Events

Upcoming events

RISD x Hyundai Research Collaborative Studios for Spring 2022

The RISD-Hyundai Research Collaborative Team is excited to announce our Spring 2022 courses. We invite you to apply. These courses are part of a collaboration between Hyundai Motor Group and RISD. Our partnership supports many activities—sponsored studios, exhibitions, summer research, and trips to Seoul (when possible). Our Spring 2022 courses involve generous support for student research,...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

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Hyundai Biological Programs Fellow

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Generous funding from Hyundai supports ongoing studio and workshop activities aimed at innovating solutions to emerging design challenges, in ways that are deeply informed by the natural world.

We are currently seeking outstanding applicants for a 2 year fellowship position to work with Hyundai and...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 2021

Deadline to apply: February 5, 2021
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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) students engage in 10 weeks of intensive research training. They develop professional relationships with faculty and graduate students, gain hands-on experience with active research projects, become familiarized with complex lab equipment, and learn about topics such as applying to grad school...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

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RECAP the Regeneration: A Virtual Series

From October 2020 — May 2021, the Nature Lab hosted the Regeneration virtual series, an online speaker event that explored diverse perspectives on how making can integrate with natural, cultural, and social systems in a way that influences creative practices for the benefit of communities and the planet. Moderated by Dora Mugerwa, with collaborative support from


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

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Nature Lab Block Island Experience (BIX) DEADLINE: February 12, 2020

Thousands of years ago, retreating glaciers left behind a pile of rock and rubble off the southern coast of Rhode Island that today is a popular vacation destination, combining inland rolling hummocks and hollows with dramatic cliffs, dunes and sandy beaches. Native American habitation dates back to 500 B.C.: they referred to both the island, and themselves as “Manisses”, translated as “Little God’s Island”. Today it is about 50% conservation land, mostly held by the Nature Conservancy,...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) DEADLINE: February 7, 2020

The Edna W Lawrence Nature Lab is working on the creation of a three-dimensional mobile visualization platform for viewing animations of ocean model simulations based on data obtained through C-AIM projects. Using publicly available LIDAR data created by NOAA, we have already created a complete polygonal mesh of Narragansett Bay and its bathymetry, resulting in a computer-generated model that can be 3D printed to create a scale model. The resulting 3D print is then used as a platform for...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

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Spring Speaker Series: Orkan Telhan

The Nature Lab and Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies presented the second lecture in the 2024 Spring Speakers Series: Orkan Telhan, "design.bio"

Orkan Telhan investigates critical issues in cultural, environmental and social responsibility. He is the Chief Information and Data Officer at Ecovative. He serves as the president of the Biodesign Challenge. He was Associate Professor of Fine Arts - Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, Stuart Weitzman School...

Chace Auditorium
20 N. Main St.
Providence, RI — 02903

April 18 6:30 pm - April 18 7:30 pm

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Unweaving Colonial Binaries With Ants

On April 6th the Nature Lab hosted "Unweaving Colonial Binaries with Ants," a lecture and workshop exploring ants as communities, not colonies. The event began with a talk by guest artist Kuai Shen investigating the legacy of colonialist scientific methods in the field of myrmecology, followed by activities with live ants including magnified observation and building amplification devices to listen to their sounds.

This event was presented in collaboration with Providence College...

13 Waterman St.
Providence, RI — 02903

April 06 10:00 am - April 06 1:00 pm

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Spring Speaker Series: Christina Agapakis

The Nature Lab and Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies presented the first lecture in the 2024 Spring Speakers Series: Christina Agapakis, "Chaos Theory: Care, Context, and Loss of Control in the Design of Living Systems"



Christina Agapakis is the Head of Creative at Ginkgo Bioworks, where she has been growing a team at the intersection of design, technology, and society since 2015. Her work focuses on the applications, implications, ethics, and aesthetics of synthetic...

Chace Auditorium
20 N. Main St.
Providence, RI — 02903

March 13 4:30 pm - March 13 5:30 pm

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Book Repair Workshop

This workshop was held on March, 10th 2024 from 12 to 4pm.

The Nature Lab hosted a book repair workshop to give well-loved and antique books the care and attention they deserve. Students engaged with the fascinating art of book repair including practicing two spine repair techniques known as rebacking and recasing. Old books were made ready for use again with a little jade glue, bone folders, scissors, paper, and incredible mending skills!

