RISD Alumni
December 2021

Dear Friend,

Snow may be in the air in Providence, but that just means things are heating up on our beloved RISD campus. I am excited to share with you the launch of two new alumni affinity groups, RISD Women in Business and RISD Asian Alumni, and our newest international alumni clubs, the Club of Italy and the Club of Canada. I hope you will take the time to explore and connect with these groups. All RISD alumni clubs and groups welcome alumni and students with interest or affiliation regardless of race, ethnicity, orientation, gender expression and identity, cultural background or regional location.

If you are looking for a different type of campus connection and are in New York City this December and January, I encourage you to visit The Met’s current Surrealist Exhibition to see the RISD Museum’s highly regarded Wifredo Lam painting, part of the museum’s traveling collection. This work was recently conserved thanks to a generous grant from Bank of America and highlighted as part of their Masterpiece Moment Series.

Our RISD experience is a connection we all share. We remember our focus and determination as we faced Crits + Finals, the satisfaction of accomplishing more than we thought we could over the semester and the excitement (and relief!) of heading into winter break. I hope you will join me and take a moment to send positive thoughts to our students as they prepare for the end of their semester. 

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season. 


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RISD Alumni Association

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Mark your calendars
January 18, 2022

RISD’s Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Series January Keynote features author, educator and political commentator Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton.

Learn more

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Now on view at RISD Museum
Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities
November 12, 2021–January 30, 2022

This exhibition tracks the first 15 years of internationally celebrated artist Shahzia Sikander MFA 95 PT/PR and her groundbreaking work bringing painting traditions from South and Central Asia into dialogue with contemporary art practice.

Plan your visit

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Remembering Virgil Abloh

The RISD community was deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of visionary designer Virgil Abloh HD 21. He will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the creative community. We cherish more than ever his words to our graduating Class of 2021, “Be ambitious, be imaginative and relish your achievements.”

Virgil Abloh Keynote

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Fleet Library Alumni Collection

RISD’s Fleet Library has an extensive collection of books and more by RISD authors and illustrators, and we’d love to include you! If you are a RISD graduate with published work you would like included in this collection, please visit the alumni website for information on donating your work.

Help us grow our collection

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Future Artists + Designers

Do you know a high school-aged student looking to experience RISD or pursue a college degree in art + design? RISD Pre-college and Advanced Program Online are now registering for their spring and summer programs.

Explore programs

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Shop RISDmade + more for the holidays

Looking for unique gifts this holiday season? Let RISDmade, RISD/Limited Editions and the risd:store be your online guides to a wide range of works from RISD Alumni. Shop RISD and support the community you love!

Shop RISDmade

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Give back

Did you know that when you shop with AmazonSmile, you can choose RISD as your charity? AmazonSmile will donate .5% of your eligible purchases back to RISD. Buy the things you need and support the community you love.

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Shahzia Sikander, Pleasure Pillars, 2001. Collection of Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee. © 2021 Shahzia Sikander. Courtesy: the artist, Sean Kelly, New York and Pilar Corrias, London.

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