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Interior design show explores students' artistic growth

Feb. 15, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The works of four aspiring interior designers are on display through Friday, Feb. 22, in Western Michigan University's Trimpe Gallery, Room 1014 of the Trimpe Building.

Student participants are Andrea Beardslee of Vicksburg, Mich.; Gina Bingle of Mt. Clemens, Mich.; Robin Rue of St. Joseph, Mich.; and Sarah Williams of Fenton, Mich. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is the second in a series of Interior Design Senior Gallery Shows.

As organizers of their own exhibit, the students are responsible for the work they choose to show, gallery lighting, presentation design and a special gallery reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

While the four-person exhibit offers examples of individual accomplishments, it also showcases projects that represent teamwork, challenge and growth. Some of the works also bring to life the concept of ideation--the process of deriving ideas through free-association, challenging conventional ideas and combining simple elements into new ideas.

Sponsored by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in WMU's College of Education, the show is one of two major projects each interior design major must complete before graduation. In the spring, they must also present a final project to a panel of reviewers. Adaptive re-use of historic structures, commercial renovations, and mixed-use developments are among the many interior design assignments the seniors are pursuing.

For more information, contact Berni Proeschl, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, at (269) 387-3724 or <bernard.proeschl@wmich.edu>.

Andrea Beardslee of Vicksburg is the daughter of Richard and Sheree Beardslee. She is currently an intern at Kingscott Associates Architects in Kalamazoo and plans to work for an architecture firm in Chicago.

Gin Bingle of Mt. Clemens is the daughter of Janet Frank of Chesterfield and Joseph Bingle of Warren. Her stepfather is Henry Frank. Bingle, whose minor is in business, has worked for Carmine Bossio Interiors in Northville, Mich., and currently works for Interphase Office Interiors in Grand Rapids, Mich. After graduation, Bingle plans to move to Chicago and work in residential or hospitality design.

Robin Anne Rue of St. Joseph is the daughter of Randy and Donna Rue. After graduation Rue wants to work for a Chicago architectural firm.

Sarah Williams, who grew up in West Branch, is the daughter of Jim and Vanessa Williams of Fenton. An interior design major with a minor in marketing, Williams hopes to stay in West Michigan and work in hospitality design.

Media contact: Gail H. Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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