CraftBoston on the Move: Rhode Island School of Design

CraftBoston on the Move: Rhode Island School of Design

Posted on May. 31, 2024

We rounded out the first CraftBoston on the Move series with another unforgettable day! This time, we took a day trip to the Rhode Island School of Design,with a specific focus on Jewelry + Metalsmithing.

We kicked off the day with a behind-the-scenes program developed especially for SAC members by Emily Banas, Associate Curator for Jewelry and the Decorative Arts at The RISD Museum. Emily’s incredible energy, combined with the time she dedicated to yesterday’s program, resulted in an amazing presentation of objects from the collection. Emily has been taking a deep dive into the RISD jewelry collection.  She chose numerous objects that each told a story on their own or were paired with others to create a compelling narrative. Her knowledge and expertise left us all in awe, from the carefully selected objects to the insightful conversations they sparked.

During our event, each of us received a goody bag containing a copy of Antiques magazine. An article was published in that issue that was written by one of our board members, Jeanine Falino, and focused on The RISD Museum and Emily Banas’s work.  Read the article here!


Our lunch break took place in the upper room of a unique repurposed church that is now part of the RISD campus. We ended it with an interesting talk by artist-in-residence Taisha Corrington.  We continued on to a tour of the jewelry and metalsmithing workshops and classrooms, then to the Convention Center, where we viewed graduate work. Our last stop was the World’s Fair Gallery, a charming art space. Our hosts served wine and nibbles while we perused the production work made by jewelry students. What a treat! Thank you to RISD and the faculty and staff, all of whom were warm and welcoming. Every talk was captivating!

*Appearing here: Polly Allen, Brian Bergeron (Technical Assistant, Jewelry+Metalsmithing, RISD),  Lorraine Bressler, Taisha Carrington (Artist in Residence, RISD),  Salley Cheffy, Pamela Essarian, Jeannine Falino, Lynne Francis-Lunn, Alice Garcia, Terumi Irizawa, Wendy Kistler, Judith Obermayer, Seth Papac (Assistant Professor, Jewelry+Metalsmithing, RISD), Jenne Rayburn, Patricia Rieker, Tracy Steepy (Department Head, Professor, Jewelry+Metalsmithing, RISD), Willa Van Nostrand (host/owner, World’s Fair Gallery) Martha Vida, Ellen Weinberg.

Thank you all for making our day at RISD –and the entire first series of CraftBoston on the Move- an unforgettable experience!