RISD Global is a hub for discourse and cross-cultural exchange that supports students, faculty and members of the RISD community on campus and in the world.
We are committed to developing and sustaining opportunities, programs and networks that address the challenges, meanings, and importance of art and design in a global context, and prepare creative agents for a changing 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 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, Ms. Farrelly 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.
Farrelly 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 completing her PhD at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she focuses on postwar art in a global context. She has served on the International Committee for the College Art Association, 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. In 2012, Farrelly has chaired and co-chaired many conference panels on the topic of art history and globalism. And, she is currently co-authoring an extensive publication on the historiography of global art histories (Wiley Blackwell, 2018).
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.
As the RISD Global Learning Advisor, Caroline Schaefer advises students for off campus global opportunities and programs, such as the European Honors Program (EHP) and participating in our exchange programs.
Prior to RISD, Caroline worked at the Road Scholar headquarters managing and creating international travel programs for locations all around the globe. Caroline also worked at Wheaton College and Brandeis University with the study abroad and international student population. Caroline studied at Wheaton College where she double majored in Hispanic Studies/European History and minored in Latin American studies. While at Wheaton, she had the opportunity to study abroad at La Universidad de Cordoba in Spain.
As a child, Caroline lived in Puerto Rico and Uruguay, so she is fluent in Spanish and loves speaking it whenever possible. Caroline holds an MA of Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.
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.