Category Archives: College Events

Community Engaged Preservation: Exploring Race, History, and Public Life

At first glance, 4600 Columbus Avenue South in the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood doesn't look too special. But in 1931, the house was the site of one of South Minneapolis' largest racial showdowns. When Arthur and Edith Lee, an African-American couple, bought the house in what was then considered a white neighborhood, their neighbors mobbed the house to intimidate them out. A number of groups and individuals stepped up to defend them, including postal service workers, WWI veterans, the NAACP, and attorney Lena Olive Smith. In fall 2012, professor Greg Donofrio challenged his class Introduction to Historic Preservation class to consider "why is the site of an event that happened 80 years ago of interest to a neighborhood today? Why…

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Get Your Tickets for Elements: Design Competition & Runway Show

This spring semester the Weisman Art Museum will host its third annual design competition. The museum's student group, WAM Collective, in partnership with the University of Minnesota College of Design have asked sixteen student designers to create ready-for-the-runway garments. Taking inspiration from the Weisman's exhibition, Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined, the competition will showcase designs with an emphasis on sustainability. TICKETS: Reserve your ticket now. Designs will draw upon the landscapes, materials, textures, and traditions of Siberia, while also responding to the environmental questions the region raises. Over the course of their design process, contestants will consider topics such as, sustainable design; environmental, ecological, and labor support structures in the garment industry; and how garment production exploits or depletes these systems…

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On the Runway + On Display: Align Fashion Show in Rapson Hall

The 46th annual apparel design fashion show, Align, took place on February 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm in Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus. ALIGN PHOTOS: Coming SoonIf you missed the fashion show, you can still see Align: The Exhibition in the Goldstein Museum of Design's HGA Gallery. The exhibition provides a look at the designs, which include childrenswear, bridal, ready-to-wear, science fiction, and conceptual statement pieces using everything from hand dyed and hand knit pieces to digital printing and wearable technology.Align is a capstone experience for apparel design seniors who participated in a fall semester studio-based class dedicated to creating and producing the spring event. "Align represents the culmination of our…

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Nominate a Designer for the $2,000 Margot Siegel Design Award

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) is now accepting nominations for the second annual Margot Siegel Design Award. The Siegel Design Award honors designers who demonstrate design excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. The recipient of the Siegel Design Award will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Twin Cities to present a public lecture and accept a $2,000 award. Nominations for the 2014 awards will be accepted by email through February 28, 2014. Eligibility and Guidelines:Nominations for the 2014 awards will be accepted by email (gmd@umn.edu) through February 28, 2014. The Siegel Design Award is given for a body of completed work, not for a specific project.Individuals from any design field are eligible. Nominees must have been…

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Camera Obscura on Northrop Plaza

A camera obscura (“dark chamber” in Latin) is an ancient optical device. In its most basic form it is, quite simply, a dark room with a small hole in one wall. On the wall opposite the hole or lens, an image is formed of whatever is outside. This image is upside-down (inverted) and back to front (laterally transposed). A lens can be used to sharpen the projected image and let more light into the room. The camera obscura was the forerunner of photography and the camera. The Black Box Camera Obscura on Northrop Plaza, part of the Pop-Up Northrop initiative, allows anyone to draw aside a black curtain and enter the small, windowless building, where they can see inverted image of…

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The Best of Sketch Off: Tooth Brushes, Refrigerators, Funny Hats and More …

If you liked Sketch Off, another event presented by the Product Design program, Eat Deaign: An Edible Design Tasting Experience, will take place on December 11. The even is $15 and open to the public. Register here.Students from any discipline at the University of Minnesota can register for Product Design: Concept Sketching and Rendering to become better at visualizing their ideas. This class concludes with the annual Sketch Off, Improv Concept Sketching Battle, where students and industry designers rapidly visualize wild product ideas with suggestions from the audience. This year participating professionals included Liz Apple, Associate Designer at Target; Kirk Morris, Associate Designer at Target; and Scott Melanson, Industrial Designer at Sportech. Here are some of our favorites from #SketchOff13:1. Bad…

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Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People's Lives?

Interior design educator and researcher Denise Guerin will deliver the University of Minnesota’s annual Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Cowles Auditorium. Professor Guerin’s lecture “Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People’s Lives?” presents an overview of her imaginative, sustainable approach to interior design centered on the well-being of people. Guerin’s work has revolutionized the thinking, teaching, research and practice in the interior design field locally and globally. In many cases, Denise was the “first,” the “only,” or the “one” to pull teams together to conduct research that provides designers and architects with design knowledge that makes a difference in people’s lives in places they live,…

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On Display: Tales of Environmental Turbulence

An exhibition involving 24 artists addressing the intersection of art and science in their work will hold an opening exhibition in the University of Minnesota Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library and at Institute on the Environment on Thursday, October 17, 2013. “Tales of Environmental Turbulence: the Common Trail of Art and Science” aims to bridge multiple disciplines of environment, science, sustainability and the arts to create and inspire conversations and opportunities for participation and interpretation of critical issues in our cultural environment and beyond.   The public is invited to attend the two-part exhibition opening on October 17. The first reception will take place from 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. in the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library (Rapson Hall, 89 Church…

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