2015 RBD Schedule is up!

RBDStart planning your RISD By Design 2015 Alumni Reunion + Parents Weekend NOW: the official schedule is up! http://rbd.risd.edu/2015-schedule/

Keep an eye on this space for future details on the Reunion Dinners, President Rosanne Somerson’s Inauguration and other featured posts on workshops and keynotes. Registration opens soon, and many events sell out fast!

Looking forward to seeing you in October!

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A Letter to the Class of 1965

Dear RISD Class of 1965,

Can you believe it? It’s your 50th Reunion! And the Class of 1965 will be celebrating in style.

Take out that yearbook! Check out those pictures! Turn on the old tunes! Then mark your calendars for October 9-11, 2015 and get yourself ready to attend RISD by Design, Alumni Reunion + Parents’ Weekend. It is going to be one great, not-to-be-missed gathering. In addition to celebrating reunion, you are invited to attend the inauguration of RISD’s 17th President, Rosanne Somerson, on Friday, October 9. It will be a wonderful time to get celebrate everything RISD, and get caught up on what’s the same, what’s changed, and all that is planned for the future.


To commemorate this special occasion, RISD will be creating a 50th Class Book, full of pictures and stories from members of our class. You’ll want to be in this one for sure!

To be included, please email RISD Alumni Relations with the following info:

  1. “1965 50th Class Book” in the subject line
  2. Your full name, including any maiden name
  3. Your full contact info: home address, phone, email
  4. Your major while at RISD
  5. A short autobiographical sketch of your life and career since graduation (due to space limitations, information may be edited)
  6. A current photograph

You can also mail these materials to: Claire Robinson, RISD Alumni Relations + Special Events, 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903. Even if you are unable to attend the reunion, please send in your story and photo! A 50th Class Book will be mailed to you after the reunion.

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2015. Because of design and printing considerations, no late submissions can be accepted. (Just like those Freshman 3-D projects!)

If you have any questions regarding the Class Book or 50th Reunion activities, please contact Claire Robinson at (401) 454-6379 or crobinso@risd.edu.

Reach out to your classmates and encourage them to come, too. To find their contact information, search the online RISD Alumni Directory at alumni.risd.edu, or contact the RISD Alumni Relations Office at 401-709-8585.

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Save the Date for RISD By Design 2015!

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Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11

Revisit RISD for a weekend full of possibilities.

Celebrate the inauguration of RISD’s 17th president
Following in the footsteps of our female founders, Rosanne Somerson 76 ID is a strong and visionary leader. Come toast the first alumna to be selected president.

Connect with your friends and our entire creative community
Students, alumni, faculty, staff and curators love sharing what they do.

Feed your senses — and your soul
Watch detailed demos, take hands-on workshops, see student work, visit the RISD Museum and pick up special gifts at our juried sales exhibition.

Make plans now to rediscover RISD and reconnect with old friends.

Hotels fill up fast in Providence in mid fall.
For lodging + other information: rbd.risd.edu
Questions? Contact Claire Robinson at crobinso@risd.edu or 401-454-6379

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Collaborative ID Portrait Project


Calling all ID Grads!  Susan Bickford 86 BID is looking for alumni interested in contributing to her collaborative 4×4 portraits of beloved ID faculty members Ken Hunnibell 69 ID MAE 72, Marc Harrison , Bob O’Neal, Seth Stem and Mickey Ackerman MID 79.

For another example of this type of project check out her Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers Edition: ten portraits of local organic farmers made by 250 high school students and their teachers.

Interested?  Email her with “Risd Collaborative Portrait” in the subject line and she will send you an 8 x 8inch panel from one of the portraits, in the snail mail. It will be coded so they can be pieced back together.  It’s a giant collaborative value study!  Susan will also send along carbon transfer paper and links to demos on vimeo for ideas + encouragement.  Use any black and white media you like– gouache, india ink, ink wash, micron pens, water soluble graphite, collage, the sky is the limit!

If you’re planning on coming back for reunion you can just bring your panel with you and plan on putting it together with Susan that weekend (check the brochure for details on time and place). Otherwise Susan will give you the information you need to mail it back to her.

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Thanks For Coming!

RBD14Thanks to everyone who came out for RISD By Design 2014! Relive the fun (or see what you missed) by visiting the official RISD Alumni photostream on Flickr, peruse the #RBD14 hashtag over on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to read the official blog coverage at our.risd.edu!

See you all again next year!

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Open Studios 2014

RISD Open Studios

As you descend upon campus this weekend, be sure to enjoy the Open Studios!

Open Studios are an amazing opportunity for alumni to check up on their former departments and for parents to discover the allure of various studio majors. Students will greet you outside to guide you into the studio spaces, answer questions and talk about their departments. More information about specific departmental exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures can be found at this link.

Open Studios at RISD By Design Weekend | Saturday, October 11th | Noon – 3 p.m.

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NADS vs. NADS Alumni Hockey Game


Come back to campus during RISD By Design Weekend for some good old-fashioned hockey at a NADS vs. NADS Alumni game! Watch as America’s favorite college club hockey team (and Scrotie!) challenge its distinguished alumni players.

Nads vs. Nads Alumni Game at RISD By Design Weekend
Saturday, October 11, 2014
10:45 PM
Meehan Auditorium, 235 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906

Keep your eyes on http://rbd.risd.edu for updates about this and other amazing events happening this weekend. Don’t forget to Like the RISD NADS on Facebook!


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Close Encounters with Paint


Turn yourself into a work of art!  Sophy Tuttle [08 IL] offers to face paint fun and colorful designs on kids of all ages!

Close Encounters with Paint
Saturday, October 11th | 11am – 2pm | Frazier Terrace

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Happy Autumn, RISD! What says “autumn” more than PUMPKINS?

At RISD By Design this year, the RISD Staff Council will host its fourth annual Pumpkinpalooza, with food, fun and fantastic music by RISD’s own talented staff! Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, along with assorted tasty baked goods, will be on sale, with all proceeds benefitting the Staff Council Student Awards.

Join us for some delicious family-friendly fun! Check out the photos from last year’s event here.


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RISD Class of ’04 10-Year Reunion After Party

Didn’t see everyone at your RISD Reunion Dinner table? Still trying to catch up with that hottie from Freshmen drawing? Join your fellow Class of 2004 alumni for the After Party! Grab drinks, catch up, and party with other alumni at The Design Office in beautiful downtown Providence!

RISD Class of ’04 / 10 Year Reunion AFTER PARTY
Saturday, October 11th 10pm-12am
The Design Office, 204 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Tickets: $10 at https://risd04reunion.eventbrite.com

Buy your reunion dinner tickets and register for RISD By Design Weekend at http://rbd.risd.edu. Select “Young Alumni” when you register & have your registration fee waived!

This party starts at 10pm, after the Reunion Dinner, and goes till 12am. We’ll have a cash bar, music, and–for the wall flowers–the Design Office has an amazing collection of art books that you can use as conversation starters!

Please reach out to your classmates and tell them about RISD By Design Weekend coming up October 10-12! You only turn ten once and it’ll be a weekend to remember.

Questions or media inquiries? Email: melinda.rainsberger@gmail.com

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