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Famous Rhode Island School Of Design Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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

    Film Producer, Model
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    Seth MacFarlane

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    David Byrne

    Film Score Composer, Record producer
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    Gus Van Sant

    Painter, Television producer
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    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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    Martin Mull

    Painter, Comedian
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    Chris Frantz

    Film Score Composer, Record producer
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  • 8

    Tina Weymouth

    Bassist, Songwriter
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    Chris Van Allsburg

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  • 10

    Julie Mehretu

    Painter, Artist
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    Charles Rocket

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    Dale Chihuly

    Sculptor, Entrepreneur
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  • 14

    Kara Walker

    Painter, Installation Artist
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  • 15

    Nicole Miller

    Fashion designer, Businessperson
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  • 16

    Shepard Fairey

    Illustrator, Designer
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  • 17

    Justin Lo

    Singer-songwriter, Actor
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  • 18

    Walt Simonson

    Cartoonist, Artist
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  • 19

    Charles Goslin

    Graphic Designer
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    John Skidgel

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    David Macaulay

    Illustrator, Author
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  • 22
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  • 23

    Paul Graham

    Programmer, Venture capitalist
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  • 24

    Robert Richardson

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    Brian Selznick

    Illustrator, Novelist
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