13 Waterman St.
Providence, RI — 02903

March 10 12:00 pm - March 10 4:30 pm

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Pulp Ecologies | Biomaterial Workshops

This workshop was held in two 2-hour sessions on March 2nd, 2024.

Students explored the many possibilities of papermaking through various pulp sources and applications of traditional and alternative fibers. Techniques included pulp preparation, sheet forming, pulp painting, solid and hollow casting, and additives to transform pulp and paper into desired 2D and 3D forms.

Sessions...

13 Waterman St
Nature Lab, Biodesign Makerspace (Waterman room 11)
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — 02903

March 02 12:09 pm - March 02 12:00 am

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Natural Paint & Pigment Workshop

This workshop was held in two 4-hour sessions on February 17th and 18th, 2024.

Students learned how to turn natural dyes into pigments that can be ground to make watercolor paints. Logwood, cochineal, and weld flower dyes were used to get deep purples, rich pinks, and vibrant yellows. Workshop goers learned how a diverse range of colors can be achieved through natural materials and chemical processes, and participants got to take home some of the pigment they made during the...

13 Waterman St.
Biodesign Makerspace (room 11)
Providence, RI — 02903

February 17 11:00 am - February 18 3:00 pm

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Plant Bodies: Breath, Sex and Interspecies Relationships

Do you use plants or plant imagery in your work? Do you know how they breathe? Have sex? Grow? Where they live? How to identify their differences in the large family of photosynthesizing beings?

A hands-on workshop using microscopes, flower dissection and food to better understand the plant world. Led by artist and botanical illustrator Mara Menahan.

13 Waterman St
Nature Lab Microscopy Room | Waterman Room 12
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 29 3:00 pm - April 29 5:00 pm

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Earth Day Event!

Stop by Carr Haus Cafe to do activities with ISE, the Nature Lab, the Regenerative Earth Club (REC), and the Brown RISD Innovative Community (BRIC). We'll have a mending workshop, create biomaterial kits, and give away sustainable items! The Nature Lab will be handing out seed paper made with recycled paper and a local wildflower seed mix, as well as baby succulent plants. Open to the RISD community, intended for students. Hope to see you there!

210 Benefit St
Carr Haus Cafe
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — 02903

April 20 11:00 am - April 20 1:00 pm

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Plant this Poem: Poetry Reading with Eleni Sikelianos

We invite you to join us this Wednesday evening for a celebration of plant this poem, our annual Earth (Poetry) Day celebration, along with Eleni's new book, Your Kingdom. Plantings (in the form of poems, recitiations, and short talks) will be made by/called forth from Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Eleni Sikelianos, Imani Elizabeth Jackson, Sam Coren, Alexandra Ionescu, and a choral William Blake. Come celebrate with us on April 19th at 6 pm, at the RISD Nature Lab (13 Waterman St, Providence,...

13 Waterman St
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 19 6:00 pm - April 19 8:00 pm

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Foraging & Bundle Dye Workshop

Following up on her Color Lab fellowship, Hope Leeson will be leading a foraging & bundle dye workshop in the Biodesign Makerspace on April 15th, from 10am-3pm. The workshop is open to any and all who wish to participate, but is limited in the number of spaces available. The first part of the workshop will center around various seasonal plant materials containing pigment and tannins for dyeing. We'll select materials from this collection to use in our bundle dyeing. Fabric and bundling...

13 Waterman St
Rhode Island School of Design, Nature Lab
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — 02903

April 15 10:00 am - April 15 3:00 pm

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REC Ink and Paint from Plants

Registration required - event is FULL. Join waitlist here

Learn about how to make your own pigments to turn into inks and paints with Clara and Julia. We will be using lake pigments and inks made from plants found around providence, from our own garden, and food scraps. We will show you how to make a lake pigment, the difference between pigments and...

13 Waterman St
Edna Lawrence Nature Lab | Waterman room 11
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 13 1:00 pm - April 13 12:00 am

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SKY TALK

Part science lecture, part weather observation training and part collective poetic gesture. Led by Nature Lab graduate assistant Mara Menahan (RISD MFA Illustration 2024).

We’ll start by thinking of the sky as a layered membrane between the earth’s surface and outer space, using science to better understand what makes this planet’s atmosphere so incredibly unique. Then we’ll think about scientific instruments and the way they are extensions of human senses and Mara will orient you to...

