Save the date for RISD Weekend 20: October 9-11, 2020. Event info coming in June. See last year's events below.

2019 Events





| Chace Center, Lobby, 20 N Main Street

Alumni Pick | How’s Business?

| Prov-Wash Building, Lobby, 20 Washington Place

| 40 participants

Student Exhibition | Work from the Class of 2019

| Chace Center, Gelman Gallery, 2nd floor, 20 N Main Street

RISD Revealed | The Crit 

| College Building, room 412, 2 College Street

| 40 participants | first come, first served

RISD Global | Art & Design Programs in an Age of Globalization

| RISD Global, 20 Washington Place

RISD Museum | Ways of Looking

| Chace Center, Lobby, 20 N Main Street

Parent Pick | Student Life at RISD

| Chace Center, Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Alumni Pick | How’s Business?

| Prov-Wash Building, Lobby, 20 Washington Place

| 40 participants

RISD Museum | Collection Highlights

| Chace Center, Lobby, 20 N Main Street

Alumni Awards & Reception

| Chace Center, lobby entry (event in Grand Gallery), 20 N Main Street

Parent Pick | Provost’s Welcome & Reception for Families

| Prov-Wash Building, Auditorium, 20 Washington Place

Interactive Light Show | Pop Culture Color Theory

| Color Lab, Design Center, first floor, 30 N Main Street

Late Night at AS220

| AS220, 115 Empire Street

’90s Dance Party

| The Salon, 57 Eddy Street

RISD Museum | Ways of Looking

Chace Center, Lobby, 20 N Main Street


| Chace Center, Lobby, 20 N Main Street

Continental Breakfast

| Chace Center, Lobby, 20 N Main Street

Welcome & Update from the President

| Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Alumni Panel | Social Entrepreneurs

| Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Walking Tour of Historic RISD

| The Mandle Building, departs from the front entrance of the Mandle Building, 15 Westminster Street

Colossal Camera Curiosity

| Illustration Studies Building (ISB), parking lot, 55 Canal Walk

Books & Prints Sale

| Fleet Library, 15 Westminster Street

RISD Craft | Alumni & Student Art Sale

| Benefit Street, outdoors on Benefit Street (between Waterman & Hopkins streets)

North Hall Celebration

| North Hall, 60 Waterman Street

Lunch on the Square

| Market Square

Weekend Workshop | Ricky Rainbow Beard on the Beach

| RISD Beach, (Rain location: Moore Terrace), 215 Benefit Street

Weekend Workshop | Portraits on the Beach

| RISD Beach, (Rain location: Moore Terrace), 215 Benefit Street

Half-Century Luncheon | Classes of 1974, ’69, ’64, ’59 & all earlier years $35 for lunch

| Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street

Open Studios

| across campus

Weekend Workshop | Family Fun with Fabric

| Chace Center, lobby, 20 N Main Street

Visiting Artists | Buzellis Talk Shop

| Illustration Studies Building (ISB), Gallery, 55 Canal Walk

Weekend Workshop | Photography for Teens

| Prov-Wash Building, room 017/018, 20 Washington Place

| 10 participants

Weekend Workshop | Cartoon Anatomy for Teens

| Illustration Studies Building (ISB), room 411, 55 Canal Walk

| 14 participants

Campus Tour | 21st-Century RISD

| departs from Chace Center Plaza

Weekend Workshop | Foundation Redux

| Waterman Building, 13 Waterman Street

| space is limited; first come, first served

Screening | Abstract Documentary

| Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

WaterFire Reception

| Market Square

Reunion Dinners

| multiple locations




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.

Parking (metered or timed) is available along Benefit Street, North Main Street/South Main Street, or at various Metropark locations nearby. All RISD parking lots will be open but have limited availability.


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.


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.


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.


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
Dollar | 800 800-4000
Hertz | 800 654-3131
National | 800 227-7368
Thrifty | 800 847-4389


Places to Stay

Hotel Blocks

*Courtyard Providence Downtown
401 272-1191

Hampton Inn
401 608-3500
RISD Weekend rate: $209/night

*Hilton Garden Inn
401 831-3900

*Hilton Providence
401 831-3900

Homewood Suites
401 942-2001
RISD Weekend rate: $229

Hotel Providence
401 861-8000
RISD Weekend rate: $269

The Omni Providence
401 598-8000
RISD Weekend rate: $189

Graduate Providence (formerly the Biltmore)
401 421-0700
RISD Weekend rate: $199 Standard / $219 Suite
Reservation code: 1910RISDPW

*Providence Marriott Downtown
401 272-2400

*Reservations for discounted rooms at these hotels can be made via Campus Travel.

Other Lodging

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

The Dean
401 455-3326

The Old Court Bed and Breakfast
401 751-2002