RISD Alumni
April 2022

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

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Commencement + Reunion Weekend 2022

Commencement + Reunion Weekend is just over a month away. The Alumni Association can’t wait to welcome our community to campus for a family-friendly, activity-filled weekend designed to engage all ages. Alumni favorites RISD Craft: Spring 2022 and a special WaterFire along the Providence River return on Saturday, June 4. In addition, there are many exciting new events—such as Traditions: RISD’s Design Diploma at the Fleet Library, Turning Pages: A Talk with Writer and Illustrator Brian Selznick 88 IL, and Building with Bread, a presentation by baker and pastry chef Ciril Hitz 91 ID—happening all weekend long.

We hope you will join us June 2–5, 2022 as we celebrate our alumni, graduates and all things RISD.

See full event schedule

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Welcome Crystal Williams
RISD’s 18th President, Crystal Williams, began her tenure on April 1, 2022. She hopes to meet with alumni as part of her schedule of events leading to her inauguration in October 2022, so be on the lookout for events hosted by the RISD alumni clubs in your region.
President Williams' message to alumni
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Connect: RISD Alumni in India
April 30, 2022
7–9 pm IST

The Alumni Club of India and Shefali Kushalani P 22, Families Association Chair, invite alumni to gather and connect with current and newly accepted students and their families during the India Art Fair.
Join our community celebration
Pulling on the Thread illustration of Emiko L. Davies 02 PR by Suerynn Lee 12 PR.
Pulling on the Thread
Have you tuned in yet? Season 3 of our alumni podcast, Pulling on the Thread, launched on April 11. So open your favorite podcast streaming service and get inspired as alumni talk about their latest work, passions and what keeps them connected to RISD.
Tune in
Ka’igwu (Kiowa) Cradleboard, ca. 1900.
Founders Day Presentations
As part of our Founders Day celebration last month, we honored RISD’s mission to uncover and transmit knowledge and make lasting global contributions through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation with our virtual programs highlighting the RISD Archives and Museum Collections.
Watch the presentations
Thomas Sgouros, Remembered Landscape 14 • VIII • 96, August 14, 1996.
On Campus: Exhibitions
Are you planning a visit to campus this spring? Want to explore new art and design or revisit old favorites? The RISD Museum and RISD Galleries have great exhibitions open to the community. Stop by and see what's on view!
Explore current exhibitions
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Providing Access and Opportunity
The RISD Fund gives you the opportunity to help every student afford the RISD experience they need and deserve, no matter their financial circumstances. Now through June 30, you can double your gifta generous group of 1877 Society members will match all gifts up to $250,000.
Double your impact!
Photos of alumni at Global Days of Service events
Global Days of Service
In honor of Founders Day, alumni gave back to their communities. They took part in beach and park cleanups in Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, and Rhode Island. Additionally, they volunteered their time at the National Braille Press, Lakeview Pantry and Cicero Book Drive. Alumni also hosted art workshops in Beijing and donated art supplies in Pittsburgh.
Read more about alumni giving back
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Alumni Travel: Italy’s Lake District

July 16–24, 2022

Experience the magic of northern Italy’s unforgettable lake district, where sparkling lakes mirror the green hills and craggy slopes of the Alpine foothills, with a seven-night stay in Stresa by Lake Maggiore. Secure your spot by May 1!

Explore Italy with us
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Ka’igwu (Kiowa) Cradleboard, ca. 1900. Wood, leather, beadwork, and brass tacks, length: 111.1 cm. (43 3/4 in.). Museum Works of Art Fund 44.610

Thomas Sgouros, Remembered Landscape 14 • VIII • 96, August 14, 1996. Museum purchase-Gift of the Artist's Development Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation. © The Estate of Thomas Sgouros, courtesy of Cade Tompkins Projects.

Pulling on the Thread illustration of Emiko L. Davies 02 PR by Suerynn Lee 12 PR.

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