Gustafson Gallery Hosts Champions by Design Exhibit

Thirty young Coloradoans are being recognized by Colorado State University’s Department of Design and Merchandising, which is featuring their work in the fifth annual Champions by Design exhibit on display Oct. 3-31 at the Gustafson Gallery on campus.

The exhibit will feature the original clothing designs of Colorado 4-H members who range in age from 10 to 18. Each item on display received a blue ribbon at the 2003 Colorado State Fair and was within the top 10 items in its respective class.

"This exhibit is fun and it gives students and community members a chance to learn about the design and merchandising program," said Sue Cummings, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension specialist. Members of the 4-H program get a chance to share their accomplishments in a new and different venue and allows them to incorporate the skills they learn in 4-H with design.  Many of the selections are unique combinations of fabric, original sewn clothing or embellished items.

Cummings added that the exhibit is a good way to feature the diversity of the design and merchandising program.

The items were selected by a panel of Colorado State Cooperative Extension agents and volunteers, all of whom served as State Fair judges or superintendents. Out of about 500 entries, the clothing chosen for the exhibit was selected based on creative and interesting use of design elements and individual innovation that goes beyond following patterned instructions.

The Gustafson Gallery is located in Room 145 Gifford Building and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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