October 17 – November 17, 2004
Participating artists have made wearable breast art prostheses to be a part of a woman’s attire, a fashion accessory, adornment, and statement. Art pieces will be displayed alongside examples of the way breast cancer research addresses issues expressed in the artwork. The exhibition is intended to create an avenue for health education through art and to afford an opportunity for vision, growth, and change. By combining art and science, The Art of Healing Breast Cancer: A Union of Science and Design bridges the gap between facts and understanding. The scientific information reveals challenges and shows how scientists are striving to overcome them. The Breast Art collection deepens our understanding by interpreting the impact of breast cancer on the human spirit.
January 30 – March 4, 2005
Southeast Asian baskets represent the symbiosis of traditional rural life and the community's relationship with nature. The basket maker is simultaneously botanist, mathematician, structural engineer and artist. To bring baskets to life and deepen their meaning, this exhibition presents the pieces within the context of daily rural life and the cycle of agriculture.
April 10 – April 16, 2004
This annual installation, timed to coincide with University Picnic Day, is a lively survey of student talent and creativity that reflects the multi-disciplinary breadth of the Design Program's course work.
May 15 – June 24, 2005
This exhibition will highlight a wide range of western and ethnographic costume, textile and furniture items acquired since 1992. Exquisite, labor-intensive dyeing, weaving, and embellishment techniques will be evident in many of the pieces. A grouping of textiles will contrast "authentic" pieces with pieces which simulate those same time-consuming dyeing, weaving, or surface embellishment techniques.
Selected items will illustrate how traditional techniques and materials have evolved in response to contact with the western world. Conversely, examples of western fashion items document the influence of motifs and techniques found in ethnographic textiles. In addition, groupings of hats and footwear will illustrate the diversity of materials, techniques, forms, and motifs that have been used throughout the world.
July 17 – September 30, 2005
The first fibers woven by the indigenous people of Mesoamerica came from the endemic maguey or agave plant. Still in use today, ancient techniques transform these fibers into rope, bags, cargo nets, tumplines, hammocks, and horse gear. The secrets of these processes were learned from extensive field research in Guatemala, and are the basis for this exhibit. Photos and samples illustrate methods of fiber extraction, spinning, and loom and non-loom construction techniques. Market scenes and product use round out the display. Come follow the strand from past to present, by looking beyond the bright rainbow colors of Mayan clothing, to the natural color of maguey.