The Portal: A Step into the Past

Call for Entries Open. Accepting Submissions: 03/23 – 04/08 [Deadline Extended]

The Portal: A Step into the Past is a juried online exhibition featuring student-designed historic interiors. The virtual exhibition will be hosted by the Center of Design and Material Culture with the purpose of showcasing selected period rooms designed by students of the course DS 422: History of Architecture (18th Century to Present) as their final project for the Fall 2020 semester. These projects represent a wide range of design styles and were created using a variety of software and media. All students who completed this project in the Fall 2020 semester are welcome to submit their project to the exhibition, no matter the medium/program employed.

The window for submitting projects is March 23-April 8, 2021. A shared drive link has already been distributed to students, but contact designgallery@sohe.wisc.edu if you have not received access. All projects submitted within this window will be considered by the jury for the exhibit. Any projects submitted after April 8, 2021, 11:59PM will not be accepted. Along with project submissions, designers must submit a text entry that briefly describes the style/their design choices/the time period this room would exist within. Feel free to include quotes or anecdotes from the time period if appropriate. Alternatively, designers may create a narrative-style text entry that paints a picture of their room within its historical context. The designers can decide which form of text entry is most compelling when paired with their project as this text entry will be displayed if the project is accepted into the exhibition. This text entry should be about a paragraph and will be edited for length and clarity if the submission is accepted into the virtual exhibition.

Special awards will be conferred to a number of designers whose projects stand out amongst the others. These awards will be decided by the jury.

By submitting work, students are consenting to the compression of their projects if necessary. Worry not, special attention will be paid to image quality if compression must occur.

Submission Guidelines

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Rules for Submission

  • Project must have been created in DS 422 in the Fall of 2020.
  • Project must be in a virtual format. If the project is physical, high-quality photos that adequately represent the design must be provided for jury consideration.
  • Projects, and their accompanying paragraph, must be submitted by 11:59PM on April 8, 2021, to be considered by the jury. Any projects submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Directions for Submission

  • Add your name to the spreadsheet in the Shared Drive (the Shared Drive link has already been distributed to students, but contact designgallery@sohe.wisc.edu if you need access).
  • Upload your materials to the Shared Drive.
  • Follow the following naming conventions:
    -For project: “Last Name, First Name (number of submission)”. For example, if you are submitting four images of your project: “Claus, Santa (4)”.
    – For text entry: “Last Name, First Name (text entry)”. For example: “Claus, Santa (text entry)”.
  • Please refresh the page to ensure that you can see your project in the drive before leaving the page.
  • That’s all! Good luck!

Students will find out if they were accepted into the exhibition via their school emails during the week of April 19th. The exhibition will go live at the end of the semester here on the CDMC website.