University's Design Disciplines Come Together for Combined Exhibition at Ice Box Gallery

'Design Does' to feature student work from four design-focused programs

April 7, 2010

Focusing on "design" as a verb, the exhibition "Design Does" demonstrates how University of the Arts students can push design beyond conventional aesthetic boundaries to problem-solve in new and unexpected ways.

Featuring more than 70 pieces of work by graduates and seniors in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Multimedia, and Museum Exhibition Planning and Design, the show runs April 30 through May 4 at the Ice Box Gallery of the Crane Arts Building at 2nd and American Streets in Northern Liberties.

The exhibition, the University's first focusing on all of its design-oriented disciplines, is organized by verbs such as "educate," "innovate," "advocate" or "entertain," instead of by academic program. Exhibition participants will have the opportunity to insert their own verbs to describe projects and see how artists themselves have labeled them. Featured projects include a campaign to promote Latin culture through a retail store and product line, a venture to transform abandoned lots into gardens and community space, a sustainable package design and a video installation interpreting negative thoughts (still shown above).

"The exhibition is really giving the University's design students a chance to speak and represent what design can do," said Meredith Doby, a second-year graduate student in the Museum Exhibition Planning and Design program, who is helping curate the show. "It's more than a year-end exhibition of student work. It's showcasing how design can act in the world."

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