In our work, RISD Global values:
- Reciprocal exchanges of ideas and practices across cultures, borders and languages through dialogue, debate and immersive learning experiences.
- Global engagements that broaden perspectives, decenter experiences and reframe assumptions.
- Mobility that connects students, faculty and partners with diverse traditions of, and approaches to, making across the world.
RISD Global: What Do We Do?
Work with RISD faculty, administrators and partners to host international visitors to campus, including visiting delegations, scholars, and artists.
- Create, develop, expand, and sustain RISD's global opportunities, and networks of partners and programs.
- Co-create and lead forums for discussion and debate around issues relating to art and design in a global context.
- Communicate RISD's global teaching, learning, and research to the community and broader world. (visit Field Notes)
- Support and advise students and members of the community about global programs and opportunities, on and off campus, including RISD in Rome's European Honors Program, Study Abroad & Travel Courses, and Global Exchanges.
- Advocate for the importance of global teaching and learning for, and with, the RISD community and our peers.
The Global Team
Gwen Farrelly is the Executive Director of RISD Global at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, where she guides, supports and oversees the School's academic internationalization and global engagements through the development of global hub sites, multi-year initiatives, global programs and partnerships, and international relations.
Prior to joining RISD, Gwen was the Assistant Director of the International Program department at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, where she oversaw global research initiatives and projects, which included exchange programs, publications, and seminars.
Gwen holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY focusing on museums and globalism. Gwen has served on the International Committee for the College Art Association (CAA), International Council of Art 21, and is a member of AICAD’s Connectivity and Internationalization Committee.
She teaches courses that address global art history, and she actively chairs and presents on the topic at international conferences. Between 2010 and 2012, Gwen co-chaired a series of CAA conference panels on the historiography of global art histories; she is currently co-authoring a publication on the topic (Wiley Blackwell, 2019).
Valeria Albani is a Communication and Marketing specialist with extensive experience in High Education Management. She received her Master in Mass Communication and New Media in Bologna, Italy and during her career she built a solid international experience working through Europe, USA and Middle East, playing within multiple fields, from Advertisement to Architecture, to Higher Education and Journalism.
She served first as Project Manager of Partnership and Collaboration and then as Director of Entrepreneurship and Career at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) leading private design university in Italy. She managed projects and collaborations with Prada, Versace, Gucci, Ikea, Ferrari, McLaren, LG, Vogue, dealing with many others international brands and contributed in creating links between Industries and Academia.
During her last appointment in Qatar, Middle East, she helped a global renown Italian Architecture studio, Stefano Boeri Architects, to affirm its positioning within the Gulf Region. She also consulted for the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Qatar for business matching event related to design field.
Valeria is directing all RISD programs, courses and activities happening off-campus. She's in charge to ensure the best international teaching and learning experiences for RISD Faculty and students.
Gillian Wigton Bell is the Global Engagement Specialist at RISD Global. She advises students and supports faculty participating in RISD programs, courses and activities with international travel components. Gillian seeks to help create inclusive experiential off-campus learning opportunities that meet and exceed the needs of RISD’s diverse student and faculty population.
Gillian holds an MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a BA in Anthropology and Nonviolence & Peace Studies from University of Rhode Island (URI). Gillian also serves on the board of Luethi-Peterson Camps (LPC, Inc.), an international children’s summer camp for international understanding.
Prior to joining RISD, Gillian lived in Fiji and Switzerland, and worked in support of the Department of State J-1 Work & Travel Program at the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) in Portland, Maine. She has worked in secondary and post-secondary education, as an educator and administrator, for the past 8 years.
Josh, a RISD alumnus, is the initial point of contact for RISD Global with students, faculty, and international partners. He has worked as a teacher, non-profit administrator, and freelance artist.
A dual citizen, Josh has always valued the importance of a global outlook and cultural exchange. He believes that travel not only educates you about other cultures but educates you about your own. He is passionate about social justice and the importance of combining diversity with inclusion.
Growing up on Prince Edward Island, Canada, Josh attended a French immersion program in elementary school. Since then he has taken German, Latin and Irish Gaelic. While attending the University of Toronto, he spent a summer abroad studying Visual Arts and Italian Literature at the Università degli Studi di Siena. It was a transformative experience and would ultimately lead to him attending RISD to study illustration years later. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RISD.
1:1 Advising Session
If you would like more information about RISD off-campus programs, or advice on selecting a program and/or completing the application process, the RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session.
Click here to schedule an advising session with RISD Global.