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August 2021

Welcome to the Alumni Association Newsletter—sharing the latest RISD news and updates from our alumni community.

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RISD Weekend 2021

Register today for RISD Weekend! Our annual October event features a variety of engaging programs for the RISD community to connect with students, faculty and staff and celebrate everything that makes RISD unique.


Given the continued concerns surrounding COVID, travel implications and the re-opening of campus, RISD Weekend 2021 will welcome alumni and families to participate in virtual programming throughout the month of October and to attend a limited schedule of on-campus events on October 9, 2021.


Annual traditions will return including RISD Craft and the Fleet Library Books + Prints Sale. New virtual events include Alumni Shorts | Surviving Extinction—Future Food, a discussion hosted by Ciril Hitz 91 ID with guest panelists, Monica Martinez MFA 09 SC, Don Bugito, Arley Marks 10 SC and Al Read 91 ID.


Register for your can’t-miss events today!

See the full schedule

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Did you know that RISDmade accepts applications all year long? Connecting art lovers with artists at the click of a button, the guide links directly to your existing e-commerce site so that interested buyers can purchase directly from your shop.
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Presidential medal
On June 5, President Emerita Somerson presented Pauline Metcalf, Stephen Metcalf and Vera Metcalf with the President's Medal of Honor Award at a private luncheon at the University Club in Providence, Rhode Island.
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MFA in Illustration
Introducing RISD’s new MFA in Illustration—a two-year, 60-credit advanced studio program that looks to the future of illustration by focusing on critical perspectives, artistic voice and visual literacy in the public realm.
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Pulling on the Thread: Special Edition
Did you miss our special summer edition of the Alumni Association Podcast, Pulling on the Thread? Host Lois Harada 10 PR talked taxidermy, artistic installations and more with founder of Sisal Creative Becca Barnet 09 IL.
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Lifelong learning
Did you know that RISD Continuing Education has over 140 online courses available? Take a class anywhere in the world, at any time of day. In honor of 1877, the year RISD was founded, alumni + their families save 18.77% on registration with code 1877FALL21**. Offer expires Aug 19, 2021.
Explore classes
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RISD Museum acquires alumni work
RISD Museum has added Criogriff, a work by Ashley Eriksmoen MFA 00 FD to its collection. The work comes from the ground-breaking exhibition Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking, held in Philadelphia, October 2019–January 2020.
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Alumni updates
Keep up with your fellow RISD alumni. Visit the news + events section on the alumni website to see the latest on alumni exhibitions, publications, works, professional achievements and more.
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Footwear Affinity event

August 18 | 7 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other alumni making or designing footwear and hear from Allison Spahr 86 TX as she discusses materials and her longtime experience in the footwear industry.

**Use coupon code 1877FALL21 to save 18.77% on tuition for RISD Continuing Education classes for adults, teens and the Advanced Program for High School Students. Offer expires 11:59 pm ET on 8/19/21. Offer can be used for multiple class purchases for the Fall 2021 term. Offer does not apply to previous class purchases and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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