RISD Alumni Association Awards

The RISD Alumni Association recognizes outstanding achievement in a ceremony during RISD Weekend, our alumni reunion and family weekend.

2019 Alumni Association Award Recipients


HELEN ADELIA ROWE METCALF AWARD
The highest award offered by the RISD Alumni Association, honors Helen Metcalf, the founder of RISD, her visionary spirit and civic generosity. The award recognizes alumni who have achieved outstanding distinction in their life’s work in a professional field, or in community, public or humanitarian service, and are inspirational to students and alumni, bringing honor and pride to RISD.

Metcalf Award Inaugural Recipient
Deborah Berke BArch 77


EMERGING LEADER AWARD
Presented to alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years, this award honors alumni who have made significant achievements and contributions to their profession and/or community, think boldly, mindfully and creatively, and act with honor and moral courage. The achievements of the awardee are inspirational to RISD students and serve as a source of pride for RISD. 

Inaugural Recipient
Grace Jun 09 GD


ART AND DESIGN EDUCATOR AWARD
This award honors alumni who have demonstrated exceptional skill as an educator or a clear commitment to the field of art education, and are recognized by their peers and students as having shown those qualities that most encourage students to learn and thrive creatively.

Inaugural Award Recipient
Todd Bartel 85 PT

 

Past Alumni Association Award Recipients

2018
David Hanson 96 FAV Professional Achievement Award

2017
Roz Chast 77 PT Professional Achievement Award

2016
Bunny Harvey 67 PT/ MFA 72 Professional Achievement Award

2015
Miriam Beerman 45 PT Professional Achievement Award

2014
Hildegard Vasquez BArch 94 Professional Achievement Award

2013
Tamara Kaplan MAT 00 Art and Education Award

2012
Nicholas Felton 99 GD Business of Design Award

2011
Katie Salen MFA 92 GD Art and Education Award

2010
Deidre Scherer 67 AE Artistic Achievement Award

2009
Liz Collins 91 TX/MFA 99 Art and Education Award

2008
Walter Lorraine 52 AD Professional Achievement Award

2007
Nat Hesse 76 SC Service and Leadership Award

2006

  • Jeffrey Yan BArch 01 Art and Education Award
  • Julie Mehretu MFA 97 PT/PR Artistic Achievement Award
  • DEZCO Entrepreneurial Award
  • Barbara O'Brien MFA 90 PH Professional Achievement Award
  • Philip Trammell Siebert, Jr. (deceased) 67 IA Service and Leadership Award

2005

  • Laura Owens 92 PT Artistic Achievement Award
  • James C. Childress BArch 78 Professional Achievement Award
  • Franz Werner Art of Education Award
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka 99 IL Service and Leadership Award

2004 

  • Christopher Bing 83 IL Artistic Achievement Award
  • Oren Sherman 78 IL Professional Achievement Award
  • risd/works Business of Design Award
  • Henry Horenstein 71 PH/ MFA 73 Art of Education Award
  • Anthony Belluschi BArch 66 Service and Leadership Award

2003

  • Janine Antoni MFA 89 SC Artistic Achievement Award
  • Steven Kellogg 63 IL Professional Achievement Award
  • Charles Stone III 88 IL Business of Design Award
  • David Paolino 74 IL/MAE 75 Art of Education Award
  • C. Dave Thomas MFA 74 PR Service and Leadership Award

2002

  • Ed Neubauer BArch 92 Service and Leadership Award
  • Tyler Smith 66 GD Business of Design Award
  • Stephen Saunders MAE 84 Art of Education Award
  • Tim Hunter 98 ID Fine Arts Achievement Award

2001

  • Mark Goodkin 87 PT Alumni Volunteer Award
  • Margot Livingston 95 IL Service and Leadership Award
  • Colgate Searle 71 LA Art of Education Award

2000

  • Nancy Davis 79 PH Alumni Volunteer Award
  • David Jaacks BArch 93 Business of Design Award
  • Susan Barbieri Montgomery 71 AE/MAE 78 Service and Leadership Award

1999

  • Sylvia Arnold BArch 80 Alumni Volunteer Award
  • Peter Niemitz BArch 76 Business of Design Award
  • Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges 66 IL Art of Education Award
  • Giancario Ronci Service and Leadership Award

1995

  • Lorraine Howes Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Steven Whitten Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Bud Greenwald (deceased) Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Jackie Rice Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Jocelyn Hobbie 91 PT Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1994

  • Michael Fink Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Carolina Calderin (deceased) Alumni Service Award
  • Maria Tulokas MAE 74/ MFA 76 PR Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Joshua Yeldham 92 FAV Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1993

  • Anita Teto Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Paul Timmons Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • C. George Taylor (deceased) Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Dana Newbrook BArch 63 Alumni Service Award
  • Jim Barnes BArch 69 Faculty Member of the Year Award

1992

  • Nancy Hastings Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Philip Briggs BArch 64 (deceased) Alumni Service Award
  • Jack Massey Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Zachary Stratis 87 FAV Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1991

  • Murray S. Danforth Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Ann Finkbeiner & James Carlin Walker Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Luigi Bianco 69 TX (deceased) Alumni Service Award
  • Ken Hunnibell 69 ID/ MAE 72 (deceased) Faculty Member of the Year Award

1990

  • Adelaide Hawkins Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Marjorie and Robert Catanzaro Distinguished Citizen Award
  • W. Bruce Tillinghast 68 GD Alumni Service Award
  • John Udvardy Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Emily Lisker 86 PT Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1989

  • J. Malcolm Grear Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Honorable Claiborne Pell Distinguished Citizen Award
  • John McCrillis 39 GD Alumni Service Award
  • Gregor Goethals Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Allison Druin 85 GD Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1988

  • Joanne Lynch Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • IBM Distinguished Citizen Award
  • John Davison Allen BArch 68 (deceased) Alumni Service Award
  • C. Warren Luther BArch 49 (deceased) Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Michael Leva 83 AD Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1987

  • Charles Moccio Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Barnet and Jean Fain Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Linda Joy Goldner 73 GD Alumni Service Award
  • Hardu Keck MFA 64 PT Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Geoffrey Adams 83 FAV Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award
  • Erminio Pinque 83 IL Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1986

  • Franklin W. Robinson Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • Daphne Farago Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Dick Jones 51 GD (deceased) Alumni Service Award
  • Yvonne Anderson MAE 92 Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Christopher Osgood MFA 85 SC Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1985

  • Bayard Ewing Honorary Alumnus/na Award
  • The Louis A Fazzano Family Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Steven Branfman MAE 75 Alumni Service Award
  • Michael Fink Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Donald Friedlich 82 JM Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1984

  • Tyler Smith 66 GD Alumnus of the Year
  • Al Falk Honorary Alumus/na Award
  • The Providence Journal Company Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Erma Leavitt 44 PT Alumni Service Award
  • Lorraine Howes Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Steven Umbach 80 ID Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1983

  • Carolyn Hawes Honorary Alumnus/na Award
  • Corning Glass Works Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Peter Meserol 66 ID (deceased) Alumni Service Award
  • Ron Chatalbash 81 IL Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award

1982

  • Gordon Allen (deceased) Honorary Alumnus/na Award
  • Virginia Lynch (deceased) Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Shope, Reno, Wharton Assoc. Young Alumnus/na Achievement Award
  • Robert Reno BArch 78
  • Bernard Mapes Wharton BArch 78
  • Allan Palmer Shope BArch 78