Biennial Juried Student Exhibition

"Wabi Sabi Nostalgia" was created in TMFD 823: Aparel Design in Multi-Media by designer Armela Naco.

Biennial Juried Student Exhibition

11 Mar 2015    

Twenty-four pieces of some of the finest work produced by UNL’s fashion and textile design students will be on display at the Biennial Student Juried Exhibition at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery in the Department of Textiles Merchandising and Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The work will be on display in the gallery on the second floor of the Human Sciences Building between March 16 and April 10, 2015. The Friends of the Hillestad Gallery will host a closing reception for the exhibition on Friday, April 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and awards will be announced at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery. The awards are generously provided by the Mary Mitchell Fashion Excellence Award Fund and the Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, and the public is welcome to attend and meet the designers.

This year’s invited juror is Kim Hahn, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the prestigious Fashion School of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Professor Hahn, who is an alumni of UNL’s TMFD department, earned both her MA in Apparel Design and her PHD in Merchandising at the University of Nebraska. She is an internationally recognized designer and scholar who is sought after for workshop and symposia throughout the country. She has participated in over twenty-two juried exhibitions and holds six first place awards for her designs, many of which were featured at the Hillestad Gallery in a recent show entitled, “Optical Meshing.” She has shown her work in China and Korea as well as throughout the U.S.

Hahn indicated that she was honored and intrigued to carry out the jurying process. She spoke of the work as “multi-dimensional,” having both “meaning and structure.” She enjoyed viewing examples of embroidery and beadwork, and appreciated the diversity of the work. Of the twenty-four pieces presented in the exhibition, the original, sometimes cutting-edge, designs range from evening wear to Japanese-inspired wabi sabi fashion. The pieces were developed in classes such as Draping, Flat Pattern, Line Development, Experimental Apparel Design, and Fashion Design in Multimedia. The garments range from statement pieces to highly marketable garments that reflect current trends. The garments are concept driven and developed from original patterns. They display various techniques such as embroidery, beadwork, pleating, weaving, and free form draping. Some garments are hand dyed while others are a showcase for original, digital prints. This is an opportunity to view the design work of students about to start their careers in the global marketplace that constitutes today’s fashion.

The following students were selected to exhibit their work in the 2015 Biennial Student Juried Exhibition:

Undergraduates:                                             Graduate Students:

Olivia Borer; Elgin, NE                                  Molly McPherson; Glen Lyon, PA

Kaitlyn Coufal; Bee, NE                                 Armela Naco; Lincoln, NE

Brandy Focken; Palmyra, NE                       Breanne Reiss; Omaha, NE

Brandon Perchal; Tekamah, NE

Kilee Richards; Lincoln, NE

Haley Williams; Lincoln, NE



Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design