Seth MacFarlane receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Prestigious National and International Awards

RISD Alumni are being recognized with honors and awards across the globe, such as MacArthur "Genius" Awards, Caldecott Medals, Emmys and Oscars, National Design Awards, and more.

Twenty-nine alumni have been included in the annual Forbes "30 Under 30" list celebrating young visionaries working in creative industries around the world, 25 more have been invited to participate in the Whitney Biennial, and RISD is one of the highest-ranking producers of Fulbright Fellows in the Specialized Institution Category with 81 alumni having received these fellowships.

Selected awards and alumni recipients

MacArthur "Genius" Awards
2015: Nicole Eisenman 87 PT
2012: Natalia Almada MFA 01 PH 
2006: David Macaulay BArch 69, Josiah McElheny 89 GL, Anna Schuleit Haber 98 PT, Shahzia Sikander MFA 95 PT/PR
2005: Julie Mehretu MFA 97 PT 
2004: Jamie Carpenter 72 IL
1998: Janine Antoni MFA 89 SC
1997: Kara Walker MFA 94 PT/PR

Caldecott Medal
2008: Brian Selznick 88 IL
2007: David Wiesner 78 IL
2002: David Wiesner 78 IL
1992: David Wiesner 78 IL
1991: David Macaulay BArch 69
1986: Chris Van Allsburg MFA 75 SC
1982: Chris Van Allsburg MFA 75 SC
1967: Ed Emberley EFS 60 

Caldecott Honor Award
2019: Grace Lin 96 IL, Oge Mora 16 IL
2014: David Wiesner 78 IL
2006: Marjorie Priceman 81 IL
2001: Christopher Bing 83 IL
2000: David Wiesner 78 IL
1998: David Wiesner 78 IL
1996: Marjorie Priceman 81 IL
1968: Ed Emberley EFS 60

Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellowship
2016-2017 David and Roberta Logie Fellow
A.K. Burns 98 GD

2016-2017 Rita E. Hauser Fellow
Lamia Joreige 95 PT

2013-2014 Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow
T. Marie Dudman 96 FAV

2006-2007 David and Roberta Logie Fellow
Anna Schuleit 98 PT

2000-2001 Bunting Program
Colleen Kiely 84 PT

Hollywood Walk of Fame
2019: Seth MacFarlane 95 FAV

Daytime Emmy
2007, 2005: Geoff Adams 93 FAV

Primetime Emmy
2011, 2005, 2004: Scott Vanzo 91 BArch
2010: Charles Ragins 91 IL
2002, 2000: Seth MacFarlane 95 FAV

Oscars
2011, 2004, 1991 in Cinematography: Robert Richardson 79 FAV

Cannes Film Festival
2003 Best Director and Palme D'Or: Gus Van Sant 75 FAV

Guggenheim Fellowship
2011: John Willis MFA 86 PH
2011: Janine Antoni MFA 89 SC
2005: Bruce Chao 73 SC/MFA 75 GL
2004: Arlene Shechet 78 CR

Guggenheim Museum's First Annual Art Award
2009: Ryan Trecartin 04 FAV

Venice Architecture Biennale
2010: KyungEn Kim MFA 97 SC, Do Ho Suh 94 PT, Eulho Suh BArch 90

Venice Biennale
2019: Nicole Eisenman 87 PT, Korakrit Arunanondchai 09 PR, Judith Unger 69 SC, Martine Gutierrez 12 PR, Julie Mehretu MFA 97 PT/PR, Tavares Strachan 03 GL
2013: Tavares Strachan 03 GL
2009: Dale Chihuly MFA 68 CR
2007: Jenny Holzer MFA 77 PT, Kara Walker MFA 94 PT/PR
2005: Jenny Holzer MFA 77 PT, Shahzia Sikander 95 PT/PR
2003: Roni Horn 75 SC, Andrea Zittel MFA 90 SC
2001: Do Ho Suh 94 PT

Whitney Biennial
2019: Nicole Eisenman 87 PT, Korakrit Arunanondchai 09 PR
2017: Shara Hughes 04 PT, Deana Lawson 04 PH, Leigh Ledare 00 PH, Jessi Reeves 17 PT, Jordan Wolfson 03 SC
2014: Sara Greenberger Rafferty 00 PH, Laura Owens 92 PT
2012: Liz Deschenes 88 PH, Nicole Eisenman 87 PT
2010: Huma Bhabha 85 PR
2008: Natalia Almada 01 PH
2006: Dan Colen 01 PH, Michael Snow 90 PH, Ryan Trecartin 04 FAV, Jordan Wolfson 03 SC
2004: Lecia Dole-Recio 94 PH, Spencer Finch 89 SC, Roni Horn 75 SC, Julie Mehretu 97 PT/PR, Laura Owens 92 PT, Liisa Roberts 90 SC, Andrea Zittel 90 SC
2002: Jim Drain 98 SC (Forcefield), Leif Goldberg 97 FAV (Forcefield), Ara Peterson 97 FAV (Forcefield)
1997: Shahzia Sikander 95 PT/PR