RISD
WEEKEND
Oct 7–9
2016

RISD Weekend

October 7–9, 2016

RISD campus, Providence, RI

RISD Weekend is an annual celebration for alumni, parents, students and friends. This year’s event includes reunion gatherings for alumni who graduated in years ending in 1 or 6 as well as RISD Craft, a juried sales exhibition of alumni and student work.

Special presentations, panel discussions, tours, open studios and receptions are offered throughout the weekend, including amazing opportunities to recognize and celebrate 50 Years of RISD Glass.

Whether you’re returning to campus or joining us for the first time, RISD Weekend festivities are designed to connect you with everyone and everything that makes RISD extraordinary.

Schedule

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Friday check-in

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Chace Center, 20 N Main Street

Student Works @ Gelman Gallery

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Chace Center, 2nd Floor, 20 N Main Street

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.

Mind Games with Lane Myer

| limit: 30 attendees

In this interactive session with Lane Myer, a senior critic in the Sculpture department, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the agility of the mind and how it can both help and hinder creativity and understanding.

The Crit - Session 1 with Fred Lynch

| limit: 30 attendees

Participants will get an in-depth look at what really happens during critique sessions at RISD, looking, listening and reflecting deeply on the work in question.

Pop-up Books with Claudia Covert and Ariel Bordeaux

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Fleet Library, Library Room 201 (Special Collections Library), 15 Westminster Street

Special Collections Librarian Claudia Covert and her colleague Ariel Bordeaux invite participants to explore the history of the pop-up book from the 1700s to the present. Using both mass-produced and hand-crafted books as inspiration, participants will implement what they learn and make their own pop-up books.

RISD’s Material Resource Center with Mark Pompelia

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Fleet Library, Materials Library, 15 Westminster Street

The Fleet Library’s Material Resource Center houses one of the nation’s largest material samples collections. Students and faculty engage the collection for inspiration and research, to source materials and better understand their properties and processes. Join librarian Mark Pompelia for a special inside look at this invaluable collection.

Exploring the Scalable World with Neal Overstrom

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Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, 13 Waterman Street

| limit: 24 attendees

Everyone enjoys a day at the beach, but this workshop with Nature Lab Director Neal Overstrom provides a true sense of Rhode Island as the Ocean State, reflecting on the processes that sustain life in our coastal marine communities. Using Nature Lab imaging equipment ranging from microscopes to ecosystem-level geographic information systems, we’ll examine the tiny organisms that live in Narragansett Bay and discover why they are critical to the health of the ocean and the human race.

Ways of Looking with a RISD Museum educator

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RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street

| limit: 24 attendees

Look closely at a selected work in this guided introductory session. Context and connections are illuminated through lively conversation facilitated by a RISD Museum educator.

The Crit - Session 2 with Todd Moore

| limit: 30 attendees

Participants will get an in-depth look at what really happens during critique sessions at RISD, looking, listening and reflecting deeply on the work in question.

The Studio Class Crit with Ken Takashi Horii

| limit: 20 attendees

Participants will get an insider’s look at different formats of the crit in RISD studio classes with ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss these essential interactions. Our conversation will touch on the fears, realities, objectives and cautions that surround the critique to uncover the vital importance of this phenomenon in a RISD education.

Life After RISD: Alumni Panel

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Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Get a sense of the diverse paths alumni have taken during this panel discussion moderated by Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies Joanne Stryker.

President’s Welcome Reception + State of School Address

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RISD Museum, Main Gallery, 224 Benefit Street

President Rosanne Somerson 76 ID, the first female alum to lead the college, brings you up to date about what’s going on at RISD this year.

Alumni Keynote | Tavares Strachan 03 GL

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Metcalf Auditorium, 1st floor, 20 N Main Street

To help kick off the Glass department’s 50th anniversary celebration, groundbreaking conceptual artist Tavares Strachan 03 GL speaks about his innovative approaches to working with glass.

Art After Dark

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RISD Museum, Main Gallery, 224 Benefit Street

Mix and mingle while enjoying cocktails and live music in the RISD Museum’s atmospheric Main Gallery.

Saturday check-in

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Chace Center, 20 N Main Street

Colossal Camera Curiosity

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Illustration Studies Building (ISB), Parking lot, 55 Canal Walk

The camera obscura returns with a brand-new design. Creators Peter Goldberg 87 PH and Erik Gould have collaborated with RISD alumni at Pnuehaus to create an all-new inflatable camera obscura. Come and see what it feels like to step inside a giant eyeball, experiencing the phenomenon of light that is the basis of vision, photography, video and movies.

RISD Craft

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Benefit Street, Outdoors between Waterman & Hopkins streets

Whether you’re browsing, buying or doing a bit of both, you’ll discover great work created by more than 150 alumni and student artists in this juried sales exhibition. Be sure to cast your vote for the Best in Show award.

Books + Prints Sale

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The Mandle Building, Front entrance, 15 Westminster Street

Browse through a fascinating selection of used books and prints on display in front of 15 West (or inside the RISD library, if the weather doesn’t cooperate). Proceeds from the sale support the acquisition of new items for the library’s collection.

