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Discover how donors and volunteers are improving the lives of students, deepening our connections with each other and shaping the future of art and design.

Spring 2021

This issue features stories of generosity and creativity.  President Somerson reflects on her presidency as it draws to a close and the power of RISD to make change. Buoyed by financial aid, students discuss their creative work and experiences at RISD. Faculty and donors share how philanthropy supports teaching innovation and graduate education. Friends honor the legacy of Roger Mandle HD 09, who served as president of RISD from 1993–2008. The RISD Museum embarks on an exciting new effort to research and display Native North American works of art and design. Alumni bid farewell to Christina Hartley 74 IL P 09, a longtime leader of Alumni + Family Relations. Four volunteers share their strategy to engage alumni in the greater Boston area.


With Gratitude

President Somerson reflects on her presidency as it draws to a close and the extraordinary potential of RISD to make change when we work together.

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Rallying in Support of RISD

Generous community members are choosing to invest in the future of art and design education.

A RISD student uses a welder in a studio at RISD.

Drawing Inspiration from Family

Financial aid propels Hannah Latham 21 PH as she explores the lived experiences of her grandparents.

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Exploring Material Possibilities

Miguel Lastra MFA 22 CR treasures the gift of time and the freedom to experiment that financial aid affords him.

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Finding His Creative Voice

Scholarship support inspires Teddy Smarz 22 AP to push through challenging moments in the studio.

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Celebrating an Enduring Friendship

Friends honor the legacy of former RISD president Roger Mandle HD 09 by supporting future generations of artists and designers.

A picture of Nancy Murphy, Nancy Hammer, Patricia White, Clara Dale, Catherine Haining, Pam Tobey, Gayle Mandle Back row: Dick Haining, Stuart Murphy, John Dale, Bill Hammer, Phil Tobey, Roger Mandle.

Opening a New Pathway

Fast Retailing Foundation invests in the future of fashion by supporting RISD graduate students.

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Integrating New Ways to Learn

Generous support from the Davis Educational Foundation and Fred M. Roddy Foundation spurs teaching innovation.

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Accelerating Collections Care and Research

Philanthropy establishes a new Native North American Collections Fellowship at the RISD Museum.

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Paying Tribute

The RISD community celebrates Christina Hartley 74 IL P 09, its beloved and longtime leader of Alumni Relations, upon her retirement.

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Friendship-Forward Leadership

Leaders of the RISD Alumni Club of Boston work as a team to engage alumni throughout the greater Boston area and beyond.

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Adapting to Uncertainty

RISD takes creative and flexible approaches to signature events.

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Writing Our Story Together

RISD donors and volunteers help shape a brighter future for us all.

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We invite you to make a gift to the RISD Fund, get involved with the Alumni Association, Families Association or take part in the RISD Network.