The Illustration department welcomes gifts in support of student scholarships and/or the cost of these renovations.


Ground Floor

A wonderful expanded gallery facilitates our robust program of public lectures by visiting artists and illustrators, along with rotating exhibitions featuring work by students and faculty. A more open reception area and foyer now provides a central hub for interaction among students and faculty, whose office are on this floor as well. In addition, a woodshop and departmental conference room offer new spaces for interaction and collaboration.

  • woodshop + technician's office
  • conference room
  • gallery
  • reception
  • faculty office suite



Second Floor

The ISB renovation helped address the department’s need for more home space—those all-important places where Illustration majors work on projects and establish some of the most valuable relationships of their professional lives. Our renovated second floor also houses a large painting studio, a small student lounge and shared printing area, along with much-needed storage space.

  • student home spaces
  • painting studio
  • low storage for works in progress
  • print node + student lounge


Third Floor

Like the floor below, this one allows for additional home spaces for Illustration majors, which means that many more students can now work on site and benefit from the collaborative energy of this improved space. This floor also offers a seminar room and storage space for safely housing large drawings and paintings in progress.

  • student home spaces
  • painting studio
  • property storage for works in progress
  • seminar room



Fourth Floor

Five new classrooms provide clean surfaces, plenty of wall space and digital connectivity to facilitate work in ebook design, animation, 3D graphics, digital photography, gaming and other forms of digital illustration. A shared student workroom with a spray booth allows for the production of larger works. In addition, our new Paper Gallery and lounge expand opportunities to showcase student and professional work.

  • classrooms
  • student work room
  • student lounge + gallery
  • seminar room


Fifth Floor

Two large painting studios help meet the need for faculty members to teach and students to work in large, open studio space. The top floor also provides additional on-site storage for works in progress, which is especially important for sophomores, who don’t have assigned home spaces.

  • painting studios
  • storage units




As part of the renovation of our main building, Illustration majors now have access to a new Digital Computing Lab and printmaking facility with a light-safe room and digital printing area just across the street at 20 Washington Place.

  • printmaking studio
  • computer lab
  • digital printing space
  • light-safe room


Site design by RISD Media, development by Greg Nemes

Homepage illustration: Chris Buzzellii BFA 95 / faculty member, The World Turned Upside Down

Watercolor renderings: Joe McKendry 94 IL / faculty member