Just for Parents


RISD By Design is a great opportunity for parents of current RISD students to become better acquainted with the RISD family. Throughout the weekend there will be opportunities to visit classrooms, talk with RISD faculty and career specialists, network with other RISD parents, and browse current student artwork. Don’t miss these great segments featured in our “Parents Track” of programming:

Friday, October 10

Student Works @ Gelman Gallery
10 am – 5 pm
Take in the latest student-curated show at the Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery, an enticing space to check out new work on the second floor of the Chace Center.

Majorly Eye-Opening | Classroom Visits
1 - 4 pm
Want an up-close look at students and faculty at work? Interested parents and alumni can explore classes in progress in Architecture + Design, Fine Arts, Foundation Studies and Liberal Arts. More information about specific classes and locations will be available at registration.

Roadmap to RISD (and beyond)
1 - 4:30 pm
Tailored towards parents but open to everyone, this three-part presentation highlights RISD’s talented faculty, looking at the structure of the academic experience and how studio work prepares students for real-world careers.

President’s Welcoming Reception
4:30 - 6 pm
Join us for cocktails with interim President Rosanne Somerson 76 ID as you mix and mingle with other alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff during this festive outdoor kickoff to a great weekend.

Saturday, October 11

Parents’ Coffee + Conversation
8:15 – 9:15 am
Fuel up for the day with other RISD parents over coffee, pastries and informal conversation.

The Freshman Experience: An Inside Look at Foundation Studies
11:15 am – noon
Dean of Foundation Studies Joanne Stryker and Foundation faculty discuss the importance of RISD’s first-year program and why it makes such an indelible impact on students for years to come. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions during a brief Q&A session at the end.

Residence Life: Where Can I Live Next Year?
12:30 – 1 pm
Especially important for parents of first-year students, this session explains RISD’s diverse housing options, the housing selection timeline and how the housing selection process works.

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Where’s the Brunch?!

brunchOops! Apologies to Class of 1964 members who are registering by mail: there was a printing omission in your RISD BY DESIGN brochure regarding the Reunion Brunch. To sign up via mail, simply write in “Class of 1964 Reunion Brunch – $40 per person” on your registration form, add the cost to your total, and send it in! We apologize for the inconvenience but hope you’ll join us for what’s sure to be a fabulous event:

RISD Class of 1964 Reunion Brunch
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Danforth Room, RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street
Make goodbye a little easier over mimosas and brunch in the Museum. Brunch will be followed by a private tour of the Museum’s Prints, Drawings and Photographs collection at noon; Associate Curators Emily Peters will pay special attention to works from students and faculty in attendance circa 1964. Use this last chance to connect, reminisce and perhaps begin planning the next reunion! Cost: $40 per person.

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Registration for RISD By Design Weekend is NOW OPEN!


Click on the above link to view the schedule of events, or go straight to the registration site to reserve your spot at RISD By Design 2014. Please note that if you are an alumni and your partner is as well, you should create two separate registrations so that we can process your information correctly.  Don’t worry, we’ll link you together once we’ve received both forms!

Highlights this year include panel discussions by notable alumni, hands-on workshops, a special children’s book reading, reunion dinners, the RISD Alumni Sale, plus much more!

Questions? Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 401-709-8585.

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Start planning your 50th RISD Reunion Weekend!

64 Reunion

Let’s get together again and experience what has remained the same, as well as see the new and very exciting additions to the RISD campus. Your old haunts. The work of current students. That RISD magic. Get inspired!

Class of 1964 50th Reunion
October 10 – 12, 2014

Featuring Receptions, Open Studios, Museum Tours, the Alumni + Student Art Sale, Walking Tours of RISD, plus events unique to Class of ’64 alumni and guests.

Check back often for lodging, schedules & registration updates! Questions? Give us a call at the Alumni Relations Office at 401-454-6379.

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Book Your Hotel Now for RBD 2014!


Don’t miss out on great deals at some of Providence’s swankiest hotels during RISD By Design weekend!

We’ve made a number of courtesy room blocks just for RISD alumni, their families, and friends, so make your reservations today! Check out our hotel page for information and discount codes, which we’re updating with new deals as they come in.

Remember, these rooms go FAST, so book as early as you can to ensure the best rate!

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Let’s Get Social

Hey kids!  Reunion time is coming around again– if your year ends in a 9 or a 4, this means you!  Build excitement and attendance for your upcoming reunion by creating a Facebook page!  The Class of 1964 just established their page, and is already filling it with wonderful photos and memories.  Join us!

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Thanks for coming!

rbd-2013aThanks to everyone who came out for RISD By Design 2013! Relive the fun (or see what you missed) by visiting the official RISD Alumni photostream on Flickr.

See you all again next year!

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Ride with RISD

RISD Rides

Decompress from RISD By Design Weekend with RISD Cycling!

RISD Gran Fondo
Sunday, October 13th | 9:00 am
Scituate High School | North Scituate, RI

RISD Students Alumni, Parents, Faculty, and Staff and friends are invited to a morning bicycle ride Sunday, October 13th. The route begins at Scituate High School and travels about 25 miles round trip with a few hills and dirt roads. There will be an extended route for those who would like to ride 50 miles. Cue sheets will be provided for all riders, and you must be 18 years of age to participate in this cycling event.

For more information, please visit https://www.bikereg.com/Net/risd-gran-fondo.

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Mail, phone, fax and online registration closed on Monday, October 7. If you’ve missed the deadline, you’ll need to register once you arrive on campus.  Stop by the Check-in registration desk at the Chace Center, 20 North Main Street.

Registrations for class dinners will be accepted in person on Friday only.  We have a limited number of additional seats open, but can’t guarantee you will be seated with your classmates during dinner service. Again, stop by registration in the Chace Center.

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Making It In America

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You’ll want to use the RISD Museum pass you receive when you stop by registration to see the more than 100 outstanding works of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Museum’s collection on display in the new exhibition Making It in America, which illuminate connections between American ambitions and the making of art. ” American art has played a central role at the RISD Museum since its earliest days, and we celebrate this legacy with Making It in America,” says Museum director John W. Smith. “Drawn exclusively from our phenomenal permanent collection, this show is our first in-depth exploration of this subject in many years.”

While you are there, check out Locally Made, celebrating the rich and diverse talent in Providence and nearby communities.

More information on exhibitions and Museum hours can be found on their website.

Image: Frank Weston Benson, Summer 1909. Bequest of Isaac C. Bates. Courtesy of The RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

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