Applications for RISD Craft 2018 open on Wednesday, January 31, and are due no later than Wednesday, February 21. Sorry, no late applications can be accepted due to the jury process.


RISD Craft 2018, a juried sale of alumni work, will be held outdoors on Providence’s historic Benefit Street Saturday, October 6th, 2018, from 10am-5pm. Hosted during RISD WeekendRISD Craft is a testing ground for entrepreneurial efforts and new work. It also invites the local community to access that work, and directly interact with RISD artists & designers.

The jury will accept 82 RISD alumni vendors, chosen on the merit of their work. Particular emphasis will be placed on the quality, attention to detail, originality, and mastery of craft in a wide variety of media. Categories include: Apparel + Accessories, Ceramics, Fine Art, Furniture, Glass, Home Goods, Illustrated Books + Prints, Jewelry, Photography, Stationery + Paper Goods, Textiles.


You must be a RISD alum or current student to participate in this show. Current students have a separate application process that will be opened in late summer 2018.

The goal of the RISD Craft jury is to showcase unique, sophisticated and original work created by RISD alumni in all media. Work must be handmade or designed by alumni who have an active role in the creation of the work.

Failure to comply with the following terms & conditions will make you ineligible for future sales:

  1. All work must be designed by you and/or made by hand, and not outsourced in an unethical way. You CANNOT sell items that have not been designed or made by you or your business, unless it is sold in conjunction with an item you have made yourself and cannot be purchased separately. If any part of the work is produced for you or bought to incorporate into your work, you must describe this process in your statement.
  2. Participants must be present at their booth for the duration of the show — you cannot pack up your booth early. Assistants are allowed of course, but no representative may attend in place of the alumni artist.
  3. All work exhibited must be of the same body, quality, and category of work juried through digital images.
  4. Participants must check out at the end of the day with your sales reconciliation, and follow proper permits and tax payments procedures. See our webpage for full explanation.
  5. Food items may not be sold at RISD Craft.


The application for jury consideration is open for a period of three weeks, from January 31 – February 21. Late applications will not be accepted. The non-refundable application fee is $15.00, payable online when you fill out the application. Your application will not be considered complete if you have not paid the fee, and your application will not be sent to the jurors for judging.

Booth Specifications:

  • Regular Booth (8 ft wide x approx. 7 ft deep) comes equipped with one 6 ft x 30 in table and two folding chairs.
  • XL Booth (12 ft wide x approx. 7 ft deep) comes equipped with two 6 ft x 30 in tables and two folding chairs. [Due to space constraints, we have a limited number of 12 XL booths available. Assignments of XL booths will be granted to the 12 alums requesting this size in the order of their juried scores.]

In the event of inclement weather we will tent the entire street, which will limit the booth depth to around 6 ft.

Your application will be voted on by our panel of 4 jurors. Remember that the jurors are not familiar with your work and will be making all of their assessments based on your submitted statement (500 word max) and your portfolio. Your statement should address your process in making the work, which is especially important if your products aren’t entirely made by you or by hand.


You must upload five images of artwork through our application online. The work should be current and representative of the work you will bring to the show. Images must be 300 dpi, and between 1400 and 4000 pixels on the longest side.

Please consider your photo submissions carefully. The images should convey to the jurors the craftsmanship, quality, originality, depth and breadth of your work. Model shots may be great promotional images for your website or social media, but consider that the jurors might be confused and not comprehend the products they are voting on without a clear vision of the actual product. Some of the submitted photographs should include detailed shots of the work. Avoid repetition.


Email notification will be sent no later than April 6. There are a total of 82 alumni booths available. If accepted to the show, you will be prompted to submit further information when you pay for your booth.

A very limited number of artists will be placed on a waitlist. To ensure that the show is as balanced as possible across the media categories, artists are pulled from the waitlist as space becomes available in their specific media category. For this reason, artists will not receive a waitlist number.


If accepted, booth fees to secure your participation are due by April 27, payable online only:

• Regular Booth (8′ wide): $225

• XL Booth (12′ wide): $300

Those withdrawing from the sale will receive a refund of half the table fee if requested in writing before July 30.  Booth fees will not be refunded after July 30 due to advance planning and promotion schedules. The $15 application fee is non-refundable.

There are also fees associated with required permits for both the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island. The city now requires each participant to have a mobile vendor permit- if you do not have one, you can purchase a temporary permit for the day from the city for $10. As in the past, if you do not have a permanent retail sales permit for the state of RI, you will also need to purchase one on the day of the sale for $10, payable by check only.


RISD Craft features two awards: the Emerging Artist Award and the People’s Choice Award. The Emerging Artist Award, chosen by jurors, goes to an alum who has graduated within the last ten years. The People’s Choice Award is based on votes from visitors to the show. Awards include a cash honorarium and automatic acceptance to next year’s show.

Last year’s winners were Ahrong Kim MFA 13 CR (Emerging Artist Award) and Kate Zelenka 09 AP (People’s Choice Award).


Participation in RISD Craft is a benefit offered exclusively to RISD alumni + students, and is managed by the Alumni Relations Office. To support student activities and foster student/alumni interaction, participation in both the show and the sale is offered to RISD students.

By applying to RISD Craft you acknowledge and agree to the following conditions:

  • Only RISD degree program alumni + current students may participate. Alumni must be present; sales representatives are not permitted.
  • Participation is not transferable in any way. If you forgo your table, you cannot give it to another alumni; please inform the alumni office and we will contact the next person on the waiting list.
  • Works sold must be designed by and/or made by you, and not outsourced in an unethical way. Your work must comply with all applicable laws, including but not limited to copyright. Food products are not permitted.
  • Participants are required to check in before setting up, and check out at the end of the day.
  • The sale of goods containing the RISD name, logo or insignia is prohibited without RISD’s express consent.
  • Participants accept all risks inherent to participation in the events, including but not limited to: inclement weather (rain, snow, wind and other natural forces), uneven or slippery surfaces, lost, stolen or damaged property. Alumni agree to accept responsibility to safeguard and protect their property from damage. RISD is in no way responsible for damaged property or resolving disputes over damaged property.
  • Participants are required to limit displays to the allotted booth area, and displays cannot block another participant’s booth or the pedestrian aisle in any way. Personal tents are never allowed. Please be respectful of your neighbor! Contact RISD’s sale coordinator prior to day of sale if you are unsure of what is allowed.
  • RISD reserves the right to give away your table if you do not check in by 9am– at least 60 minutes before the start of the sale– or let us know you’re running late.
  • Failure to show up without reasonable explanation will automatically make you ineligible for the next two consecutive shows/sales.
  • You must purchase and display appropriate sales permits for the day, as well as fill out the end-of-sale reconciliation worksheet and pay any taxes due (if applicable) when you check out at the end of the sale. Failure to do any of this will result in ineligibility for future sales. Please visit our dedicated webpage on taxes and retail sales permits with any questions.
  • Alumni exhibitors are required to observe appropriate business practices and be aware of the rights of consumers.

RISD reserves the right to exclude any alumni at the discretion of the Alumni Relations Office.


Contact alumnisale@risd.edu with questions about the show.