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Student-designed 'BIG FELT! Collaging Interiors' exhibit comes to Perspective Gallery April 24 to 29


   

Big Felt exhibit A piece from the "BIG FELT! Collaging Interiors" exhibit


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 12, 2012 – "BIG FELT! Collaging Interiors," a collection of works by Virginia Tech students that explores the limits of felt as a building material, will be on display at the Perspective Gallery in Squires Student Center from Tuesday, April 24, through Sunday, April 29.

An opening reception will be held Friday, April 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

The works, described by the gallery’s website as “highly tactile, interactive, site-specific spatial constructs,” were created by students in the Felt Constructions seminar led by Helene Renard, an associate professor of interior design in Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture and Design.

Much of the work was specifically tailored to the gallery’s space as well as to be responsive to the exhibit’s temporary nature. The exhibit will also challenge traditional art gallery interactions through designs that encourage interactivity. The installations range from humorous to provocative and are meant to provoke new ideas about the role of felt in design.

The exhibit is also part of the gallery’s community outreach and education program, which aims to expose the community to the world of aesthetic experience.

The Perspective Gallery is located on the second floor of Squires Student Center. "BIG FELT! Collaging Interiors" will be on display during expanded gallery hours from Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 2 to 7 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Visit the gallery’s website for more information.

With a visitor’s pass, parking is available for Squires Student Center from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Parking meters within the Squires Lot will need to be paid. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor’s pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours.

After 5 p.m., free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.

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Written by Jennifer Gibson.