Under beautiful, sunny skies, students, faculty, staff and family members gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the collaborative Lace Futures exhibition. The ceremony took place in front of the Paul J. Gutman Library, underneath the commanding Threshold installation: an autumn-colored, gracefully twisting archway poetically connecting strength and delicacy, fantasy and reality.
Hy Zelkowitz, adjunct professor in industrial design and co-curator of the exhibit, acknowledged the students – from interior design, industrial design, fashion design, textile design and landscape architecture – for their collaborative work. Marcia Weiss, assistant professor of textile design, also worked on the exhibition.
Provost Randy Swearer said the works touched him emotionally and lauded the exhibition for the way it used the “land and the campus to showcase the creativity of our students.”
President Spinelli said the exhibit, with its focus on collaboration, creativity and innovation, is ‘an example of how we can lead in higher education” and exemplifies the goals of the University’s Strategic Plan. “This is a really special moment in the history of the university,” he said.
The four installations are located in the Kanbar Campus Center Living Room, The Tuttleman Center, Ravenhill Dining Hall and in the Paul J. Gutman Library. These projects are funded by a grant from Cotton, Inc. and the Cotton Board.
For these projects, student teams explored the ideas of transparency, interlacing elements, crossing boundaries and lace as an object. Each team selected the ideal site for their work, based on traffic patterns, sunlight, movement and space utilization.
The Threshold installation is displayed in the Paul J. Gutman Library and was created by industrial design students April Deley and Geoffrey Quinter, landscape architecture Mike Hill and textile design student Angela Leonard.
The Cascade installation is displayed in The Tuttleman Center and was created by industrial design student Sean Kennon, interior design student Jamye Lamborn and textile design student Amanda McGonagle.
The Hands-On! installation is displayed in the Kanbar Campus Center Living Room and was created by architecture student Sarah Davis, and fashion design students Hannah Mantooth and Chantelle Wilson.
The Newton’s 4th Law Offended installation is displayed in the Ravenhill Dining Hall and was created by interior design student Renee Horst, industrial design student John Modestine and textile design student Jennifer Sulikowski.
The four new exhibits present a further exploration of the theme of the spring 2009 Lace Futures exhibit, which included more than 200 student and faculty pieces of work from a variety of disciplines.