Currently on View: Wisconsin Without Borders: A Global Initiative
June 5 – Aug 25, 2017
Ruth Davis Design Gallery As a part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 4W Initiative, students and faculty members from the Design Studies program in the School of Human Ecology have partnered with traditional artisans around the world developing coordinated microenterprises projects. Materials and color palettes have been coordinated in order that products are globally interchangeable from one culture to another while still honoring their traditional origins. This exhibition highlights products developed in partnership with artisans in Mexico, Kenya, and India.
Wednesday, September 20 – Sunday, November 19, 2017
An exhibition featuring 70 portraits of Syrian children living in refugee camps in Jordan. Art teachers and students in the United States created and donate portraits to youths around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty.
Textiles and Fashion Design Showcase
December 1–4, 2017
The Textile and Fashion Design (TFD) Showcase features the work of upper-level TFD undergraduates. Each student curates his/her own space creating a mini-exhibition of their strongest studio works. Pieces range from garments to woven, embellished textiles, dyed and printed yardage, to three-dimensional work, and digital and printed portfolios. This exhibition celebrates the breadth and strength of creative exploration in the Textile and Fashion Design program.
Interior Architecture Showcase
December 8–11, 2017
The Interior Architecture Showcase features the work of IA students who have completed the majority their studio courses. They will present design portfolios that showcase work from their academic careers, including designs for residential spaces as well as commercial spaces, such as offices and restaurants. IA portfolios feature computer-generated virtual representations of the students’ designs, as well as traditional hand illustrations, artwork, and graphics that explain their design process. Many of these students are ready to use these final portfolios as they interview for their first professional positions with design firms and design-related companies.
Whirling Return of the Ancestors: Egungun Arts of the Yoruba in Africa and Beyond
Monday, January 22 – Sunday, April 8, 2018
Design Studies Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition
Late April 30 – Early May 14, 2018
Every year the Ruth Davis Design Gallery showcases the final, degree-fulfilling work of Master of Fine Arts candidates from the Design Studies Department. The exhibition is the culmination of three years of intensive work where each candidate launches his/her formal career as an artist-designer.