Research & Discover
Design Studies: Student Exhibition Showcase
December 4 – December 15, 2015
The Textile and Fashion Design Student Exhibition will open Friday December 4, with a reception from 5 – 7 p.m. Students of senior standing, and advanced students applying to spend their senior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, will use this exhibition to present their strongest works. Garments, woven, dyed and printed yardage, embellished textiles, and other three dimensional work, along with digital and printed portfolios will be displayed. This exhibition will celebrate the breadth and strength of creative exploration in the Textile and Fashion Design program and give students an opportunity to install their work in a professional gallery setting.
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. An additional highlight will be multimedia clips and sensory elements that immerse viewers in each student’s restaurant design and concept. A reception for IA Showcase is set for Friday, December 11, 5-7 p.m.
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.
All Design Gallery events and exhibitions are free and open to the public, thanks in part to the generous support from the Anonymous Fund. Support our programming through a gift to the University of Wisconsin Foundation.