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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?”
  • James Franco1

    James Franco

    Film Producer, Model


    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in...  more

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  • Seth MacFarlane2

    Seth MacFarlane

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceKent, Connecticut, United States of America

    Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker,...  more

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  • David Byrne3

    David Byrne

    Film Score Composer, Record producer


    BirthplaceDumbarton, United Kingdom

    David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record...  more

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  • Gus Van Sant4

    Gus Van Sant

    Painter, Television producer


    BirthplaceLouisville metropolitan area, Kentucky, Area code 502, Jefferson County, United States of America

    Gus Green Van Sant Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter,...  more

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  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman5

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Novelist, Lecturer

    AgeDec. at 75 (1860-1935)

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman (; née Perkins; July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935), also known as...  more

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  • Martin Mull6

    Martin Mull

    Painter, Comedian


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Martin Eugene Mull (born August 18, 1943) is an American actor and comedian who has appeared...  more
  • Chris Frantz7

    Chris Frantz

    Film Score Composer, Record producer


    BirthplaceFort Campbell, Kentucky, United States of America

    Charton Christopher Frantz (born May 8, 1951) is an American musician and record producer. He...  more
  • Tina Weymouth8

    Tina Weymouth

    Bassist, Songwriter


    BirthplaceCoronado, California, United States of America

    Martina Michèle Weymouth (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Chris Van Allsburg9

    Chris Van Allsburg

    Illustrator, Author


    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan

    Chris Van Allsburg (born June 18, 1949) is an American illustrator and writer of children's...  more
  • Julie Mehretu10

    Julie Mehretu

    Painter, Artist


    BirthplaceAddis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Julie Mehretu (born 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a contemporary visual artist, well known...  more
  • Charles Rocket11

    Charles Rocket

    Journalist, Musician

    AgeDec. at 56 (1949-2005)

    BirthplaceBangor, Maine, United States of America

    Charles Adams Claverie (August 28, 1949 – October 7, 2005), known by such stage names as...  more


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  • 12


    BirthplaceNorth Carolina

    Elliott Hundley (born 1975 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is an American artist, living and...  more
  • Dale Chihuly13

    Dale Chihuly

    Sculptor, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington, United States of America

    Dale Chihuly (born September 20, 1941) is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His...  more
  • Kara Walker14

    Kara Walker

    Painter, Installation Artist


    BirthplaceStockton, California

    Kara Elizabeth Walker (born November 26, 1969) is an American contemporary painter,...  more
  • Nicole Miller15

    Nicole Miller

    Fashion designer, Businessperson


    BirthplaceLenox, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Nicole Miller (born 1952) is an American fashion designer and businesswoman. Miller attended...  more
  • Shepard Fairey16

    Shepard Fairey

    Illustrator, Designer


    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

    Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is an American contemporary street artist,...  more
  • Justin Lo17

    Justin Lo

    Singer-songwriter, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York, United States of America

    Justin Lo (Chinese: 羅定偉, stage name 側田; born 1 July 1976) is a Hong Kong American...  more
  • Walt Simonson18

    Walt Simonson

    Cartoonist, Artist


    Walter "Walt" Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is an American comic book writer and artist,...  more
  • Charles Goslin19

    Charles Goslin

    Graphic Designer

    AgeDec. at 75 (1932-2007)

    BirthplaceAttleboro, Massachusetts

    Charles Laforest Goslin (February 23, 1932 – May 16, 2007) was an American graphic designer...  more
  • 20

    John Skidgel



    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia

  • David Macaulay21

    David Macaulay

    Illustrator, Author


    BirthplaceLancashire, United Kingdom

    David Macaulay (born 2 December 1946) is a British-born American illustrator and writer. His...  more
  • Jenny Holzer22


    BirthplaceGallipolis, Gallipolis Township, Ohio, United States of America

    Jenny Holzer (born July 29, 1950) is an American neo-conceptual artist, based in Hoosick...  more
  • Paul Graham23

    Paul Graham

    Programmer, Venture capitalist


    BirthplaceWeymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Paul Graham (; born 13 November 1964) is an English-born computer scientist, entrepreneur,...  more
  • Robert Richardson24

    Robert Richardson



    BirthplaceHyannis, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Robert Bridge Richardson, ASC (born August 27, 1955) is an American cinematographer. He has...  more
  • Brian Selznick25

    Brian Selznick

    Illustrator, Novelist


    BirthplaceUSA, New Jersey

    Brian Selznick (born July 14, 1966) is an American illustrator and writer best known as the...  more