The Color Lab’s physical space at 30 North Main St. is currently closed.
Materials may be requested through the Visual + Materials Resource Center at Fleet Library.
Please click here for recent news and event announcements, including Spring 2021 programming. 

The RISD Color Lab is an open space where visitors can come to study, work, think, play, and learn about the one aspect of art and design that draws us all together : COLOR


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About




In 2008, Technician and faculty member William Miller began a modest collection of pigments and research materials related to the study of color with the aim of helping students and faculty better understand the powerful though sometimes confusing behavior of color in art and design.

Over a decade later – and with the support of a motivated, cross-divisional cohort of faculty and staff who are deeply passionate about color – the RISD Color Lab has become an interdisciplinary center for teaching and learning about color in art, design, and culture.

The resources of the Color Lab give members of the RISD community access to pigments, dyes and inks, published research and physical models on color theory, and a space to learn, make, and critique from a common, color-centric departure point. The Color Lab will also maintain an active engagement with the color industry in pursuit of knowledge, resources, and research partnership.

Along with RISD’s other academic commons – CoWorks, The Center for Arts and Language, and the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab to name a few – The Color Lab extends the voice of the strategic plan by acting as a “non-departmental, co-located” common space where interdisciplinary inquiry on color can be gathered and organized toward the goal of furthering research activity at RISD.

If you are passionate about the power of color – or merely curious – visit the RISD Color Lab.  We serve color daily ︎

Upcoming Events

Exhibition: Craig Taylor
Opening March 2, 2021
Artist Talk March 8 @ 6:30pm EST


Past Events


March 5–30, 2020
Exhibition: unoriginal palette: color citation by clearer means
An Installation by Andy Law (Industrial Design)

Opening Reception March 5 @ 6:30pm


Archived past events on 
Digital Commons @ RISD
https://digitalcommons.risd.edu/colorlab/





Faculty Research Grants



2019–20 Faculty Research Grant Projects by Odette England (Photography/EFS) and Daniel Lefcourt (EFS)
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Resources In The Lab



Our library of resources is contantly growing.  Please visit regularly to see what’s new.

-Over 300 common and rare dry pigments
-Over 50 books covering a wide breadth of topics related to color study
-A unique collection of 150 historic textile dyes and colorants from the American Textile History Museum
-A collection of rare indigo cakes produced in the late 19th century
-A collection of laboratory glassware and an induction hot plate that can be used to mix and experiment with a variety of artist’s materials-An X-Rite i1Studio Spectrophotometer for calibrating and profiling monitors, projectors, scanners, and printers (available through RISD Media Resources checkout system).

-A complete collection of professional reference fan decks and swatch binders containing architectural coating offerings from Benjamin Moore
-A collection of professional sample boards for acrylic paints and mediums from Golden Artist Colors
-A Munsell 3D “Color Tree” and accompanying “Book of Color" models for visualizing color space
-An offering of promotional brochures featuring design trends and coating specifications from Benjamin Moore
-A collection of designer’s reference fan decks and swatch binders from Pantone, including CMYK coated and uncoated, metallic, pastel and neon, extended gamut, and others
-A 3D swatch library of the “Pantone Plastics Color System"
-A Sony 55 inch LCD display with Apple TV
-Easels, drawing horses, and work tables for student use
-A changing inventory of informational posters and signage compiled and designed by RISD staff that feature the ideas, concepts, and color study methods of prominent colorists such as Albers, Munsell, and Itten

Visit The Color Lab


Please note that the Color Lab’s physical space at 30 North Main St. is currently closed. Exhibitions can be viewed from the outside the building. 

Location

RISD Design Center
30 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

Spring Semester 2021

The Color Lab is closed for Spring 2021 due to COVID-19. Materials may be requested through the Visual + Materials Resource Center at Fleet Library. 

Contact

colorlab@risd.edu
or

vmrc@risd.edu
   
Color Served Daily
The RISD Color Lab is an open space where visitors can come to study, work, think, play, and learn about the one aspect of art and design that draws us all together : COLOR

︎   ︎

Fall Semester 2020
The Color Lab is closed to visitors for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19. Materials may be requested through the Visual + Materials Resource Center at Fleet Library. 

Visit The Color Lab
Please see above.

colorlab@risd.edu
or
vmrc@risd.edu