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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Rhode Island School of Design and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Rhode Island School of Design, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Rhode Island School of Design include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Rhode Island School of Design alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Rhode Island School of Design are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Rhode Island School of Design.

This list includes James Franco, Seth MacFarlane and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Rhode Island School of Design?” and “Which celebrities are Rhode Island School of Design alumni?”

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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and ...more

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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Musician Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, animator, cartoonist, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, and songwriter. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and co-creator of ...more

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist David Byrne is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more

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Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Painter, Television producer, Musician Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author. He is a two-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director—for the drama Good ...more

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Novelist, Lecturer, Author Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist ...more

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Martin Mull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Painter, Comedian, Musician Martin Eugene Mull is an American actor who has appeared in many television and film roles. He is also a comedian, painter, and recording artist. As an actor, he first became known in his role ...more

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Chris Frantz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter Chris Frantz is an American musician and record producer. He was the drummer for both Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club.

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Tina Weymouth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Bassist, Songwriter, Musician Martina Michèle "Tina" Weymouth is an American musician, best known as a founding member and bassist of the new wave group Talking Heads and its side project Tom Tom Club, which ...more

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Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Illustrator, Author, Writer Chris Van Allsburg is an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He has won two Caldecott Medals for U.S. picture book illustration, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, both of which ...more

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Julie Mehretu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Painter, Artist Julie Mehretu is an artist, best known for her densely layered abstract paintings and prints. She lives and works in New York City. Mehretu shares her New York studio with her partner, the ...more

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Charles Rocket is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Journalist, Musician, Actor Charles Adams Claverie —known by such stage names as Charlie Hamburger, Charlie Kennedy, and, most famously, Charles Rocket—was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his ...more

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Elliott Hundley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Artist Elliott Hundley is an American artist, living and working in Los Angeles. Hundley earned an MFA in the Department of Painting and Drawing at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005, ...more

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Dale Chihuly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Sculptor, Entrepreneur, Artist Dale Chihuly, is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, "moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture,". The ...more

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Kara Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Painter, Installation Artist, Artist Kara Walker appeared in the 2009 documentary film The Black List: Volume Two.

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Nicole Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Fashion designer, Businessperson, Designer Nicole Miller is an American fashion designer and businesswoman. Miller attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BFA in Apparel Design. She studied for a year at L'Ecole de ...more

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Shepard Fairey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Illustrator, Designer, Graphic Designer Shepard Fairey is a skateboarder, graphic artist and illustrator.

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Justin Lo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer Justin Lo is a Hong Kong American singer-songwriter, actor and record producer working in Hong Kong.

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Walt Simonson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Cartoonist, Artist, Comics artist Walter "Walt" Simonson is an American comic book writer and artist, best known for a run on Marvel Comics' Thor from 1983 to 1987, during which he created the character Beta Ray Bill. ...more

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Charles Goslin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Graphic Designer Charles Laforest Goslin was an American graphic designer and professor of graphic design and illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He also taught at the School of Visual Arts in ...more

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John Skidgel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
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David Macaulay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Illustrator, Author, Writer David Macaulay is a British-born American illustrator and writer. His most famous works include Cathedral, The Way Things Work and The New Way Things Work. His illustrations have been featured ...more

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Jenny Holzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Artist Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual artist. Holzer lives and works in Hoosick Falls, New York.

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Paul Graham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Programmer, Venture capitalist, Author Paul Graham is an English programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist. He is known for his work on Lisp, for co-founding Viaweb, and for co-founding the Y Combinator seed capital firm. He is ...more

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Robert Richardson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Cinematographer Robert Bridge Richardson, A.S.C. is an American cinematographer. He has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on JFK, The Aviator, and Hugo. Richardson is and ...more

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Brian Selznick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Illustrator, Novelist, Author Brian Selznick is an American illustrator and writer best known for illustrating children's books. He won the 2008 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration recognizing The Invention of ...more

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Janine Antoni is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Sculptor, Installation Artist, Artist Janine Antoni is a contemporary artist, who creates work in performance art, sculpture, and photography. Antoni's works focus mostly on process and the transitions between the making and ...more

