President's Update & Welcome Toast

Rosanne Somerson


October 7–9, 2016

RISD Campus
Providence, RI






| Chace Center, 20 N Main Street

Continental Breakfast

| Chace Center, 20 N Main Street

Welcome & Update from the President

| Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Alumni Shorts | Creative Career Paths

| Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N Main Street

Colossal Camera Curiosity

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

Books & Prints Sale

| Fleet Library, 15 Westminster Street

RISD Craft

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

Parent Pick | The First-Year Experience

| Prov-Wash Building, 1st floor, 20 Washington Place

Industrial Design Make-a-Thon | Power of Play

| ID Building, 6th floor, 161 South Main Street

Walking Tour of Historic RISD

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

Pop-Ups on the Beach

| RISD Beach, (corner of Benefit & Waterman streets), 215 Benefit Street

Parent Pick | Career Options in Art & Design

| Prov-Wash Building, 1st floor, 20 Washington Place

RISD Revealed | Ambisonic Sound Studio | Session 1

| 15 West, Mezzanine, 15 Westminster Street

| limit: 15 participants attendees

Career Center Open House

| Prov-Wash Building, 1st floor, 20 Washington Place

Lunch on the Square

| Market Square

Half-Century Celebration | Classes of 1973, 1968 & all earlier years $35 for lunch

| Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street

Open Studios

| across campus

Children’s Book Author David Wiesner

| Illustration Studies Building (ISB), ISB Gallery, 1st floor, 55 Canal Walk

Weekend Workshop | Field Sketching

| Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, room 12, 13 Waterman Street

| limit: 15 participants attendees

RISD Museum | Repair Days | Session 1

| RISD Museum, Upper Farago Gallery, 224 Benefit Street

Campus Tour | 21st-Century RISD

| location tbd

RISD Revealed | Ambisonic Sound Studio | Session 2

| 15 West, Mezzanine, 15 Westminster Street

| limit: 15 participants attendees

Weekend Workshop | Photography for Teens

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

| limit: 12 participants attendees

Weekend Workshop | Cartoon Anatomy for Kids

| The Met (aka The Refectory), room C, 55 Angell Street

| limit: 15 participants attendees

Weekend Workshop | Wildlife Masks for Kids

| Project Open Door Studio, 355 South Water Street

| limit: 15 participants attendees

Class of 1988 | Wine & Charcoal

| Waterman Building, room 43, 13 Waterman Street

WaterFire Reception

| along the Riverwalk

Saja Tourbah Exhibition (RE) DEEM THE (R)EVOLUTION

| BEB, Bayard Ewing Building, 231 South Main Street

Class of 1968 | 50th Reunion Dinner

| University Club, 219 Benefit Street

Reunion Dinners $65 per person, $100 per person on site | limited cash bar

| locations tbd

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 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 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 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 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 and 401 751-8800; toll-free: 888 751-8800.

Greyhound schedules and fares can be found at 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


For Block Island ferry service from Point Judith and Newport, RI and New London, CT, follow this link to 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 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
RISD Weekend rate: TBD

Hampton Inn
401 608-3500
RISD Weekend rate: $199/night

Hilton Garden Inn
401 831-3900
RISD Weekend rate: TBD

Hilton Providence
401 831-3900
RISD Weekend rate: $199 Single or Double

Hotel Providence
401 861-8000
RISD Weekend rate: $279/night

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

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

Providence Marriott Downtown
401 272-2400
RISD Weekend rate: $199
Reservation code: Rhode Island School of Design Alumni/Parents Weekend

*In order to take advantage of these special rates, you must reserve a room no later than September 5.

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