Category Archives: Retail Merchandising

Meet Our Rising Stars and Distinguished Scholars

At the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Conference last month, College of Design faculty and students took home many of the top awards. ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. Apparel Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne was awarded the ITAA Rising Star award for her demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the area of textiles and apparel. Dunne, who is the director of the apparel design program at the College, is internationally renowned for her work in the field of wearable technology. Dunne also directs the Wearable Technology Lab where the research focuses on translating the theoretical potential of smart clothing and wearable technology…

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Windows On Display at the Guthrie and Weisman

This semester students in Juanjuan Wu’s visual merchandising class worked with the Guthrie Theater and Weisman Art Museum (WAM) to create window displays for their shop windows. “I was impressed with this group’s sensitivity to the Guthrie architecture,” said Kay McGuire, Guthrie Theater shop Director of Retail and Merchandising. “Their design seeks to compliment the colors and shapes of the building and play off the winter season.” The winning display for the Guthrie, Modern Holiday, was designed by Elizabeth Huber, Carissa Prieve, Lindsey DeWitt, Crystal Compton, and Kora Gleason (pictured right). Students working with WAM were asked to use Files, the current WAM exhibit about the history of the museum and its collection, to influence their work. The winning design, Exhibition,…

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Andrzej Piotrowski, Sauman Chu, and Juanjuan Wu Receive Grant-in-Aid Funding

Three faculty members from the College of Design received Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research. GIA funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of University. In most cases grants act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. Professor Andrzej Piotrowski (Architecture) will study how architecture has recorded religious and cultural exchanges along the western part of the Silk Road (pictured above); Associate Professor Sauman Chu (Graphic Design) will evaluate the rhetorical appeals of visual information to improve healthy nutrition in individuals with obesity or pre-diabetes condition; and Assistant Professor Juanjuan…

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