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Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni

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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

Age: 40

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his ...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

Age: 45

Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut, United States of America

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker, comedian, and singer. MacFarlane is the creator of the TV series Family Guy (1999–present) and The ...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

Age: 66

Birthplace: West Dunbartonshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Dumbarton, United Kingdom, + more

David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker who was a founding member, principal songwriter and ...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

Age: 66

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Gus Green Van Sant Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and mainstream ...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

Age: Dec. at 75 (1860-1935)

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (; née Perkins; July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935), also known as Charlotte Perkins Stetson, her first married name, was a prominent American humanist, novelist, ...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

Age: 75

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Martin Eugene Mull (born August 18, 1943) is an American actor and comedian who has appeared in many television and film roles. He is also a painter and recording artist. As an actor, he first ...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

Age: 67

Birthplace: Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States of America

Charton Christopher Frantz (born May 8, 1951) is an American musician and record producer. He is the drummer for both Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, which he co-founded with wife and Talking ...more
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Tina Weymouth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Bassist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 68

Birthplace: Coronado, California, United States of America

Martina Michèle Weymouth (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and author, best known as a founding member and bassist of the new wave group Talking Heads ...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

Age: 69

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Chris Van Allsburg (born June 18, 1949) is an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He has won two Caldecott Medals for U.S. picture book illustration, for Jumanji (1981) and The ...more
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Julie Mehretu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Painter, Artist

Age: 49

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Julie Mehretu (born 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a contemporary visual artist, well known for her multi-layered paintings of abstracted landscapes on a large scale. Her paintings, drawings, ...more
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Charles Rocket is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Charles Rocket Journalist, Musician, Actor

Age: Dec. at 56 (1949-2005)

Birthplace: Bangor, Maine, United States of America

Charles Adams Claverie (August 28, 1949 – October 7, 2005), known by such stage names as Charlie Hamburger, Charlie Kennedy, and, most famously, Charles Rocket, was an American actor, comedian ...more

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Elliott Hundley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Artist

Age: 44

Birthplace: North Carolina

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Dale Chihuly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Sculptor, Entrepreneur, Artist

Age: 77

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States of America

Dale Chihuly (born September 20, 1941) is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered to possess outstanding artistic merit in the field of blown glass, "moving it ...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

Age: 49

Birthplace: Stockton, California

Kara Elizabeth Walker (born November 26, 1969) is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, ...more
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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

Age: 67

Birthplace: Lenox, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nicole Miller (born 1952) 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 ...more
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Shepard Fairey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Shepard Fairey Illustrator, Designer, Graphic Designer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

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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

Age: 42

Birthplace: New York, United States of America

Justin Lo (Chinese: 羅定偉, stage name 側田; born 1 July 1976) 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

Age: 72

Walter "Walt" Simonson (born September 2, 1946) 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 ...more
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Charles Goslin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Graphic Designer

Age: Dec. at 75 (1932-2007)

Birthplace: Attleboro, Massachusetts

Charles Laforest Goslin (February 23, 1932 – May 16, 2007) was an American graphic designer and professor of graphic design and illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (1966–2007). ...more
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John Skidgel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Designer

Age: 47

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia

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David Macaulay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Illustrator, Author, Writer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Lancashire, United Kingdom

David Macaulay (born 2 December 1946) is a British-born American illustrator and writer. His works include Cathedral (1973), The Way Things Work (1988) and The New Way Things Work (1998). His ...more
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Jenny Holzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Artist

Age: 68

Birthplace: Gallipolis, Gallipolis Township, Ohio, United States of America

Jenny Holzer (born July 29, 1950) is an American neo-conceptual artist, based in Hoosick Falls, New York. The main focus of her work is the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces.Holzer ...more
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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

Age: 54

Birthplace: Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

Paul Graham (; born 13 November 1964) is an English-born computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and essayist. He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup ...more
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Robert Richardson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni
Cinematographer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States of America

Robert Bridge Richardson, ASC (born August 27, 1955) is an American cinematographer. He has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on JFK, The Aviator, and Hugo. ...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

Age: 52

Birthplace: New Jersey, United States of America

Brian Selznick (born July 14, 1966) is an American illustrator and writer best known as the writer of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007) and The Marvels (2015) and Wonderstruck (2011). He won ...more