Career Options in Art and Design

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Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Learn about the surprising range of options available in creative fields and the resources the Career Center offers students and alumni.

Hands-on Kids’ Workshop | Autumn Colorful Creative Collages

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RISD Beach, 215 Benefit Street

Both little and larger hands can engage in some big art making together with Laura Evonne Steinman 99 SC. Cut, place and sew hand leaves onto a collaborative collage and create your own smaller fabric collages.

Walking Tour of Historic RISD

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The Mandle Building, Departs from the front entrance, 15 Westminster Street

RISD archivist Andy Martinez introduces the college’s rich history via a leisurely walk around campus that highlights the changing landscape and diverse architectural structures.

The First-Year Experience

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Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Get a feel for what it’s like to be immersed in intense, full-day studios in this intro to and Q&A about RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies program led by Dean Joanne Stryker.

Caricatures on RISD Beach

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RISD Beach, 215 Benefit Street

Strike a pose on RISD’s famed beach while your visage is immortalized in caricature by RISD’s own Phil Oliveira 16 CE. Great fun and free!

Half-Century Celebration: Classes of 1971, 1966 + all earlier years

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President’s House, 132 Bowen Street

$30 for lunch / registration required

Members of the classes of 1971 and 1966 (celebrating their 45th and 50th reunions) and all earlier years are invited to this special luncheon with President Rosanne Somerson.

Open Studios

An opportunity for alumni to revisit their 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, hands-on demonstrations and lectures will be available at registration.

Healthy Living at RISD

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Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

This session led by RISD’s Student Affairs staff offers parents insights and ideas for supporting student artists and designers from a distance. Learn about the benefits of extracurricular activities and the importance of wellness and balance in navigating the RISD experience.

Greatest Hits @ the RISD Museum

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Chace Center, 20 N Main Street

The RISD Museum was recently named one of the 20 Must-See Art Museums in America by Fodor’s Travel. Get a feel for the museum’s remarkable body of more than 86,000 works of art from all periods and genres. A docent will guide you through an exhibition featuring some of the most notable pieces in the collection.

RISD READS | Children’s Book Reading and Signing

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Illustration Studies Building (ISB), Main gallery, 55 Canal Walk

Readers, writers and illustrators of all ages are invited to join award-winning children’s book creators Stuart Murphy 64 IL, Juana Medina 10 GD and Salley Mavor 78 IL as they read aloud from their picture books. A book signing sponsored by risd | works will follow.

50 Years of Glass: Material Investigations

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Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Founded just as the studio glass movement was taking off in the US, RISD’s Glass department is celebrating a half century at the forefront of the field. Distinguished alumni James Carpenter 72 IL, Toots Zynsky 73 GL, Helen Lee MFA 06 GL and Alex Rosenberg 06 GL will discuss their work and the very different paths they have taken since their time at RISD.

50 Years of Glass: Panel

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Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Founded just as the studio glass movement was taking off in the US, RISD’s Glass department is celebrating a half century at the forefront of the field. Mass MoCA Curator Denise Markonish will lead a discussion with faculty and alumni about the department’s dynamic environment of experimentation and investigation.

50 Years of Glass: Cocktail Reception and Book Preview

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Chace Center, 20 N Main Street

Celebrate the publication of 50 Years of Glass, a soon-to-be-released book documenting the RISD Glass department’s half century at the forefront of the studio glass movement.

Class of 1966: 50th Reunion Dinner

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University Club, 219 Benefit Street

$65 per person | registration required | limited cash bar*

Catch up over dinner with classmates celebrating their 50th reunion. One drink ticket is included for the cocktail hour that precedes dinner.

Class of 1976: 40th Reunion Dinner

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President’s House, 132 Bowen Street

$65 per person | registration required | limited cash bar*

Catch up over dinner with classmates celebrating their 40th reunion. One drink ticket is included for the cocktail hour that precedes dinner.

Classes of 1981 (35th) and 1971 (45th) Reunion Dinners

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University Club, 219 Benefit Street

$65 per person | registration required | limited cash bar*

Classes celebrating reunions catch up over dinner at various locations. One drink ticket is included for the cocktail hour that precedes dinner.

Class of 1986 (30th) Reunion Dinner

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Woods-Gerry Gallery, 62 Prospect Street

$65 per person | registration required | limited cash bar*

Catch up over dinner with classmates celebrating their 30th reunion. One drink ticket is included for the cocktail hour that precedes dinner.

Class of 1991: 25th Reunion Reception

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Fleet Library, 15 Westminster Street

$65 per person | registration required | limited cash bar*

Classes celebrating reunions catch up over dinner at various locations. One drink ticket is included for the cocktail hour that precedes dinner.

Classes of ’11 (5th), ’06 (10th), ’01 (15th), ’96 (20th) Reunion Dinner

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Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street

$65 per person | registration required | limited cash bar*

Classes celebrating reunions catch up over dinner at various locations. One drink ticket is included for the cocktail hour that precedes dinner.

