RISD Alumni Newsletter
May 2023
Reunion Weekend
Reunion Weekend
June 1–4, 2023

We are just weeks away from the largest RISD celebration of the year —Commencement + Reunion Weekend! We cannot wait to welcome our community to campus as we honor the accomplishments of the Class of 2023 and toast our reunion alumni at festivities across the four-day weekend. If you are a member of our reunion classes, there is still time to register for your events before the clock strikes on May 31. Additionally, we hope to see many of you at our free, open-to-the-community events around campus beginning on June 1!

Reunion 2023

RISD Alumni Magazine
RISD Alumni Magazine

We are thrilled to announce the launch of RISD’s new alumni magazine, hitting your mailbox in early June. Featuring members of our global alumni community, the reimagined magazine will tell stories about art and design's critical role in shaping our world. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Alumni Keynote
From Scratch: A Conversation with Julia Rothman 02 IL

June 1, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Illustration Department Professor Robert Brinkerhoff sits down with Metcalf Visionary Award Winner Julia Rothman 02 IL to explore Julia's New York Times column, her project “Women Who Draw,” and her upcoming release, How We Got By: 111 People Share Stories of Survival, Resilience, and Hope through Hardship.

Student Life
Student Life in 2023 (so far)

RISD students have been challenged in and out of the studio this spring. Explore the latest campus news, from collaborating with MIT Game Lab to investigating textiles' complex histories, service projects during Alternative Spring Break and more.

RISD Craft
RISD Craft: Spring 2023

June 3, 2023 at 11 am

RISD Craft returns to Benefit Street for our spring sale, featuring the work of over 130 alumni. Whether you are celebrating your reunion or just stopping by to check out the Commencement + Reunion festivities, be sure to stop by and support the work of alumni artists and designers!

Sustainability Lab
Sustainability Design Lab

RISD recently announced the launch of the Sustainability Design Lab, made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor. The lab will offer classes focused on adaptive reuse, alternative energy, rights of nature, rights to commons, public health, justice for culture, land use and the environment and more.

RISDmade for Dads & Grads

There is no better way to honor a unique graduate or dad in your life than with something as special and as one-of-a-kind as they are! Shop RISDmade and the Alumni Collection at the risd:store for that gift that says there is no one like you!

Book your tour of Italy

Connect with alumni and friends in beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Explore the islands and idyllic lakeside towns where poets and writers found inspiration. From romantic Isola San Giulio to charming Bellagio, chic Milan and elaborate villas, bask in the sun-soaked magic of Italy’s Lake District.

RISD Museum
RISD Museum: Get on the List!

Ever wished you’d made it to see that one gallery installation before it came down? We have a suggestion to ensure that you don’t miss any of the exhibits that have everyone talking—sign up for the RISD Museum mailing list!


Upcoming Alumni Events


Club of RI: Monthly Meetup at Moniker Brewery
May 24


RISD Museum: Ways of Looking 
May 25


RISD Reads Live Discussion: Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa
May 30


Reunion Weekend Community Events
June 1–4


RISD Commencement
June 3


Club of San Francisco: Bike Ride & Picnic at China Camp State Park
June 4


Club of NYC: Exclusive Tour & Artist Talk with Cheryl Molnar
June 7


RISD Museum: Self as Portrait, A Workshop for Artists
June 9


Club of South Florida: Talk, Workshop & Reception with Sitka Semsch 93 AP
June 10


Club of LA: Tour of Gamble House
June 10


Club of Canada: Picnic at Kitsilano Beach
June 11


Club of DC: Group Visit to Glenstone
June 25

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Image credits: Commencement + Reunion Weekend by Matthew Watson. LA's iconic Sixth Street Viaduct designed by Michael Maltzan BArch 85/P 24. Photo by: Páll Stefánsson. Julia Rothman 02 IL courtesy of herself. Student Life courtesy of RISD Marketing & Communications. RISD Craft by Scott Indermaur. Sustainability Design lab courtesy of Landscape Architecture. RISDmade: Rebecca Pry Design by Rebecca Pry 13 IL; Pretti.Cool by Kathrine Gilmer 08 AP and Mike Garman BArch 02; Time of Day by Dave Ten Eyck 93 IL; The Rafter Club by Evan Polivy 10 FAV; Vinylux by Jeff Davis MID 02. Italy courtesy of AHI Travel. Being and Believing in the Natural World courtesy of RISD Museum.

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