RISD Gets Crafty with Gift Giving

The annual Holiday Sale returns to Providence on December 10


Odds are good that you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your nice list at the annual RISD Alumni and Student Holiday Art Sale. Running the gamut of art and design, from jewelry and home goods to children’s clothing and toys, prices range from $5 for stationery to $5,000+ for an original painting or handcrafted furniture. All items are either handmade or fabricated in an ethical way from original designs.

Did you know?

  • The holiday sale began on campus in 1998 then later moved to its current location – the Rhode Island Convention Center – due to a need for more space.
  • There are always more applicants than booths available, so participants are chosen by lottery. 
  • Approximately 5-15 student artists and 200-215 alumni participate. 
  • Artists must be present at the sale, so you’ll have the opportunity to chat with the person who made or designed the item you’re purchasing.
  • There’s always a line to get in at 10am when the sale opens because people want to rush in and get first dibs on items from their favorite artists.

What’s on deck for 2016?

$8 general admission; free for current RISD students and children 16 and under. December 10. Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street. 709-8585,

Other Holiday Sales

This holiday sale’s popularity spawned the commencement of the downtown brick and mortar store of the same name – this month-long event is now held there. December 1-31. 212 Westminster Street. 272-4285,

Foundry Artists Holiday Show: This seven-day sale, held over the course of two weekends at the Pawtucket Armory, kicks off with an opening reception on December 1. December 9-11. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket.

Providence Flea Holiday Markets:
Held over three consecutive Sundays at Hope High School, this annual sale features 50 vendors offering handmade and vintage goods. December 11 and 18. 324 Hope Street. 484-7783,

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