Greatest Hits @ the RISD Museum - Day 2

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Chace Center, Meet at the sign, 20 N Main Street

Class of 1966: 50th Reunion Brunch

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RISD Museum, Danforth Room, 2nd floor, 224 Benefit Street

$40 per person | registration required

Make goodbye a little easier over mimosas and brunch in the RISD Museum. Brunch will be followed by a private tour of the museum’s Prints, Drawings and Photographs collection at noon with Curator Jan Howard. Take this last opportunity to connect, reminisce and perhaps begin planning your next reunion.

On-campus Exhibitions Tour

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Woods-Gerry Gallery, 62 Prospect Street

Tour campus spaces, examine exciting new work and chat with some of the artists and organizers as part of our guided gallery tour. You’ll begin at Woods-Gerry Gallery, where Campus Exhibitions Director Mark Moscone 88 PR will discuss the exhibition on display. From there, the group will move to two other campus galleries, Gelman (located within the museum) and Sol Koffler, which features graduate-level work.

Career Center Open House

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Career Center, 123 Dyer Street

Visit the RISD Career Center at 123 Dyer Street, where staff will be on hand to show you around and introduce major resources for students and alumni: ArtWorks, RISD Portfolios, LinkedIn, career programs and signature events.

Getting
Here

RISD is located just off of I-95 and I-195 on the East Side of Providence in the College Hill neighborhood, at 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Trains

If you are planning to arrive in Providence by train, you can find schedules and fares at amtrak.com or 1 800 USA-RAIL (1 800 872-7245). Information concerning service between Providence and Boston on the Attleboro/Stoughton line can be found at mbta.com and 800 392-6100.

Airports

Providence is about a 15-minute cab ride from T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, RI. You can find information on flights at pvdairport.com. Airport information: 888 268-7222; in Rhode Island: 401 737-8222.

Once you are at the airport, you can take the inexpensive T.F. Green Shuttle to your hotel.

If you are flying into Logan International Airport in Boston, MA (BOS), you can find flight information at massport.com/logan and 800 23-LOGAN. Logan is about an hour from Providence, depending on traffic.

Buses

Peter Pan/Bonanza bus line runs daily trips to Boston, Cape Cod, Newport, Albany, New York City, and Logan and T.F. Green airports. Schedules can be found at peterpanbus.com and 401 751-8800; toll-free: 888 751-8800.

Greyhound schedules and fares can be found at greyhound.com and 800 229-9424; +1 402 330-8552 (international areas without toll-free access); 800 752-4841 (assistance for passengers with disabilities); 800 345-3109 (TDD).

For easy and inexpensive transportation within Rhode Island, including buses, trolleys and Providence/Newport ferries, consider using Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) at ripta.com.

Ferries

For Block Island ferry service from Point Judith and Newport, RI and New London, CT, follow this link to blockislandferry.com for complete schedules, fares and routes. Schedules vary seasonally.

For Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island ferry service from Woods Hole, MA; Hyannis, MA; and New Bedford, MA, follow this link to islandferry.com. Schedules vary seasonally.

Rental cars

Alamo | 800 327-9633

Avis | 800 831-2847

Budget | 800 527-7000

CarRentals.com

Dollar | 800 800-4000

Hertz | 800 654-3131

National | 800 227-7368

Thrifty | 800 847-4389

Places
to
Stay

Hotel Blocks

Hilton Providence

  • 401 831-3900
  • RISD Weekend rate: $179/night for 2 double beds
  • Booking code: RISD Weekend
  • Book your rooms
  • Rooms reserved: 23, Oct. 6–9

Providence Biltmore

  • 401 421-0700
  • RISD Weekend rate: $179/night for superior king bed
  • Booking code: RISD Weekend
  • Book your rooms
  • Rooms reserved: 60, Oct. 6–9

Hampton Inn & Suites Providence – Downtown

  • 401 608-3500
  • RISD Weekend rate: $179/night
  • Rooms reserved: 35, Oct. 6–9

The Omni Providence

  • 401 598-8000
  • RISD Weekend rate: $189/night for deluxe double or king
  • Rooms reserved: 60, Oct. 6–9

Hotel Providence

  • 888 370-0981
  • RISD Weekend rate: $219/night
  • Rooms reserved: 45, Oct. 6–9

Renaissance Providence

Wyndham Garden Providence

  • 401 272-5577
  • RISD Weekend rate: $189/night for king or double rooms
  • Rooms reserved: 30, Oct. 6–9

The Wyndham Hotel offers complimentary parking and Internet, as well as a shuttle service (within a three-mile radius) for $5 per day per person.

Other Lodging

AirBnB

Rent anything from a pull-out sofa to a cozy cottage by the beach. Be sure to check out listings from local alumni.

Getting
In
Touch

Christina Hartley 74 IL

Claire Robinson

Patricia Brown

Katrina Ellis

Christina Rodriguez 03 IL

RISD
WEEKEND
Oct 7–9
2016