MFA Exhibition: Emily L.R. Adams, Cory Allen Linsmeyer, and Elizabeth Prose

Thursday May 7 – Friday, May 22, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday May 7, 2015 from 6-9 p.m.

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Emily L. R. Adams                                         

A World in Need of Beauty

This exhibition features the cumulative portfolio work of Emily L. R. Adams’ graduate studies in textile pattern design. A World In Need Of Beauty features designs that challenge and contrast the contemporary commercial textile market. Adams’ research explores underground and sub-culture lifestyles that are evident in her unique aesthetic with a style that can be described as gritty, raw, and street smart. The development of this design work is neatly packaged under the branding of Lou Land Underground. To see the entire online portfolio, please visit loulandunderground.com

Cory Allen Linsmeyer                   

Horse Power

Dark, mysterious, magical, powerful: these are the words that have inspired Cory Allen Linsmeyer’s thesis exhibition Horse Power. Linsmeyer has not simply made a menswear collection; he has created an entire sensory experience around the theme of personal empowerment. Through a multi-media exhibition, and collection of garments, he has created a dialogue about modern masculinity. Redefining what masculine looks like through innovative and diverse garments for the contemporary man, and illustrating how power feels through video and installation.

Elizabeth Prose

Caught in the Wake

Caught in the Wake investigates labor and identity through craft in art, materials, process, and pattern. The making is an act of reconciling of the past with the present through an exploration of embedded memory in the garments we wear, and how this relates to constructed identity and sense of self, and reconstruction of identity after loss or abandonment. Inspired by the poem Ask Me by William Stafford, Prose created a two-part installation. She hand cut and sewed a river of interlocking blue shirt collars. Gazing down on The River is The Sea, a crowd of knitted, crocheted, and embroidered faces and masks hallow eyes staring back at The River in contemplation, as witness. Together, we can listen to “what the river says”. This exhibition is made possible in part by scholarships from the Jean Alford Myers Award Fund and the Design Studies Graduate Funding Committee, and by generous donations from the Madison, WI knitting community. For more information about Prose, and her work, please visit www.elizabethprose.com/.





About Design Gallery

The Ruth Davis Design Gallery holds exhibitions that relate to the processes and results of design. Together we encourage research, education and outreach by bringing together the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, the Design Gallery and Ruth Ketterer Harris Library, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs in Design Studies. We are located in the new Nancy Nicholas Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Human Ecology.

Completed in June 2012, the LEED-certified Nancy Nicholas Hall supports the School’s mission to improve the quality of human life, through its education, research, creative endeavors, outreach and engagement. This technology-rich environment facilitates webinars, video conferencing, and interactive learning. Its accessibility, café, roof terrace, and other comfortable community spaces welcome visitors and promote interactions among faculty, staff, students, and visitors. An enlarged, climate-controlled Design Gallery and Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection enhance the visibility of creative works from both students and professional artists.

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