13 Waterman St.
Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 08 2:00 pm - April 08 4:00 pm

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BRIC/REC Flax Fibers and Composites

Registration required - event is FULL.

Join us in this collaboration event between BRIC (Brown RISD Innovation Community) and REC ( Regenerative Earth Collective) on Flax.

Flax, also known as common flax or linseed, is a flowering plant, Linum usitatissimum. It is cultivated as a food and fiber crop in regions of the world with temperate climates. Flax fiber is extracted from the bast or skin of the stem of the flax plant and used in many cultures for textile goods. In...

13 Waterman St
Edna Lawrence Nature Lab | Waterman room 11
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 08 1:00 pm - April 08 3:00 pm

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Living Materials – Sustainable Technologies of the Future from Forms of the Past?

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto's (SILK LAB@Tufts University) Lecture as part of Adaptive Future Seminar [D+M] taught by Katia Zolotovsky.

Living materials – Sustainable Technologies of the Future from Forms of the Past?

Natural materials offer new avenues for innovation across fields, bringing together, like never before, natural sciences and high technology.

Significant opportunity exists in reinventing naturally-derived materials, such as structural proteins, and...

13 Waterman St
Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, Waterman room 11 (Biodesign Makerspace)
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 07 10:30 am

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Geology Rocks!

Learn about rocks and how they tell the history of the Earth in their texture and composition. We will explore geologic time, the rock cycle, Rhode Island geology, and much more. Take home a piece of Cumberlandite - RI’s magnetic state rock! Also learn about the fascinating KT Extinction rock. Led by Chloe Kahn, MLA student in Landscape Architecture and Nature Lab Graduate Assistant. Open to the RISD community. Click to view...

13 Waterman St
Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

February 17 2:00 pm - February 17 4:00 pm

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Mindful Movement and Meditation

This was a past event that was held in the academic year of 2022-2023.

Mindful movement and meditation was broken into two 1/2 hour segments (drop in for one or stay for both!), including gentle movement for chronically stressed points, like neck, shoulders, wrists, and hands; and guided meditations oriented to relaxation and paying kind and compassionate attention.

Sessions were led by Liz Maynard, in the Nature Lab's Biodesign Makerspace, and were open to the RISD...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

January 15 12:09 am - January 15 12:00 am

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Biomaterial Workshops | December: Food Scrap Dye

*RSVP required to attend, limited to 20 participants | RSVP HERE*

The second installment of the Nature Lab Biomaterial Workshop Series. Clara Boberg will lead biomaterial exploration by working with food scraps to make natural dye. Learn about the possibilities of dyeing with food scraps, what you need to get started, and have some tasty guacamole while we use the avocado pits and skins to dye bandanas! Open to...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

December 10 12:30 pm - December 10 2:30 pm

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OPEN CALL for student participation in RISD-KIA Research Collaborative

APPLY HERE; Application closes December 5th, 2022

Tentative Theme: Coexisting Futures
Spring 2023 Course Offerings
RISD x KIA Research Collaborative (formerly RISD x Hyundai)
A partnership between Hyundai Motor Company, KIA, RISD Strategic Partnerships and RISD Nature Lab, with support from Co-Works


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

December 05 12:00 am - December 05 12:00 am

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Biomaterial Workshops | November: Biomaterials with Invasive Plants

The first installment of our Biomaterial Workshop Series. Hope Leeson will lead biomaterial exploration using invasive plants such as Phragmites reed, Asiatic Bittersweet, and Red ulva seaweed. Learn what materials you can make with these plants and apply it to your own practice! Open to RISD students. RSVP on Involved to attend, limited to 15 participants.


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

November 05 12:30 pm - November 05 2:30 pm

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Monstera Mash

Join the folks at the Nature Lab for a Hallows' Eve special event, featuring free monstera cuttings, sweets and treats, featured creature folklore, and the opportunity to explore some of our collection in a unique way - through UV fluorescence! This event is campus-wide and will occur during our open hours.


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

October 31 6:30 pm - October 31 9:00 pm

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Hyundai Research Collaborative Exhibition

A creative practice demands constant forms of seeking inspiration. The process moves in different loops, circles, diagonal lines, often etching an artwork on its own. This year's theme revolves around the journey followed by a multidisciplinary group of artists, designers, and researchers on their way to finding inspiration in nature when imagining a sustainable future. From the coral reefs under the sea, to the species that live at the edge of the ocean, from the movement of insects, to how...

