Rhode Island School of Design

Event Types Welcomed

Corporate Social Events
Family Reunions
Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Youth Retreat/Camps

Unique Venue Feature

♦ Bring your group to the RISD Museum of Art. Our collection currently contains more than 100,000 works of art and design dating from ancient times to today including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume and textiles, and furniture from all over the world.
♦ Stop by the Nature Lab to examine specimens from the natural world and discover the wonder and complexities of design in nature.
♦ Enroll in a group Continuing Education course and bond in the joy of shared learning.
♦ Head down to Tillinghast Place and enjoy a picnic on the grounds or a stroll on the beach.


Located in the heart of downtown Providence, RISD makes Providence among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. RISD is a top-rated art and design school and shares interest from a wide array of organizations. Supported by unique settings such as the Nature Lab, Fleet Library, and the RISD Museum, RISD is a highly desirable location to host conferences and events. RISD’s ease of access from highway, rail, and air add in making the venue a prime location to host groups, and the campus also provides affordable access to housing during the nonacademic year.

From galleries to auditoriums to conference rooms, RISD’s wide array of spaces can accommodate small and large events such as meetings, receptions, dinners, and lectures. The RISD Auditorium can hold up to 550 guests in traditional stadium-style seating while a smaller, more intimate auditorium in the RISD Museum can accommodate up to 200 people. Reception spaces in galleries and traditional classrooms are also available, depending on your event needs. There are several scenic outdoor spaces that can be utilized for festivities in the warmer months.

RISD’s Campus Services department is available as a resource to assist you in planning conferences and events on campus. The staff has years of experience planning events, as well as knowledge of campus resources and relationships with local service providers that enable them to ensure that any event planned at RISD is a success.

Food & Beverage Options

The Met

The Met is the largest dining room on campus and offers a wide variety of freshly prepared items for guests to enjoy in an all you care to eat facility. The menu of traditional, vegetarian, and vegan recipes features innovative entrées and special creative cuisines, as well as an artisan pizza oven, a salad and deli bar and an array of homemade desserts and pastries made on site.
Seating Capacity: 300

Portfolio Cafe

Portfolio Café is a full-service eatery located on the ground floor of 15 Westminster. The menu features bistro-type fare – either to enjoy on site or to grab and go.
Seating Capacity: 100

Watermark Cafe

RISD’s Watermark Café offers quick, healthy choices on the go! A wide variety of delicious grab-and-go salads, with vegetarian & meat options, are house-made featuring seasonal locally grown vegetables.

Jolly Roger Cafe

Winner of the Loyal E. Horton award, the Jolly Roger Deli is located at 257 South Main Street and offers fast, delicious artisan sandwiches, chips, fruit and baked goods, as well as favorites such as the house organic fair trade coffee and homemade peanut butter.

Carr Haus

Carr Haus is a student run cafe. The menu includes a wide variety of bagels, sandwiches, juices, coffee, teas and pastries at reasonable prices. It's a great place to take a break and tune into an eclectic range of music. The Café is cashless, with the following methods of payment accepted: dining points, risdbucks, credit cards and Apple Pay. Carr Haus also allows the RISD community the opportunity to enjoy student artwork at the Carr Haus Student Gallery.

RISD Caters

RISD Caters is a full-service catering and event coordination division. Whether you need a small cheese board for a gallery opening, a casual lunch for a meeting or a wedding for 200 people--our team can lend its expertise to assure that your function is flawless from beginning to end. We offer a seasonally-inspired menu for your convenience, and we are happy to work with you to create custom proposals that turn your style, your palate and your vision into a reality. 


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 200
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 200
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Refrigerator
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi

Residential Accomodations

From June through August, RISD opens its residence halls, allowing non-RISD organizations to stay overnight, eat in the campus dining facility and utilize RISD’s amenities. Residence halls are affordable and conveniently located in downtown Providence. 

Accommodations are available with or without air-conditioning, based on your preference and budget. Buildings contain a variety of housing styles, including rooms with one to four occupants, lounges, full kitchens, and shared and private bathrooms. Each room is furnished with one extra long twin bed, one desk, one chair and wardrobe per person. Free campus wifi is available to all guests. 

This accommodation has A/C

Floorplan Layout

Featured Amenities

Air Conditioning
In-House Catering
Near Public Transit
Outdoor Space
Overnight Rooms
Paid Parking
Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


20 Washington Place,

Providence Providence, 02903



Nearby Airport

Providence, Green Airport - 12 minutes

Nearby International Airport

Boston, Logan - 60 minutes


Parking on Site: No

Things to Know


In-house catering available

Must Use In-House Catering: Yes

External Catering Allowed: Yes

Can Bring In Own Food: No

Food And Beverage Onsite: Yes

Do You Offer Tables, Chairs, And Linens?: Yes

Venue Policies

Alcohol Consumption: Yes

Smoking Permitted: No


Guest Wi-Fi: Free

Onsite Tech Support: Yes

Wi-Fi In Meeting Space: Yes

Equipment Available On-Site:
  • Projector Screen
  • Microphones
  • Sound System


I wanted to tell you what an amazing job the entire crew did for our wedding - we are still blown away by everything. They did an exceptional job in every aspect - from Anne seamless planning, Linda going above and beyond with every detail, David’s unbelievably delicious spread, and the scratch-made desserts Stephanie made which people are still talking about. The entire staff was courteous, happy and beyond attentive - they made the whole day absolutely perfect and we, and all our guests, can’t rave & thank them enough. 

Bride, August 2019

Just a quick note to let you know that RISD Caters did our wedding at Tillinghast Farm in September. We had discerning guests such as the owners of Pastiche and Local 121 and everyone said it was the best wedding food they have ever had......and we concur! I even saw someone taking a piece of bread to wipe out the last little bit of the fava bean spread, it was so good. Anne was so helpful and pleasant, it was a joy to work with her. RISD Caters made it the best wedding ever! Thank you!

Bride, September 2018

I recently attended the EPIC2019 conference at RISD and was so impressed with the quality of service the staff provided that I just wanted to let you know. There were multiple instances that really touched me and demonstrated the high attention to detail and genuine caring the team put into the work. Thank you and to the team for helping make our conference comfortable and nurturing.

Attendee, Epic Conference 2019

Thank you very much for such a wonderful event this past Saturday. I could not be happier over how it all turned out. You and your team were exceptional and I can't wait for our next event!

Father of the Groom, July 2018

Thank you very much for all of your support in our use of the 20 Washington Place lobby and auditorium space for the event + exhibition last night. The event was far better attended than we anticipated and we were so pleased to be able to have the panel discussion followed by the reception within the exhibition itself. We really appreciate your support.! 

Event Planner, January 2020

Tillinghast Farm in Barrington, Rhode Island was the beautiful setting for [the] intimate wedding this past Saturday. The day could not have been more perfect with blue skies, a light breeze, and the smiles and laughter from everyone there.

Wedding Photographer, September 2014

We just had our wedding at Tillinghast. The view cannot be beat, and RISD staff is unmatched in hospitality.

Bride, June 2021