Hotel Deals Still Available!


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, families & friends, so make your reservations today! Check out our hotel page for information, links, & discount codes.

Remember, these rooms go FAST, so book your lodging ASAP!

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Register today for RISD BY DESIGN 2015

RGB-Regsiter-NowClick on the above link to reserve your spot at RISD By Design 2015. If your grad year ends in a 5 or 0, then this is the year for you! Details for the reunion luncheon, dinners, and brunch can be found on the 2015 Schedule page.

Highlights this year include hands-on workshops, Open Studios, a special children’s book reading, reunion dinners, the all-new RISD Craft, the ISB Open House, plus much more!

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

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Calling all RISD BALLS basketball team alumni!


Come back to campus during RISD By Design Weekend for some good old-fashioned basketball at a BALLS vs. BALLS Alumni game! Enthrall the crowd as they watch America’s favorite college club basketball team challenge its distinguished alumni players. Sign up to play today!

BALLS vs BALLS Alumni Game
Saturday, October 10, 2015
10:00 p.m.
Pizzitola Center at Brown University

So grab your (basket)BALLS and don’t miss out! Contact Dan Freitas [05 IL] at and let him know you’re coming. 

Don’t forget to register for RISD By Design Alumni + Parents Weekend! Keep your eyes on our event blog for updates about the game and other amazing events happening this fall.

Like the BALLS on Facebook and stay in the loop with your fellow BALLS alumni!

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2015 RBD Schedule is up!

RBDStart planning your RISD By Design 2015 Alumni Reunion + Parents Weekend NOW: the official schedule is up!

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

Reach out to your classmates and encourage them to come, too. To find their contact information, search the online RISD Alumni Directory at, 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:
Questions? Contact Claire Robinson at 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!

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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