RISD Alumni Newsletter
June 2022

Photo from RISD Artists' Dance Party during Commencement + Reunion Weekend
Looking back at Commencement + Reunion Weekend  

Commencement + Reunion Weekend welcomed our community back to campus for an event-filled celebration! Our alumni reconnected and reminisced with old friends, got nostalgic with their families and joyously welcomed our newest alumni, the Class of 2022, at events that ranged from affinity group receptions to Friday night’s Artists’ Party under the tent and the Alumni processional at Commencement. We also honored our 2021 and 2022 Alumni Award recipients, took time to browse the artists and designers participating in RISD Craft: Spring 2022 and deepened our connections with all of you after several years apart. 

If you missed any festivities or want to relive the fun, take a look at our slide show on the alumni website or check out #RISDReunion2022 on Instagram. We hope we will see many of you this fall for President Williams’ Inauguration Weekend, October 7–9, 2022.

Take a look back at reunion!

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Welcome New Graduates

Through the Alumni Association, there are many ways to stay connected to the RISD community—from regional and global events offered by our Alumni Club and Affinity Groups to networking and professional development in the RISD Network and so much more!

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Alumni Survey

RISD alumni are a global community dedicated to continually innovating and pushing the boundaries of art and design. Later this summer, RISD will be inviting you to participate in the 2022 Alumni Survey, and we hope you will take the time to share your thoughts on where we are today and where we hope to be in the future.

Photo of Matthew Garza from Haus of Glitter
The Revolution will be Choreographed

Providence-based dance company Haus of Glitter recently spoke at RISD about using an activist dance opera to transform a racist national historic site. RISD’s Center for Social Equity and Inclusion and the Department of Theory and History of Art and Design recently co-hosted the event emceed by Assistant Professor of Industrial Design Jess Brown MID 09.

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RISD Grad Show 2022

A cornerstone of RISD’s graduate programs, the RISD Grad Show made a triumphant return to the Rhode Island Convention Center, showcasing the thesis work of the Graduate Class of 2022.

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Double Your Impact

Overcoming inequity takes action. You can help ensure that every student receives the full potential of an exceptional RISD experience. Thanks to a generous group of 1877 Society members, your gift will be doubled up to $250,000—but only until June 30.

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RISD Furniture Designers Dazzle at NYCxDESIGN

RISD students, including several members of the Class of 2022, brought RISD’s critical making approach to this year’s exhibition at WantedDesign Manhattan and International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC. Alumni including Winston Cuevas 15 ID, Ayumi Kodama MFA 20 FD, Xuelun Li MFA 19 FD, Kainan Liu MFA 20 FD and Eduardo Terranova MArch 06 also shared some of their latest collections.

Photo detail of Chace Center

How well do you think you know RISD’s iconic spaces and places? Do you think you can identify them by just a detail or two? Keep an eye on @RISDAlumni Instagram to participate in our monthly #RISDUpClose Challenges and test your knowledge of campus!

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Gallery Night Providence

July 21, 2022
5–7 pm
Looking for something to do in Providence this summer? The third Thursday of the month is Providence's Gallery Night! Join free tours of art galleries across the city, including the RISD Museum.

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Share your RISD Experiences

Connect with the incoming Class of 2026 and share your experiences of life at RISD and beyond. This July and August, join us for one of our New Student Summer Welcome Receptions happening in major cities across the globe!

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Photo of RISD Queer Alumni vendor booth at RI Pride Fest
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Photo of Brian Selznick at his talk during Commencement + Reunion Weekend
Photo of students on Fraizer Terrace from around 1963
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Photo of "Neponset River" by Michael Eder 85 PT

Haus of Glitter Co-director Matthew Garza. Photo courtesy of Haus of Glitter.
Low Caned Lounge by Grace Elwood 22 FD
Abstract paintings in acrylic and oil by Dylan Riley MFA 22 PT

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