Wisconsin Without Borders: A Global Initiative

Photo of woman Wisconsin Without BordersJune 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.

Design Studies Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition

DS MFA 2017Sunday, April 30 – Sunday, May 14, 2017
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.
This year six graduate students will be presenting their work: Hannah Bennett, Yeonhee Cheong, Liz Kozik, Marilyn Grace Cervantes Muniz, Bixi Zhang, and Weizhan Zhang.

Design 2017: Juried Design Concepts from Across Campus

Design 2017 imageFriday, April 14 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
The best application of design principles and design thinking in real form, this juried exhibition features undergraduate and graduate student work in any field of design taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Submissions may include graphic design, interior architecture, landscape design, textiles, multi-media works, 3D printing, or any applied example of “Design Thinking.” All works must have been produced within the past two years

Interior Architecture Showcase

Interior Architecture Showcase[Council of Interior Design Accreditation Exhibit]
Friday, March 17 – Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Experience the design communication skills that majors must master in order to earn a B.S. degree in interior architecture. The exhibition features examples of student course work including sketching, rendering, computer-aided drafting, and three-dimensional modeling.
UW-Madison is proud to be one of four Wisconsin schools offering a four-year professional program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). CIDA reviews the Interior Architecture degree program in Design Studies for accreditation every six years. This exhibition corresponds with the new accreditation review.

Crossing Mountains and Other Adventures: Story Quilts by Rumi O’Brien

Rumi O'Brien quilt detail.Sunday, January 22 – Sunday, March 5, 2017
Rumi O’Brien is that rare storyteller who can transport you to another time and place, introduce you to a colorful cast of characters, and spin an epic tale without ever saying a word.  Her stories are told with fabric, needle, thread, and thimble – tools and materials that work together to create the whimsical quilts that are her signature.

In the Fold: Origami by Ruthanne Bessman

OrigamiSunday, January 22 – Sunday, March 5, 2017
A stunning companion show to the Ruth Davis Design Gallery’s Crossing Mountains and Other Adventures: Story Quilts by Rumi O’Brien, In the Fold: Origami by Ruthanne Bessman is on concurrent display in the adjacent Lynn Mecklenburg Reading Room. Bessman explores the intricacies of origami by combining shapes and forms, and the delightful results they inspire. Her works span the traditional and the contemporary. Many of Bessman’s creations have not been on display in more than ten years. This is a rare opportunity to revel in the humor, traditions, complexities, and fantasy of contemporary origami.

Textiles and Fashion Design Fall Showcase

sewing machine foot - Textiles and Fashion Design Fall ShowcaseDecember 2–5, 2016
The Textile and Fashion Design (TFD) Fall 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 Fall Showcase

Interior Architecture Fall ShowcaseDecember 9–13, 2016
On view starting December 9, Interior Architecture Portfolio 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.

Stitching History From The Holocaust

Stitching History drawingSunday, September 11 – Sunday, November 13, 2016
Dress designs and accessories from original sketches by Hedy Strnad, who perished in the Holocaust. There will be a separate companion exhibition of garments created by UW Madison design students who looked to Hedy’s legacy for a modern twist on late 1930s–1940s styles.