RISD Alumni Newsletter
October 2022

Dear RISD Alumni,

RISD in the fall is one of my favorite memories. The excitement of new beginnings as new students join our community and begin to explore new spaces, creative paths and experiences. This year, I was honored to return to campus and participate in another new beginning, Inauguration Weekend, welcoming President Crystal Williams on behalf of our over 31,000 alumni living in 125 countries across the globe. In my remarks, I shared one of the most significant themes from your responses to our 2022 Alumni Survey—RISD is a beloved and powerful place that fuels us as we imagine futures together. 

I encourage you to read President Williams’ Inaugural Address. She spoke of the themes she hopes will set the stage for RISD’s next 150 years: Amplify, Evolve, Cultivate, Engage and Connect. Although I hope you will take a moment to watch for yourself, I want to close with a brief excerpt that I believe responds to our collective desire to deepen and strengthen the relationship between RISD and our alumni community.

“When I arrived here in April, I quickly learned that one of RISD’s distinctive characteristics is that we long to connect, to form meaningful, strategic alliances with each other. Alums want to be connected to students. Students want and need to be connected to alums. Parents want to connect with the school. Departments want to find points of overlap. To us, our interconnections and interdependencies, our communities, are elemental. So over the next years we will focus energy on developing means by which our multiple communities can further cohere in service of amplifying, cultivating, evolving, engaging and connecting.”

The Alumni Association is excited to work closely with President Williams and RISD to connect and engage with our global community. Keep an eye out for the announcement of our 2022 Alumni Survey findings, new programs like Alumni Labs and upcoming regional and international events throughout the year here in our newsletter, on the website and social media.


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New Spaces Symposium

In early October, RISD celebrated the inauguration of President Crystal Williams with a two-day symposium exploring notions of space in the world of art and design that amplified the voices of faculty, staff, alumni and visiting scholars working in a wide array of disciplines.

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RISD Craft: Spring 2023

Saturday, June 3, 2023 
11 am–5 pm ET

We are excited to announce that RISD Craft will again be part of our Commencement + Reunion Weekend festivities. Participant applications are now open—it is free to apply; we are accepting alumni applications through November 3, 2022.

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Donors Rally to Support RISD Students

The RISD community showed its strength during the 2021–22 fiscal year, with donors rallying to support students, promote accessibility and equity of opportunity and deliver on its commitment to social justice by giving generously to financial aid, including establishing new scholarships and fellowships.

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Registration for Alumni Labs is open!

Pilot Courses run from 
January 21–March 3, 2023

Established in partnership with the RISD Alumni Association and RISD Continuing Education, Alumni Labs is your space for continuous learning driven by peer support, expert advice and a rekindling of curiosity and creative practice.

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RISD Museum Returns Benin Bronze to Nigeria

In a ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the RISD Museum and the Rhode Island School of Design returned Head of a king (Oba), previously held in the museum’s collection, to the Nigerian National Collections.

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Alumni Travel Spotlight: Iceland Info Session

Thursday, November 3, 2022
1 pm ET
Online via Zoom

Want to learn more about the upcoming trip to Iceland? Have questions about the itinerary, what to bring or how to register? Join us for an informational session with Onward Travel to learn more and have all your questions answered!

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Exploring Residency Opportunities

Thursday, November 10, 2022
7 pm ET
Online via Zoom

Hosted by the RISD Career Center, learn from the Artist Communities Alliance how residencies can support your artistic practice while expanding your resources and access to space, equipment, community and professional opportunities.

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SNAAP Survey

RISD is participating in the 2022 SNAAP survey, exploring the lives of art and design alumni. Your experiences will help RISD and other participating institutions nationwide prepare students for success.

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Image credits: Inauguration materials and identity by José Menéndez MFA 17 GD and Tatiana Gómez MFA 18 GD of Counterform, web design and motion graphics by Carson Evans MFA 18 GD, typefaces RISD Sans and RISD Serif by Ryan Bugden 14 GD; RISD Craft photos by Matthew Watson 09 FAV; Donor Support photo by Jo Sittenfeld MFA 08 PH; Alumni Labs courtesy of Career Center; Head of a king (Oba), probably 1700s, Deaccessioned by the Fine Arts Committee and Board of Governors, Fall 2020. Ex Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich; Reykjavík courtesy of Onward Travel; SNAAP survey photo by David O'Connor.

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