Design 2021: Call for Entries

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Design 2021: Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Submissions Portal Open: Friday, March 19-Sunday, April 18, 2021

This spring, the Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) and the Design Studies Department present Design 2021, a virtual edition of SoHE’s annual juried student exhibition. UW–Madison students of all majors were invited to submit their best design work generated through Design Studies courses over the past four semesters (January 2020 through April 2021) for consideration.

Work is being judged on originality, experimentation, craftsmanship, and content. Work will be juried/selected by two design industry judges. The entry window for submissions was from Friday, March 19 – Sunday, April 18, 2021. Each student was able to submit a maximum of four (4) entries, including group projects/collaborative works. Selected work will be curated into an online exhibition at the end of the semester and hosted here on the CDMC website (launching in May). Apply now!

Full Details and Submissions Guide Here.

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Photograph of woman smiling and holding up a dramatic color around/above her head.Mary Jaeger, Textile and Fashion Designer, Owner of Mary Jaeger Atelier

Mary Jaeger is an entrepreneur well known for her innovative textile, fashion, and interior designs. She is a master of natural fiber manipulation, repurposed cloth, resist dye techniques, couture sewing, digital technologies, and minimal to zero waste. Drawing on years of study and work in Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe, Mary exhibits internationally at museums, galleries, and fine stores. Mary won the Smithsonian Honoring the Future® Sustainability Award in 2019. Her heirloom collections can be seen at her Brooklyn, NY atelier, online, and on Instagram (@maryjaeger_ny). Mary received her BS and MS from the School of Human Ecology at UW–Madison.


photograph of a smiling woman with long hair wearing a pink shirt standing before a beige background.Maya Mockert, Interior Designer at ERDMAN

Maya is a proud Badger Alumni who graduated from UW–Madison in 2019 with a Degree in Interior Architecture and Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Since graduating, Maya has worked as a Healthcare Interior Designer at ERDMAN in Madison, WI. She aims to elevate patient experience, healing, and holistic well-being through the power of design in her daily work. Outside of work, Maya enjoys outdoor adventures such as hiking, skiing, and most recently, getting her Scuba Diver Certification. Finally, she would like to thank you all for sharing your design talents with us and the world beyond!

The Design 2021 exhibition will be launched on the CDMC website, in mid-June 2021. A virtual awards ceremony and online exhibition launch celebration may occur in 2021 (date TBD based on awardee availability).

The following awards will be announced and highlighted within the online exhibition:

  • Jurors’ Choice: Textiles & Fashion Design
  • Jurors’ Choice: Interior Architecture
  • Best in Textiles: Textiles & Fashion Design
  • Best in Fashion: Textiles & Fashion Design
  • Best in Mid-Level: Interior Architecture
  • Best in Upper-Level: Interior Architecture
  • Best in Fundamentals: Interior Architecture
  • Best in Fundamentals: Textiles & Fashion Design

Logo for the Design 2021 exhibition featuring cascading paint chips