2022-2023 Faculty Fellows

Applications Being Accepted

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2021-2022 Faculty Fellows Announced

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Color Lab Faculty Fellows: 

Rachel Berwick (Glass)

A Near and A Far

Fall 2021

Sara Jordeno (FAV)

Chromatic Justice and Poetic Restitution in Kodak’s Ektachrome

Fall 2021


Hope Leeson (HPSS and LDARCH)

Color: A Language of Plants and Humans

Spring 2022


Faculty Fellowships 2021-22

Thanks to funding from the Provost’s Office and the Deans of Fine Arts and Art + Design, the RISD Color Lab is accepting proposals for two semester-long faculty fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year. As in the first two years of the program, the 2021-22 fellowships will serve as funded opportunities for studio or scholarly investigation of the subject. Inquiry and creative projects that engage with all aspects of color—its history, scientific properties, cultural significance, material dimensions, chemical processes, etc.—are welcome and encouraged.

Our third year of fellowships will have some variations: It comes with one TU release (or, for part-time faculty, the equivalent in compensation) for focused exploration and inquiry for either fall or spring semester, up to $2000 for materials and technology, the opportunity for a picture window gallery installation of the fellowship work, and a culminating public program. And while fellows will not have the use of the home space of the former Color Lab classroom, which houses—for now—one of RISD’s new central print facilities, we are opening up the competition for fellowships to part-time faculty. 

Application deadline is midnight, Wednesday, March 10

To apply, please fill out the Google form here, which asks for an abstract of 500 words or less for the proposed project. The application also requires separate descriptions for how you plan to use the picture window gallery on North Main Street to exhibit the results of your fellowship and a public program to accompany the installation, in addition to a detailed budget for the up to $2000 in materials and technology funds to support the project. (The only catch is that whatever your needs, they should be tangible and enduring: equipment, materials, and other items that may be shared with others after the completion of your project, in order to stock the lab with helpful resources for future faculty and student use. Things like airfare, conference fees and items that can't be left in the lab for future and continued use are not eligible for funding.) Your application also needs to include approval from your Department Head for the TU release.

The Deans Council will review the proposals and inform applicants of the outcome by Wednesday, March 17.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with questions or to discuss proposals!

Key Dates

Application deadline: March 9 (midnight)
Applicant notifications: March 18

Application form

available here


2020-2021 Faculty Fellows

Craig Taylor

Exhibition on view through March, 2021
Artist talk March 8, , 6:30 pm, 2021

Sara Jordenö

Deferred to 2021-22

Past Faculty Fellow Projects 

Coloring Our Time

2019–2020 Faculty Grant Project by Odette England

The project, led by faculty member Odette England, started with this question: As a global arts and design community, how will RISD see color in 2020?

Read more about the project here

Analytic Charts

2019–2020 Faculty Grant Project by Daniel Lefcourt

Color Served Daily
The RISD Color Lab is a multiplatform space where students can engage with the one aspect of art and design that draws us all together : COLOR

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Visit the Color Lab
Our exhibition space is viewable from the street at 30 North Main. Our physical materials collection may be requested through the Visual + Material Resource Center at Fleet Library.