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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
Designer

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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