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Rhode Island School of Design Presents RISD Craft 2015


A Juried Sales Exhibition of Alumni + Student Work  

Rhode Island School of Design [RISD] presents the first iteration of a new juried exhibition known as RISD Craft 2015 on Saturday, October 10 from 10 am to 5 pm. The outdoor sales exhibition features handmade fine art and design work by more than 90 alumni and 30 current students presented on Benefit Street (between Waterman and Hopkins streets). Free and open to the public, RISD Craft is part of RISD by Design, the annual alumni reunion and parents’ weekend.

RISD Craft speaks to the quality, attention to detail and mastery of craftsmanship taught in RISD’s studios. The occasion provides an opportunity to speak with exhibiting artists and designers while shopping for fine art, designed goods and handmade items in a wide variety of media.

A twist on RISD’s art sales of the past, RISD Craft is the first one to be juried – by RISD faculty and alumni who are all working artists and designers themselves. The sales exhibition also features two new forms of recognition: the People’s Choice Award, which will be presented based on votes cast by visitors to the show, and the Emerging Artist Award, a prize given by the jury to a graduate from the last 10 years for exceptionally promising work. Awards include automatic acceptance to next year’s show.

Held at the heart of campus, RISD Craft is one of many events to enjoy throughout RISD by Design weekend. RISD parents and alumni visiting for the weekend take hands-on classes, tour studios and visit the RISD Museum. On Friday, October 9 at 2 pm the community will also come together for the official inauguration of Rosanne Somerson as RISD’s 17th president. Following the inauguration ceremony, RISD will celebrate at an evening block party. California-based ceramics artist Adam Silverman [BArch 88] will present RISD DNA: The First 25 Years, this year’s alumni keynote address, at 5:30 pm on Friday evening. View a full schedule of the weekend.

Please contact Danielle Mancuso at 401.454.6334 or for digital images or to speak with artists and designers participating in RISD Craft 2015.

About Rhode Island School of Design
Known as the leading college of art and design in the United States, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is ranked #1 in Business Insider’s survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools. Approximately 2,450 students from around the world are enrolled in full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 majors. Students value RISD’s accomplished faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on approach to studio-based learning. Required courses in the liberal arts enrich the studio experience, equipping graduates to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Through their creative thinking and problem solving in a broad range of fields, RISD’s 26,000 alumni exemplify the vital role artists and designers play in fueling global innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit and


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