20 Washington Place
Providence, RI — 02903

October 27 3:00 pm - December 31 8:00 pm

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Nature Lab Block Island Experience (BIX)


After being postponed in 2020, the Nature Lab is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our first ever Block Island Experience (BIX)! Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, BIX is the ideal introduction for RISD students to gain a deeper understanding of the local ecology and become inspired by the diversity of life in...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

February 11 12:09 am - June 05 12:09 am

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The Color Blue: A Two-Part Indigo Dye Workshop Series

Join us for a two-part workshop, The Color Blue, led by Botanist-in-Residence Hope Leeson and RISD student Clara Boberg TX 23. These workshops will take place on Saturday, November 6th and 13th, from 1 to 4pm at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, Biodesign Makerspace (Room 11).

In this workshop series we will investigate color as a means of communication, explore the theme of fermentation as process, and delve into the importance of the color blue for living creatures. During these...

The Biodeisgn Makerspace in the Nature Lab
13 Waterman St
Providence, RI — 02903

November 06 1:00 pm - November 13 4:00 pm

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The Visualization Forum

The Visualization Forum is an annual event hosted by Vis-a-thon where recipients of the Collaborative Visualization Grant publicly share their work, experiments, and research. This year, please join us to hear RISD students Zach Scheinfeld 22 GD and Avantika Velho 22 ID + NCSS discuss their collaborative, interdisciplinary projects with URI PhD candidates Basia Marcks and Anna Schrecengost.

Presentations will be held virtually over Zoom.


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

November 04 6:00 pm

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From Field to Studio: A Flax Processing & Spinning Workshop

Join Kidder Gowen of Hawk and Handsaw Farm and Hope Leeson, Botanist-In-Residence at the Nature Lab, for a three hour workshop on Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 pm. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to process flax from its natural form in the field to to its use as a fiber.


This event is open to current RISD students, faculty, and staff only. Reservation is required. RSVP HERE.

The Biodeisgn Makerspace in the Nature Lab
13 Waterman St
Providence, RI — 02903

October 30 1:00 pm - October 30 4:00 pm

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The 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature

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The Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab at RISD, Fleet Library at RISD, and Synergetics Collaborative were pleased to announce the 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature, an event which explored multiple approaches to sustainable/nature-inspired making, community development, and other work that facilitates a holistic...

2 College Street
Providence, RI — 02903

September 20 5:00 pm - September 22 4:00 pm

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OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS — The 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature

The RISD Nature Lab, RISD Fleet Library, and Synergetics Collaborative are pleased to announce an open call for proposals for the the upcoming 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature. The event will bring together multiple speakers and workshop/breakout session leaders that explore varied approaches to a holistic relationship with nature and natural systems, sustainable|nature inspired making, and community development.

We invite...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

April 14 11:59 pm

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Biodesign Tour+Talk with Modern Meadow

Modern Meadow is a pioneer in biofabrication using the latest tools from biotechnology to build a new world of materials. Their ZoaTM Biofabricated Materials are designed and grown from animal free collagen. Through the collaboration of design, biology and material science, they create materials to solve sustainability challenges while reimagining material possibilities.

Woods Gerry, 62 Prospect Street
Providence, RI — 02903

September 27 4:00 pm - September 27 6:00 pm

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Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration

The Nature Lab's 80th 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.

Woods Gerry Gallery
62 Prospect Street
Providence, RI — 02903

August 25 10:00 am - September 27 5:00 pm

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Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration SYMPOSIUM

On August 24, 2018, opening day of the Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration exhibition, 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.


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

August 24 1:00 pm - August 24 5:00 pm

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Application Deadline: Feb. 28th!

From May 21st-July 27th, this project will work to document 21st century plant diversity in dune and salt marsh habitats around Narragansett Bay in order to record changes resulting from climate change. We will collect herbarium specimens and create images of all field sites and species present, with the aim of comparing present day diversity to historical diversity records from online herbarium resources dating back to the early 1800s. Using a range of technologies and design strategies, we...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

May 21 12:00 am - July 27 12:00 am

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Leave Your Mark at the Nature Lab

Join the Nature Lab’s summer fabrication team! We are building a first of it’s kind biodesign makerspace and we need your talents to make it happen. Apply now!

