Momentum Fall 2022


Stories of success and impact. Learn how donors and volunteers are making a difference for students, building community and securing a bright future for RISD students and faculty.

Fall 2022

In this issue of Momentum, be inspired by the many ways philanthropy supports possibilities, helping students to find their community, embrace their creativity and pursue their vision. Learn how alumni donors are providing the support needed to ensure that the next generation of RISD graduates has the opportunity to live their dreams and how a lifetime of giving is making it possible for the RISD Museum to deepen its connection to the community.

New Space(s)

A few weeks ago, during Inauguration Weekend, RISD students, staff, faculty, alums, parents, and friends came together in a profoundly moving way.

Crystal Williams by Jo Sittenfeld

Supporting Student Opportunities

RISD Limited Editions returns for Fall 2022 with another exciting collection supporting RISD students.

Shahzia Sikander by Dan Gurton

RISD Welcomes Eight New Presidential Fellows

The Society of Presidential Fellows program, which RISD launched in 2019 to fully fund exceptional students’ graduate studies, grew significantly this year with three new fellowship opportunities: the LoveFrom, Presidential Fellowship, the Jerome Zimmerman (MFA 65 SC) and Salli Zimmerman (65 AE) Fellowship and the Maxwell/Hanrahan Presidential Fellowship.

2022 Presidential Fellows Cohort by Jo Sittenfeld

Finding His Place

Matthew Fabrizio 23 IL cannot remember a time in his life when he did not want to be an artist. With the help of two scholarships, he has found a community and new avenues for his art at RISD.

Matthew Fabrizio 23 IL by Jo Sittenfeld

Framing the Discussion

Support from a scholarship gives Sofía Carrera-Britten FAV 23 the freedom to articulate his creative vision.

Sofía Carrera-Britten FAV 23 by Jo Sittenfeld

Building a Community

Within a network of peers open to collaborating, Josephine and Bernard Chaus Scholar Sahara Clemons 23 AP has found the projects that speak to her.

Sahara Clemons 23 AP by Jo Sittenfeld

A Scholarship for the Moment

Rafael de Cárdenas 96 AP likes design that speaks to the contemporary moment, and created a scholarship to support students as they pursue their own visions.

Rafael de Cárdenas 96 AP

Life and Legacy

The Jerome Zimmerman (MFA 65 SC) and Salli Zimmerman (65 AE) Fellowship supports graduate students and honors Jerome’s fierce dedication to his practice.

Jerome Zimmerman MFA 65 SC and Salli Zimmerman 65 AE

A Lifetime of Giving

Through decades of volunteering and a new bequest, Gloria Winston deepens the RISD Museum’s connection to the community.

Gloria Winston by Jo Sittenfeld

Tech Trek Takes RISD Students to the Heart of the Bay Area’s Tech Sector

With donor support and the help of alumni volunteers, RISD students get up close and personal with major players in tech.

Tech Trek Students

Building Momentum Together

A powerful part of a Rhode Island School of Design education is the opportunity students have to develop within and with the support of a highly creative community. From collaborating with peers and faculty to finding a place in the lineage of RISD artists and designers, our students are part of an expansive but closely knit community.

O'Neil Outar Momentum Fall 2022 by Jo Sittenfeld