Thanks for Coming!

IMG_1619We had a great time at RISD By Design Alumni Reunion Weekend and hope you did too – thanks for coming and spending time with our creative community. We’ve added new stories and photos to and the official RISD By Design website from the weekend – be sure to check them out! You can also peruse the #RBD15 hashtag over on Facebook and Twitter.

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey by November 11th – it will help us to improve the experience for everyone who attends RISD By Design 2016.

See you all again next year!

Christina Hartley 74 IL
Director, Alumni Relations + Special Events

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ID Bike Rally


ID Bike Rally
Saturday, October 10, 2015
12pm – 3pm
161 South Main Street Parking Lots

Stop by the Industrial Design department this Saturday for the ID Bike Rally, part of Open Studios at RISD By Design 2015. Check out the student-made bicycles and maybe take one for a spin!

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Camera Obscura 2015


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Class of 1965 Brunch Seats Still Available


RISD Class of 1965 Reunion Brunch
Sunday, October 11, 2015 | 10 am-1:30pm
RISD Museum, Danforth Room, 20 North Main Street
$40 per person

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 with Curator Jan Howard. Use this last chance to connect, reminisce and perhaps begin planning the next reunion!

To register, give us a call at 401-709-8585 and we’ll be happy to save a seat for you!

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Free Week at the RISD Museum

The RISD Museum was just named one of the 20 Must-See Art Museums in America by Fodor’s Travel. To celebrate RISD By Design 2015 and the inauguration of President Rosanne Somerson, admission is FREE at the Museum through October 11th!

Visit the RISD Museum’s remarkable collection of more than 92,000 works of art from all periods and genres. Docents will guide you through exhibitions featuring some of the most notable pieces. Don’t leave Providence without visiting one of its greatest treasures! Go to for hours and directions.

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Last Chance to Register Online!

Online registration for
RISD By Design Weekend
Monday, Oct. 5th @ 11:59 p.m.!

Finalize your plans and



Still not ready? You can always give us a call at 401-709-8585 or register in person at the Chace Center Lobby on Oct. 9th and 10th!

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Collaborative Portrait Project: RISD 2015


You are invited to a RISD first: joining Susan Bickford 86 BID for the assembly and completion of her Collaborative Portrait Project during RISD By Design!

Collaborative Portrait Project: RISD 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
5:00 pm – 6:45 pm
ID building, 161 South Main Street

This project features four-foot tall portraits of seven beloved RISD ID professors (Mickey Ackerman 79 MID, John Behringer, Tage Frid, Marc Harrison, Ken Hunnibell 69 ID 72 MAE, Bob O’Neal, Seth Stem) collectively made by 175 alumni from around the globe.  Susan united alumni in this unique project honoring the legacy of some wonderful RISD teachers. This will be the first time all the individually designed squares will be assembled together to make complete portraits!

Volunteers are needed to be a part of this performance! Contact with subject line: “Portrait Assembly Volunteer” if you want to be a part of this experience!

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Tours, Glorious Tours

JUST ADDED: Tours of the new Co-Works space and RISD’s gorgeous Fleet Library!

co-worksCollaboration in Action: Co-Works Tour
Friday, Oct 9, 2015 | 11am-12:30pm
220 Union Street

Stop in and check out RISD’s new interdisciplinary digital fabrication studio, Co-Works, and visit with its talented Studio Technology Coordinator, David Kim MFA 14 DM. He will describe to you the state of the art space and it’s importance as “a nexus for interdisciplinary exploration” and “a place where students are free to challenge assumptions,” while you check out the plethora of technology, like its laser cutter, UV printer and advanced level CNC machine.

risd-libraryRISD Fleet Library Tour
Friday, Oct 9, 2015 | 11:30-12:30
15 Westminster Street, first floor

Join RISD Archivist Andy Martinez in RISD’s beautiful Fleet Library space as he takes you through two new library exhibits, one which examines RISD’s history through the leadership of its past presidents and the other, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Liberal Arts Division, looking at the role of the Liberal Arts at RISD since the School’s beginnings.

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Portraits by Design


Portraits by Design
Saturday, October 10th | 12:30-4pm
Memorial Hall Lobby, 226 Benefit Street
$30 per person, to be paid to photographer at sitting

Award-winning portrait photographer Steven Rosen 81 IL will create beautiful portraits of alumni, parents, students or guests. Drop by his pop-up studio and spend a few minutes posing, either by yourself or with a friend. The fee (cash or credit) covers the sitting and one retouched hi-res digital file to be emailed to you.

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Alumni Keynote: Adam Silverman

Adam SilvermanAlumni Keynote | RISD DNA: The First 25 Years
Friday, October 9, 2015 | Metcalf Auditorium
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Adam Silverman BArch 88 embodies the creatively flexible RISD alum who does it all. After graduating with a major in Architecture and practicing briefly in the field, he c0-founded the hugely successful fashion labels X-Large and X-Girl while also earning his MBA from UCLA. After nine years in fashion he returned to a passion that began in high school: making pots. In 2002 he began a full-time career in ceramics and has since exhibited extensively in the US and Japan. In 2008 he became a partner and the studio director of Heath Ceramics before reestablishing his independent studio practice in 2014.

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