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Glenn Ligon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Artist Glenn Ligon is an American conceptual artist whose work explores race, language, desire, sexuality, and identity. Ligon engages in intertextuality with other works from the visual arts, ...more

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Roz Chast is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Roz Chast Cartoonist Rosalind "Roz" Chast is an American cartoonist and a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker. She grew up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, the only child of an assistant principal and ...more

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Josiah McElheny is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Sculptor, Artist Josiah McElheny is an artist and sculptor, primarily known for his work with glass blowing and assemblages of glass and mirrored glassed objects. He is a 2006 recipient of the MacArthur Fellows ...more

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David Wiesner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Illustrator, Author, Writer David Wiesner is an American illustrator and writer of children's books, known best for picture books including some that tell stories without words. As an illustrator he has won three Caldecott ...more

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Matt Mignanelli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Matt Mignanelli Matt Mignanelli is an American artist based in New York City best known for his abstract hard-edge paintings.

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Lyn Ott is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Painter, Artist Lyn Ott, born Lynfield George Ott, was an American painter and a follower of Meher Baba.

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Grace Albee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Grace Albee Artist Grace Thurston Arnold Albee was an American printmaker and wood engraver. During her sixty-year working life, she created more than two hundred and fifty prints from linocuts, woodcuts, and wood ...more

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Heather Nova is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Singer Heather Nova is a Bermudian singer-songwriter and poet. As of 2014 she had released 8 full-length albums and numerous singles and EPs.

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Marissa Nadler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Painter, Songwriter, Musician Marissa Rachael Nadler is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and fine artist based in Boston. Active since 2000, she has released a number of studio albums. She is currently signed to ...more

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Alfonso A. Ossorio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Artist Alfonso Angel Yangco Ossorio was an Filipino American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Manila in 1916 to wealthy Filipino parents from the province of Negros Occidental. His ...more

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Gary Leib is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Film Producer, Cartoonist, Animator Gary Leib is an American underground cartoonist, animator, and musician. Best known for the comic book Idiotland, Leib's work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Musician ...more

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Kenneth Jay Lane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Kenneth Jay Lane Designer Kenneth Jay Lane is an American costume jewelry designer.

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Shahzia Sikander is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Painter Shahzia Sikander is a Pakistani artist who works in drawing, painting, animation, large-scale installation, performance and video, on an international stage.

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Jill Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Jill Greenberg Photographer Jill Greenberg is an American photographer and artist. She is known for her portraits and fine art work that often features anthropomorphized animals that have been digitally manipulated with ...more

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Martin Blank is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Martin Blank Martin Blank, is an American glass artist. He received a BFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984 with a major in glass. He studied with Dale Chihuly and by the 1990s was ...more

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Stephen Sprouse is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer, Artist Stephen Sprouse was a fashion designer and artist credited with pioneering the 1980s mix of "uptown sophistication in clothing with a downtown punk and pop sensibility".

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Dan Colen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Dan Colen Daniel Colen is an artist based in New York. His work consists of painted sculptures appropriating low-cultural ephemera, graffiti-inspired paintings of text executed in paint, and

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Brian Ralph is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Cartoonist Brian Ralph is a U.S. alternative cartoonist. His illustrations have appeared in Wired and the New York Post. His debut graphic novel, Cave-In, was nominated for three Harvey Awards, one Eisner ...more

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Mark Shasha is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Mark Shasha Writer Mark Shasha is an American artist. He is also an author, illustrator and educator. His subjects are often familiar and are usually inspired by the textures and light found along the New England ...more

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Kenneth Goldsmith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Kenneth Goldsmith Kenneth Goldsmith is an American poet. He is the founding editor of UbuWeb, teaches Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Senior Editor of PennSound. He hosted ...more

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Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Vä... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, is the only son and the second of three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. As of 2014, Prince Carl Philip is third in the ...more

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Jarrett Krosoczka is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Jarrett Krosoczka Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the author and illustrator of a number of picture books. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, he received his first book contracts six months after graduation. He ...more

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Francesca Woodman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Photographer Francesca Woodman was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring herself and female models. Many of her photographs show young women who are nude, blurred, ...more

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Gennifer Choldenko is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Author, Writer Gennifer Choldenko is an American writer of popular books for children and adolescents.