and Foundation Studies. Each of the three programs of study—Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics—meets one full day per week, with faculty working closely with you to offer ongoing guidance and feedback. Through group critiques, you’ll present your work and support that of your peers.