Material World: The Center for Design and Material Culture centers learning on the objects all around us

When COVID precautions limited in-person gatherings and closed campus galleries, the CDMC quickly adapted. Exhibitions were put online. Social media channels were revamped. And before the end of the summer, the center had launched a new website (cdmc.wisc.edu) as well as CDMC Conversations: live, online discussions between artists, designers, industry professionals, staff, and students.

SoHE News: Sep 4–10

Gaddis in The Atlantic on overlooked frontline workers in school reopenings, Carter op-eds in Washington Post and Cap Times, Sarmadi on mask safety and care on WPR, and more.

SoHE News: Aug 21–27

Sarmadi and Kurutz featured in UW News for cross-campus mask development project, new Angus show featured in Art & Object, Sarmadi discusses neck gaiters’ filtration against COVID-19, Gaddis featured in Edge Effects podcast, and more.

CDMC Summer Fellowships Offer Unique Research Support to UW Undergrads

Three undergraduate students recently presented the results of their Chipstone Foundation-supported summer research fellowships with the UW Center for Design and Material Culture at SoHE, showcasing projects in textile studies, material culture, and design thinking.

SoHE News: July 17–23

Addo named to Lumina Foundation’s student borrowers of color working group, Bea publishes on gendered earnings differences after parenthood, Duncan offers mindfulness strategies for patient parenting, and more.

SoHE News: June 12-18

Poehlmann-Tynan research with Sesame Workshop featured by university, Thomas talks mental health with alumni for UW Now, CFS RDRC hosts its second annual Junior Scholars in Training program, and more.

Carter to Lead UW Center for Design and Material Culture at SoHE

Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, currently Visiting Executive Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Design Studies, has accepted an invitation to serve as CDMC’s Executive Director beginning in fall of 2021.

Design Studies PhD Student Natalie Wright Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Natalie Wright, who just completed her first year of PhD coursework in Design Studies, has won the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Recognized as a top applicant, Wright will research histories of making and disability under the mentorship of Professors Marina Moskowitz and Sarah Anne Carter.