Center for Design and Material Culture

About the Center

Center for Design and Material Culture logoThe Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) is one of five Centers of Excellence within UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology (SoHE) that promotes human-centered scholarship.  In partnership with SoHE’s Design Studies Department the CDMC serves diverse communities of scholars who study, practice, and experience material culture and design as complex relationships between humans and the material world, today and in the past.

Mission

The Center for Design and Material Culture promotes learning, exploration, outreach, and community engagement related to design and material culture through stewardship and administration of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and Ruth Davis Design Gallery.

Resources

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is a teaching collection that comprises 13,000 artifacts. The Collection’s mission advances understanding of cultures and their history through engagement with textiles for the creative, technical and educational benefit of scholars from the university and beyond. Portions of the Collection are on view year-round in the Lynn Mecklenburg Reading Room and scheduled exhibitions in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery.

Contact

Ruth Davis Design Gallery
University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Human Ecology
1210 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-8815
E-mail: designgallery@sohe.wisc.edu
Web: sohe.wisc.edu/design-gallery 
Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Human Ecology
1235 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-1162
E-mail: hlatc@mail.sohe.wisc.edu
Web: sohe.wisc.edu/hlatc

 

News and Events

Join the email list to get notices about upcoming events and exhibitions. Get the most up-to-date information and interesting items about design and textiles by liking the Ruth Davis Design Gallery page on Facebook.

Support Us

All Center for Design and Material Culture events and exhibitions are funded entirely by competitive grants and private donations. Help us keep our programs free and accessible to the public through a gift through the the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

 

Center Staff

Sherry Harlacher.Sherry Harlacher, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Design and Material Culture
Pleasant Rowland Distinguished Director of Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
1235D Nancy Nicholas Hall
608-890-4854
harlacher@wisc.edu

 

Picture of Natasha ThoresonNatasha Thoreson, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Design and Material Culture
Associate Curator and Collections Manager, Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
1235H Nancy Nicholas Hall
608-262-1162
thoreson2@wisc.edu

 

Picture of David NewellDavid L. Newell
Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Outreach
Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Center for Design and Material Culture
1210B Nancy Nicholas Hall
608-262-8815
dlnewell@wisc.edu

 

Picture of Laura SparksLaura Sparks
Communication Specialist, Center for Design and Material Culture
1235E Nancy Nicholas Hall
608-262-1162
llsparks@wisc.edu

 

Picture of Mark VerstegenMark Verstegen
Preparator
Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Center for Design and Material Culture
1210 Nancy Nicholas Hall
608-446-0541
mverstegen2@wisc.edu