The Application deadline is April 7th, 2018.

We are seeking 4 graduate students and 3 undergrads with a wide range of fabrication skills to work from the 28th of May to the 3rd of August, building out the new space. Students will be compensated for 35 hrs a week. If you have a passion for sustainable...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

April 07 11:59 pm

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Salon: RISD's Nature Lab and the vision of founder Edna W. Lawrence

The Providence Athenaeum's April 6th Salon brought together three panelists to discuss the significance of Edna Lawrence’s vision from their respective disciplines. Entomologist David Wagner discussed the role of color and pattern in nature; Nature Lab Coordinator Betsy Ruppa regaled with stories about the origins of the natural history collection and its value to an art school; and Senior Critic in RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies department Alba Corrado shared memories of Edna...

Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St
Philbrick Rare Book Room
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 06 5:00 pm - June 17 5:00 pm

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The Nature Lab: An homage to the RISD Nature Lab and its founder Edna Lawrence

This upcoming LABscape exhibition in Hillsdale, New York features 92 artists, including several RISD alums. The curator, Eric Wolf, who is a 1982 graduate from RISD's Photography Department, brings together work that depicts nature and celebrates the Nature Lab and Edna Lawrence's teachings.

Join Eric Wolf and the featured artists at the opening reception: February 17th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


2642 NY-23
Hillsdale, New York — 12529

February 17 2:00 pm - March 18 5:00 pm

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Patterns Inconceivable : the History and Influence of the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab

The 2017 academic year marks the 80th anniversary of the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design. During her 50+ year tenure, Edna Lawrence’s collection and her drawing courses introduced students to a way of seeing nature, and its details, as fundamental forms and patterns in art and design. While her shells, insects, plants, animals, bones, textiles, ceramics, wood, and more have catalyzed creativity for students each year, Edna Lawrence’s lifelong endeavor resulted in...

RISD Fleet Library
15 Westminster Street
Providence, Rhode Island

September 07 9:00 am - December 15 5:00 pm

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University of Rhode Island to host 10th Annual SURF Conference

Event showcases undergrad research in RI

College and university students from across Rhode Island will present their summer research work Friday, July 28, 2017, when they gather for the 10th Annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Conference — the state’s largest exhibition of undergraduate research.

Co-sponsored by Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research...

45 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI — 02881

July 28 8:00 am

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Experimental Visualization Platforms

This free two-day workshop introduced participants to mixed and virtual reality tools. Attendees thought about and incorporated new ways of sharing their research using VR as a tool and artistic inquiry as a method. Participants experienced advanced VR technology at the Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University and familiarized themselves with augmented reality (AR) processes at the Nature Lab to integrate into their work.

Dates:
July 21–22,...

Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design
Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University​

July 21 9:00 am - July 22 4:00 pm

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Bee Hotel Workshop

Scott MacIvor from GRIT Lab shared his extensive knowledge of pollinators in a workshop on how to build "bee hotels." Bees are essential pollinators of plants and crops including apples, plums, carrots, coffee, cotton. However, many bee species are currently in decline or endangered, largely because of loss of their feeding and nesting habitats. Building bee hotels is a...

Nature Lab — Room 11
13 Waterman Street
Providence

April 29 1:00 pm - April 29 3:00 pm

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SHELL-ter Project Installation

Art as Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience and Education

This Saturday, June 18th, a group of designers and scientists will be installing sculptural forms in the intertidal zone at India Point Park. The forms were developed by a group of students, faculty and scientists with NSF EPSCoR funding with the goal of improving sustainability of local shellfish populations and protecting coastal habitat from he impacts of sea level rise. The community is encouraged to...

India Cove Park
Providence, RI

June 18 9:00 am - June 18 6:00 pm

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RI EPSCoR Inaugural Research Symposium

Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR’s 2016 inaugural Annual Research Symposium will take place Thursday, April 14th at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus.

The event will feature panel presentations on interdisciplinary research collaborations and a poster session of marine life science and climate change research by faculty, researchers, and students, funded by RI EPSCoR and the RI Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC).

Panel discussions include "The Nature...

