Each year RISD organizes two art sales open to the public as a means of showcasing alumni and student work, supporting entrepreneurial efforts and celebrating fine craftsmanship. Both events in Providence offer members of the local community the opportunity to access RISD work and find out more about process, materials and the creative minds behind it.
As the heart of RISD Weekend in October, this annual juried sale features handmade fine art and design work by approximately 120 alumni and students. The work on view speaks to the conceptual integrity, attention to detail and mastery of craftsmanship students learn at RISD and bring to their work throughout their lives. Participants are available throughout the one-day sales exhibition to answer questions and speak with members of the public about their process and practice.
Alumni + Student Holiday Art Sale
Every December more than 200 RISD-affiliated artists and designers showcase their work at this festive sale at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Shoppers appreciate the aesthetic variety and wide range of work available, from 2D paintings, prints and photographs to 3D objects made of glass, ceramics, wood and more to beautifully crafted wearables, textiles, jewelry and more.