Recap of our 80th Year

The Nature Lab's 80 anniversary culminated with Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration, an exhibition curated in collaboration with William Myers. The exhibition ran from Aug 25—Sept 27 and showcased recent examples of design and art that inform our complex relationship with nature and help us decipher how it may evolve in the future. On opening day, we hosted a half-day symposium that brought together international artists, designers, scientists and educators for talks, discussions and presentations on topics such as valuing non-human forms of life as collaborators, artistic and scientific modes of inquiry, and ethical considerations in bioart and biodesign practices.

CLICK HERE to read the Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration Catalogue

Many thanks to the following:

Lead Curator: William Myers
Co-Curators: Lucia Monge (MFA 15 SC), David Kim (MFA 14 DM)
Curatorial Assistants: Julia van den Hout (non-RISD) and Peter Rogers (MFA 19 DM)
Exhibition and Identity Design: Angela Torchio (MFA 19 GD)
Co-Partners|Sponsors: RISD Co-Works and Campus Exhibitions

Past events

Eating with the Ecosystem

October 08
11:00 am
Tillinghast Farm

Wonder: Nature Lab 80th Anniversary + Exhibition Opening

October 07
4:30 pm
Nature Lab

Hand-on workshops during RISD Weekend

October 06
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Nature Lab

Observing Nature: Edna Lawrence & Cabinet of Curiosities

Read full story about the Providence Athenaeum's Salon, "Edna’s Nature Lab | RISD’s Nature Lab" here.

April 06
Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903

Open Call for Proposals! Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration

Application process is now closed. Click here for more Information

March 15
Rhode Island School of Design, 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903

Leave Your Mark at the Nature Lab

April 07

Latin-American Collection Exhibition: aka "The Greatest Show on Earth"

Find more details about this exhibition here.

April 05
13 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02903

Biodesign Tour+Talk with Modern Meadow

Click here to read about and see documentation of the event.

September 27
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Woods Gerry, 62 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02903

Biodesign: From Inspiration To Integration

Look here for a recap of the exhibition, co-curated by William Myers.

Woods Gerry Gallery, 62 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02903

RISD Weekend celebrated our 80th anniversary

The Nature Lab just turned 80 and it will be a year long celebration of our past and future. Alumni, students and families are all welcome to join the Nature Lab's 80th anniversary celebrations.

Tribute booth

Help us celebrate our anniversary by sharing your anecdotes about Miss Lawrence and the Nature Lab! A big thank you to the alums who have shared their memories of the Nature Lab so far.

Be a part of this celebration and share your favorite memory of the Nature Lab and what it meant to you by visiting:

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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