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!

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 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

Buy your reunion dinner tickets and register for RISD By Design Weekend at 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:

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Collaborative Art Project: Social Documentation in Latch Hook

lizzy-crossContribute to a weekend-long crafting experiment that offers a meditation on the significance of interaction. Sit down with San Francisco-based artist Lizzy Cross [04 PT] and represent your presence using a unique yarn color of your choice. Latch hook is a simple rug-making technique that takes only minutes to master, so everyone is welcome to join in.

Friday: 12–4pm | Chace Plaza, 20 North Main Street
Saturday: 10am–4pm | RISD Beach, corner of Benefit & Waterman Streets

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5 Reasons to Attend RISD Reunion!


1. Reconnect with Old Friends
RISD connections last a lifetime, and RISD By Design weekend is a great chance to catch up face-to-face with the people you met during those special years. Reminisce with your old roommate over coffee, recall studio triumphs and traumas with your former classmates, or take your favorite professor out for a drink.

2. See Today’s RISD
Much of RISD remains timeless and charmingly unchanged despite the years, while other spots on campus are in a constant state of flux and renewal. Now’s your chance to take a tour of today’s RISD to see what’s new, what’s remained the same, and catch a glimpse of what’s to come.

3. The Ocean State is Calling
Why let the summer travel season have all the fun? Fall is a wonderful time to visit Rhode Island, take a stroll down tree-lined Benefit Street, and touch the surf and sand at Tillinghast Farm. Visit your favorite haunts on College Hill, Downcity, or Federal Hill, and discover new favorites in and around Providence.

4. Network like a Pro
Looking to expand your current business, change jobs, or relocate? You may run into someone during a campus tour, cocktail hour, or workshop who is eager to harvest RISD alumni for great new opportunities.

5. Show off your New Look/Kids/Partner
C’mon, you know you want to.

So REGISTER NOW! Early bird pricing ends September 26th! Hotels are filling up– just a reminder to also check in at alum-owned AirBnB for local accommodation options!

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Check out Apparel Design’s new digs!


In just three months, crews completed renovation of a fantastic new home for the Apparel Design department – much deserved after spending many years in cramped quarters! Don’t miss the Apparel Design Reception and Open House at 189 Canal Street on Saturday, October 11, from 5PM – 7PM. Faculty and students will be on hand to conduct tours of the new space and share all the opportunities it will make possible.

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