RISD Alumni Newsletter
February 2023
RISD Reunion 2023
Reunion Weekend

June 1–4, 2023

Will we see you over Reunion Weekend? Registration is now open, and we encourage our reunion class alumni to visit their class pages and register for their events. While you are there, check out your class yearbook or portfolio, recently digitized on RISD Digital Commons and listen to a Spotify playlist created just for you. We have an activity-filled weekend planned, so even if you are not in this year's reunion cycle, we hope you will stop by and enjoy our family-friendly and open community events!

Reunion 2023

Portrait of Helen Rowe Metcalf
Founders Day

Celebrate the spirit of innovation and community that inspired RISD’s founding. Join us for our Founders Day Presentation, Centering Earth: Contemporary Ceramics at the RISD Museum, free museum days, a RISD Store discount and our Global Days of Service.

Work by RISD Craft participant Mila Hermanovsk 91 AP
RISD Craft: Last Call for Fall

Deadline extended to February 23

Whether you are returning to Benefit Street or new to our sale, we invite RISD alumni working in all media to participate. It is free to apply, and the RISD Craft website has all the information, links and helpful hints you need to submit your application.

Photo of "On Paper" installation at RISD Museum
On Paper: Gifts from Paula and Leonard Granoff

On view at the RISD Museum through April 16

Highlighting a range of approaches to drawing during the past 20 years, this collection of 26 works on paper, many by RISD alumni, was built through the generosity of Paula Granoff HD 10 and Leonard Granoff. More than half of the works are on public display for the first time.

Photo of RISD flag on canal walk
Founders Day Giving Challenge

RISD began with just $1,675. In honor of that founding gift, we're hoping for 1,675 friends like you to help further the work of our founder, inspiring the artists, designers, creators, makers and dreamers who call RISD home today.

Sound artist using equipment
Studio for Research in Sound and Technology Broadens Academic Scope at RISD

Members of RISD's growing community of sound artists and researchers discuss how the evolving studio contributes to the college’s overall educational mission.

Monson Arts Design Resident
Monson Arts Design Residencies

Deadline: March 15

Monson Arts is partnering with RISD to offer two design-focused residencies for alumni. Applicants apply directly to Monson Arts. Non-US Citizens are eligible.

Photo of RISD flag outside historic building
RISD Withdraws from U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Rankings

In announcing this decision, RISD cited the inability of rankings to accurately assess art and design education while also running counter to principles of social equity and inclusion.

Photos of alumni travel destinations
Book a trip you won't forget!

Experience Turkey’s magnificent turquoise coast, Italy’s incomparable lake district, the romance of southern Spain, the natural wonders of Alaska, and the incredible beauty of Namibia and the southern African coast.

Photo of RISD beach
Google Workspace Update

In January, RISD announced it will no longer offer a complete Google Workspace Suite to alumni and that alumni email addresses will become forwarding only. You can read more about this change on the alumni website.

Upcoming Events


Super Art Sunday at the RISD Museum
February 19


Women in Business Branding & Networking Hacks to Increase Revenue
February 23


Club of RI at The Providence Skating Rink & Trinity Brewhouse
February 23


Club of Philadelphia at Tour & Workshop at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
February 25


Club of NYC Duke Riley at the Brooklyn Museum
March 11


Club of NYC at Cicero Book Book Drive
March 12


Common Ground Installation and Public Lecture
Centering Earth: Contemporary Ceramics at the RISD Museum
March 14


Women in Business L.I.F.E. After RISD: Lessons In Fashion
March 21


Club of Boston at National Braille Press
March 25


Club of Italy Open Studio with the British School of Orvieto
March 25


Club of South Florida at Lotus House
April 1


Club of RI Silkscreening with The Womxn Project Education Fund
April 1

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Photo of Women in Business group
Work by Sue Jensen MFA 74 FAV
Black and White reproduction of Daniel Bennett Schwartz, "Through The Line" from the RISD Alumni Bulletin, 1961, courtesy of the RISD Archives.
Alumni Lab instructor Erin Cantwell
Photo of the Tap Room
Image of Shahzia Sikander's "Pleasure Pillars"

Image credits: Reunion by Scott Indermaur and Matthew Watson 09 FAV; RISD Craft by Mila Hermanovsk 91 AP; On Paper courtesy of RISD Museum; Sound and Technology by Isabel Roberts; Monsoon Residency courtesy of Monson Arts; Alumni Travel: Iceland courtesy of Onward Travel; Sandwich Harbour, Namibia by Sergi Ferrete via unsplash; Istanbul by Hussein Himmati via unsplash; Alaska by Sandra Seitamaa via unsplash; Spain courtesy of AHI Travel; campus photos by Jo Sittenfeld MFA 08 PH.

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