Design Gallery

Design Studies Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition

April 30 – May 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Each 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 as each candidate launches their formal career as an artist-designer.

The 2017 Design Studies Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition promises a broad spectrum of work; ranging from consumer-friendly retail interiors and an emergency shelter concept, to evocative fiber arts. Both the Textile Design and Interior Architecture disciplines are well represented by Hannah Bennett, Yeonhee Cheong, Liz Kozik, Grace Cervantes, Bixi Zhang, and Weizhan Zhang.

Interior Architecture MFA candidate Grace Cervantes reflects, “I believe beautiful and considered design has the power to transform and inform our ordinary experience…I intend to create an environment that will impact shopping behaviors in a positive way.”

Weizhan Zhang’s concept for an emergency shelter on Levuka Island, Fiji, stems from real life experience. Following the island’s devastation by Cyclone Winston in 2016, Zhang surveyed the local population and participated in the reconstruction of a local structure. She then occupied the dwelling to analyze its resistance to future storm damage. Zhang states “Based upon my research, I suggested changes and innovations for future transitional shelter design for Fiji and similar tropical islands post-disaster.”

See more work here:
Hannah Bennett
Liz Kozik

MFA artwork

Design Gallery and Reading Room events are free and open to the public.

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Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm

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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.

Support Us
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.

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