URI Narragansett Bay Campus
215 S Ferry Rd
Narragansett, RI — 02882

April 14 11:45 am - April 14 5:00 pm

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Love for Mouse Deer

Come celebrate with us in this student-led fundraising event to purchase a new companion specimen for our Mouse Deer.

We are not sure if it is the big eyes, its frail looking legs or the overall smallness of this deer but this specimen's charisma just keeps growing and so does the number of students contributing to this event. Join us and be surprised by the many mouse deer inspired items for sale, artworks and baked goods.

Opening and bake sale Monday 25th at...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

January 25 6:00 pm - February 05 6:00 pm

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Philip Hoare Lecture: Of the Less Erroneous Picture of Whales: The Whale in Myth, in Industry, & in Futurity

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6 pm


The whale is the ultimate shape-shifter: from creation myth to industrial resource and ecological emblem, it has become what ever we want it to be. In the fluid, psychic disjuncture of the meeting of natural history and human history, no other animate...

Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Chace Center
20 North Main Street
Providence, RI — 02903

January 14 6:00 pm - January 14 8:00 pm

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Robert Lang Workshop & Public Lecture


The Nature Lab and Brown’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) co-hosted the public lecture and workshop "From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes" by Robert J. Lang.

Recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding, Dr. Lang wowed a sold-out audience in...


13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

November 12 1:30 pm - November 12 6:30 pm

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Past events
RISD x Hyundai Research Collaborative Studios for Spring 2022
Hyundai Biological Programs Fellow
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 2021
RECAP the Regeneration: A Virtual Series
RECAP The Common Thread: A Virtual Series
CALL FOR PAPERS — Our Shared Planet: The Environment Issue —DUE August 31
Read the 27th issue of Nature Lab Newsletter | Inspiration from Nature
Nature Lab Block Island Experience (BIX) DEADLINE: February 12, 2020
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) DEADLINE: February 7, 2020
Graduate Liason Fall Workshop Series 2017
Open Call for Proposals! Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration
Spring Speaker Series: Orkan Telhan
Unweaving Colonial Binaries With Ants
Spring Speaker Series: Christina Agapakis
Book Repair Workshop
Pulp Ecologies | Biomaterial Workshops
Natural Paint & Pigment Workshop
REC Indigo Dye Workshop
Plant Bodies: Breath, Sex and Interspecies Relationships
Earth Day Event!
Plant this Poem: Poetry Reading with Eleni Sikelianos
Foraging & Bundle Dye Workshop
REC Ink and Paint from Plants
SKY TALK
BRIC/REC Flax Fibers and Composites
Living Materials – Sustainable Technologies of the Future from Forms of the Past?
Geology Rocks!
Mindful Movement and Meditation
Biomaterial Workshops | December: Food Scrap Dye
OPEN CALL for student participation in RISD-KIA Research Collaborative
Biomaterial Workshops | November: Biomaterials with Invasive Plants
Monstera Mash
Hyundai Research Collaborative Exhibition
Nature Lab Block Island Experience (BIX)
The Color Blue: A Two-Part Indigo Dye Workshop Series
The Visualization Forum
From Field to Studio: A Flax Processing & Spinning Workshop
The 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature
OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS — The 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature
Forms and Hidden Narratives in Nature
Biodesign Tour+Talk with Modern Meadow
Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration
RISD Weekend celebrated our 80th anniversary
Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration SYMPOSIUM
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Application Deadline: Feb. 28th!
Leave Your Mark at the Nature Lab
Salon: RISD's Nature Lab and the vision of founder Edna W. Lawrence
Latin-American Collection Exhibition: aka "The Greatest Show on Earth"
The Nature Lab: An homage to the RISD Nature Lab and its founder Edna Lawrence
Patterns Inconceivable : the History and Influence of the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab
University of Rhode Island to host 10th Annual SURF Conference
Experimental Visualization Platforms
Bee Hotel Workshop
Green Roof Innovation Talk by Scott MacIvor
Structure and Growth installation by David Katz
SHELL-ter Project Installation
Design Science Symposium: STEAM Intelligence
RI EPSCoR Inaugural Research Symposium
Love for Mouse Deer
Philip Hoare Lecture: Of the Less Erroneous Picture of Whales: The Whale in Myth, in Industry, & in Futurity
Robert Lang Workshop & Public Lecture
Research + Collaborations
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