Tag Archives: Ruth Davis Design Gallery

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Textile Tuesday: Roaring 20s Beaded Dress

Dress, North America, 1920-1929, embroidery, tambour work, 40 x 23 in. Allison Gorniakis graduating this week from the Textile and Fashion Design program in the School of Human Ecology. For this week’s Textile Tuesday, graduating senior Allison Gorniak takes a fresh approach to a silk “flapper” dress, using creative writing to imagine the meaning of […]

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Points of Departure

Inspirations from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection September 18 – November 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm This fall, a new exhibition marks the conclusion of the 50th anniversary of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Points of Departure: Inspirations from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection highlights the Collection’s […]

MFA Design Gallery 2019

DESIGN STUDIES MFA

Design Studies Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition April 27 – May 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Thurs, May 2, 5-7 pm Earthly Remains Exhibition Premiers in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery The Ruth Davis Gallery is pleased to present Earthly Remains, a group exhibition featuring works by Larissa Cangussu, Dakota Mace (Diné), and Emily Popp. The Design […]

2018-19

Dutch Complex Housing Wednesday, September 19 – Sunday, November 18, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 5 – 7 pm Scarcity of land and high population density in the Netherlands motivates urban planners to pursue different spatial solutions than those prevalent in the United States. This exhibition explores universal planning concepts including thoughtfulness, social commitment, […]

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Appliqué to Zardozi

A Celebration Sampler January 27 – April 14, 2019 Appliqué to Zardozi: A Celebration Sampler, is the first of two major anniversary exhibitions celebrating the breadth and depth of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, and featuring an international selection of textile-making techniques. The exhibition’s subtitle, A Celebration Sampler, references historic hand-embroidered samplers traditionally made by […]

2019-20 schedule

Foundations: An Introduction to the Design Studies IA Program June 18 – August 2, 2019 The Interior Architecture Program is structured on a foundation emphasizing the process and communication of design, as well as the final product. The four-year professional program is accredited by the Council of Interior Design. Students learn to integrate the art of […]

Dutch Complex Housing

September 19 – November 18, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 5 – 7 pm Scarcity of land and high population density in the Netherlands motivates urban planners to pursue different spatial solutions than those prevalent in the United States. Holland has a century-old policy of providing housing for all citizens. In the late 20th […]

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How to Collaborate

Center for Design and Material Culture The Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) invites collaboration opportunities from UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students as well as off-campus community members.  We give special consideration to proposals that encourage engagement with art, design, built environments and modified landscapes and rely on designed objects as primary sources.  Successful […]

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Experiencing Space

Designs by Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Students June 8 – August 3, 2018 A selection of design works by upper level students in the Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs at UW-Madison. Interior Architecture coursework combines the art of design with social science to create revolutionary spaces and environments for people. Landscape Architecture provides […]

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Center for Design and Material Culture Affiliation

The Center aspires to be a hub for exchanging ideas, building skills, and broadly promoting the value of objects to enrich our understanding. Our affiliates form a community and are an essential part of our mission!  We hope our affiliates will contribute to, participate in, and benefit from our Center programs and join us in […]

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Design Studies MFA

Design Studies Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition April 22 – May 13, 2018 Opening Reception: Thurs, April 26, 5-7 pm 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 […]

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Whirling Return of the Ancestors

Egúngún Arts of the Yorùbá in Africa and Beyond January 24 – April 8, 2018 The Ruth Davis Design Gallery hosts the exhibition Whirling Return of the Ancestors, a dynamic, multi-sensorial exhibition of sights, sounds, motions … and emotions, January 24 – April 8, 2018. The exhibition presents the rich and varied artistry of Egúngún […]

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Textiles & Fashion Design 2017 Fall Showcase

December 1 – 4, 2017 Special Gallery Hours: Friday, December 1, 10 am – 7 pm Saturday and Sunday, December 2 – 3, Noon – 4 pm Monday, December 4, 10 am – 4 pm Opening reception: Friday, December 1, 5 – 7 pm The Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) Fall Showcase features the work […]

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The Memory Project: Faces of Joy

September 20 – November 19, 2017 Gallery hours: Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Thursday evenings until 7 pm Saturday – Sunday, Noon – 4 pm About the exhibition This fall, the Ruth Davis Design Gallery is organizing The Memory Project: Faces of Joy, a traveling exhibition featuring 70 handmade portraits based on […]

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2017-18

Experiencing Space: Designs by Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Friday, June 8 – Friday, August 3, 2018 A selection of design works by upper level students in the Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs at UW-Madison. Both programs emphasize problem-solving skills and critical thinking based on ecological principles, societal needs, and cultural foundations. Design Studies […]

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Center for Design & Material Culture

About the Center The 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 […]

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Past Exhibitions

The Ruth Davis Design Gallery features exhibitions on a broad range of subjects relating to the processes and results of design. Explore a selection of previous exhibitions. Past student work   Past faculty and alumni work    

Interior Architecture Showcase

Interior Architecture Accreditation Exhibit

Interior Architecture Showcase: Six Years of Excellence Friday, March 17 – Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Council of Interior Design Accreditation Exhibit 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 […]

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Design 2017

Design 2017: Juried Design Concepts from Across Campus April 14 – 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, […]

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Stitching History From The Holocaust

September 11 – November 13, 2016   Paul and Hedy Strnad are trapped as the Nazis close in. Can Hedy’s dress designs and their cousin in Milwaukee help them get to the United States? All efforts failed. Hedy and Paul perished in the Holocaust, but their memory lives on in a letter and sketches, which […]

Stitching History Exhibition Ties Together History and Humanity

Blog by student Meg McMahon, x’17 In 1997, letters posted 1939 Prague were discovered in Milwaukee. They were written by a young Jewish couple hoping to escape German occupation with the help of an American relative living in Wisconsin. Included in the letters were fashion sketches and an appeal to employ seamstress Hedwig “Hedy” Strnad. Hedy did […]