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Filmmaker  |  Curator  |  Design Researcher

Crafting stories that explore our desire
to create is crucial to understanding
and connecting to one another.

Holly Gaboriault combines film, curation, and design research to highlight hidden histories and methodologies centered in the power of storytelling. Her film projects include producing and directing narratives that expand interdisciplinary dialogues among artists, designers, and creative scholars. With a BFA Illustration and MA Global Arts and Cultures from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she has held positions as a designer, illustrator, creative director, curator, director of programming, and strategic storytelling consultant. From her studio practice, she has participated in national exhibitions, design publications, and created illustrations and textile paintings for a variety of spaces and clients.


Holly lectures in the Theory and History of Art and Design at RISD, is a member of the Summer@Brown faculty, and a 2023-24 Assistant Professor-in-Residence for the RISD Illustration Department. Her work integrates interdisciplinary tools for historical activation and reframing history with object-based research, artistic activism and curatorial investigation.

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MFA Research Methods | History of Illustration | Visual Thinking,

Illustration Department, RISD

Narrative Interventions: Hidden Histories in Museums + Archives,

Theory + History of Art + Design, RISD

Fashion, Gender + Textiles in the Modern Age,

Summer@Brown, Brown University

Female Forces: Hidden Histories of Women in Art + Design,

Theory + History of Art + Design, RISD

Summer@Brown, Brown University

Global Modernisms | Critical Intro to History Of Architecture + Design

Theory + History of Art + Design, RISD

* Currently active

Art League of Rhode Island

Aurea Ensemble

LitArts RI  *

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

Providence Athenæum

Providence Preservation Society

Newport Art Museum

Open Studios Pawtucket

RI Council for the Humanities

RI Historical Society

RI State Council for the Arts

RISD Graduate Alliance

RISD Library Faculty Programming

RISD Presidential Holistic Student         

   Wellness Initiative  *  

2022 - 2023

Faculty Research Fellow, Fleet Library

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)


Maharam Fellowship in Art + Design


2019 - 2020

Graduate Fellowship 

Global Arts + Cultures, RISD



Pedagogical Innovation Research Fellow,


Best Feature Film, 2016

Female Forces | RI Art Archive Project

Best in Show, 2013

Pawtucket Foundation Awards

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International Portfolio Day

Rhode Island School of Design

Mass 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

2021 Graduate Speaker’s Series

Graduate Studies Office

Rhode Island School of Design

“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” with Pamela E. Green

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 

Museum of Art, RISD; Providence Art Club; Pawtucket Arts Collaborative; Warwick Museum of Art; Newport Art Museum

“Call & Response” Speaker Series

Newport Art Museum

"Thesis Process + Storytelling” 

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

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