Building Bridges: Our School of Human Ecology

June 25 – August 7, 2015


The Ruth Davis Design Gallery is excited to announce its annual summer exhibition, Building Bridges: Our School of Human Ecology in the Real World. Featuring work by current students as well as alumni of the School of Human Ecology, these projects will focus on how they use the skills they acquired in the classroom to build bridges across communities.

Some featured student projects include visual posters and objects from the Design Studies department that showcase efforts in Tharaka, Kenya that empower local women, and some marketing techniques that students enrolled in a Consumer Strategy and Evaluation course developed to entice their peers to visit the Design Gallery.

Alumni featured in the exhibition include Stacy Igel, creator of the Boy Meets Girl fashion line, Zebradog, a local design firm, as well as Kim Sponem, CEO of Summit Credit Union, and Marjorie Engleman and Linda Brazill, both artists/collectors.

The exhibition will be on display at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery from June 25 through August 7 with special hours: Thursday – Friday 11-3 or by email for appointment.

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Special Events

Gallery Talk: Summit Credit Union CEO Kim Sponem-August 6, 4-5:30
Solve Professionally
Building Bridges exhibitor and SoHE alum Kim Sponem (BS 1990, Consumer Science), CEO & President of Summit Credit Union, will talk about the vision and strategy behind Summit’s innovative leadership in financial education that helps build thriving communities. Enjoy food and refreshments after the presentation.

Gallery Talk: Linda Brazill and Marge Engleman-August 7, 3:00-4:00
Think Creatively
Join us the last day of our summer exhibition to enjoy two SoHE alumni’s stories on their creativity. Linda Brazill will speak on her journey from a textile-printing course to newspaper columnist “Artful Shopper” and the twists in between. Marge Engelman will share stories about her art that is inspired by her personal collection and has been exhibited nationally, and her time working alongside Ruth Davis.


About the Design Gallery

Each academic semester the Design Gallery organizes a major curated exhibition related to a design topic followed by showcase installations of Design Studies student creative work at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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