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Holly Gaboriault 2020

Holly Gaboriault is a documentary filmmaker, director, curator, writer + design researcher creating strategies for transdicsplinary storytelling through ecosystems of inquiry and narrative connection.


For over seventeen years, Holly has incorporated the power of story as a crucial element exploring the multivocality necessary to share our stories and activate dialogues between design and globally-focused issues. Throughout her career her roles have included Art Director, Director of Public Programming, documentary filmmaker, design journalist, curator, lecturer, and exhibiting artist.


Since 2012, she has produced and directed documentary film features and media projects expanding interdisciplinary dialogues within art and design research amongst artists, designers, curators, writers, and musicians. Experienced in connecting uniquely diverse communities of practice, Holly provides strategic consultation for creative organizations and cultural institutions that encompass a range of perspectives, knowledge and disciplines resulting in new initiatives, programs, and community conversations.

Working as an artist and designer, she has created textile designs, editorial illustrations, public art installations, and participated in national invitational exhibitions + publications. During 2019-2021, she was the research graduate assistant to the RISD Research Director, a Maharam Fellow, and a Pedagogical Innovation Research Fellow while pursuing a Masters of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2021, she joined the Theory + History of Art + Design department at Rhode Island School of Design as a Lecturer for Global Modernisms and History of Architecture + Design.


Master of Arts, Global Arts and Cultures

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration

Art History concentration

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Maharam  Fellowship in Art + Design, 2020


Graduate Fellowship, 2019-2021

Rhode Island School of Design


Pedagogical Innovation Research Fellow, 2020

Rhode Island School of Design

Best Feature Film, 2016

Female Forces | RI Art Archive Project

Board of Directors + Committees

Art League of Rhode Island

Aurea Ensemble

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

Providence Athenæum

Providence Preservation Society

Newport Art Museum

Open Studios: Pawtucket

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

Rhode Island Historical Society

Rhode Island State Council for the Arts

Public Radio 

RISD Graduate Student Alliance

What Cheer Writer’s Club


“Call & Response” Speaker Series

Newport Art Museum

"Thesis Process + Storytelling” 

Graphic Design Graduate Department

Rhode Island School of Design


“Programming: Catalyst + Tool”

RHODI Conversations

Rhode Island Historical Society


“Helping History and Heritage Happen” 

Rhode Island Historical Society


“Paper Dolls Project: Artists In Archives” 

The Providence Athenæum


“Creative Impact Series”

Rhode Island State Council for the Arts


"Archiving and Artistic Practice” 

Intercultural Student Engagement

Rhode Island School of Design


2021 Graduate Speaker’s Series

Graduate Studies Office

Rhode Island School of Design

“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice

Guy-Blaché” with Director Pamela  Green" 

Film screening + discussion

Museum of Art, RISD

“Interactive Spaces”

Alliance of Artists Communities

Museum of Art, RISD

“Business & Creative Innovation”

Career Center Speaker Series, RISD


RI Art Archive Project Filmmaker + Artist panel discussion

Museum of Art, RISD

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

Providence Art Club

Newport Art Museum

Warwick Museum of Art


International Portfolio Day

Rhode Island School of Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Alumni Speaker’s Series

Rhode Island School of Design

DesignxRI SPARK Design Summit

The Wexford Innovation Center


“Female Forces: Women In RI Art” 

Museum of Art, RISD


“Curation + Art In the 21st Century” 

Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College


“The Abstract in Realism | Three Artists"

Newport Art Museum

+ Collaborators

Antiques Roadshow

The Avenue Concept


Aurea Ensemble

Bannister Gallery, RI College

Boston Ballet

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Brown University Herbarium 

Conde Nast Archives

Crimetown podcast

DC Public Library

Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism, City of Providence

Downtown PVD Parks Conservancy

Dirt Palace Projects

Eric Nathan (composer)

Fashion Institute of Technology

HarperCollins Publishers

Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Michael Holman Hip Hop Archive

Museum of Art, RISD

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

New York Times Book Review

Newport Art Museum 

Penguin Random House

The Public Theater

Public Art Works

Providence Preservation Society

RI Council for the Humanities

Rhode Island Historical Society

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

RI State Council for the Arts

RISD Nature Lab

RISD Graduate Studies Office

RISD Research Office

RI Training School

National Museum of African American History and Culture,

Smithsonian Museum

Thinc Design

University of RI

Wedding Cake House

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