A new Wearable Art Design Award has been added to the Runway 3.0 for a new section in the event. Two mini exhibitions from Design department professor’s Jozef Bajus and Carol Townsend’s students are part of the Runway event. This year Professor Bajus’s fiber design students also have a section of their own on the Runway. This new award is sponsored by Elaine Polvinen, Professor and coordinator of the Fashion Technology Program.
Ginny O’Brien will be the judge for the $500.00 Wearable Art Design award that is sponsored by Professor Polvinen.
Ginny is an artist, educator, lecturer, and author. She exhibits her work regularly and has extensive experience teaching college-level studio and lecture courses in design and fiber art. She conducts workshops for teachers, artists and healthcare professionals that integrate the arts and creativity for the promotion of health and wellness. She recently developed and taught an innovative expressive visual arts program designed for adolescent and adult outpatients receiving care in a hospital setting.
Her publications are found in several art, education and health-related journals. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, Fibers, from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts degree with concentrations in Textiles and Art Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.
O’Brien currently serves as Curator of Education for the University at Buffalo Art Galleries in Buffalo, New York.