More than 80 pieces of design work from nearly 50 Brookdale interior design students are now on display in the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery as part of a new Student Achievement Showcase, open to the public through Oct. 12.
The exhibit features a wide range of illustrations, computer-aided design (CAD) work, 3D renderings, floor plans and other projects completed by Brookdale students throughout the past year, as well as examples of real-world community development projects completed by the interior design program’s Studio Arts students.
Those projects include an ongoing partnership between students and the National Park Service (NPS), which is working to preserve, restore and repurpose dozens of disused buildings at historic Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook. Throughout the last year, ten students worked with professor Celeste Chirichello, instructor Erica Tufaro and NPS officials to create comprehensive redevelopment proposals for three buildings at the fort and make them available to potential developers.
The proposals, which envision a bed-and-breakfast, a banquet hall and a combination night club and bowling alley at the fort, are on display as part of the new exhibit.
The showcase also features student work from a 2015 partnership with Monmouth Medical Center, in which studio arts students worked with hospital staff and local mothers to design a comfortable, calming setting for sufferers of post-partum depression. Students researched and created design proposals for Monmouth Medical’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program, which opened at the hospital in late 2015.
Thanks to those and other efforts, Brookdale’s Interior Design Student Association received the 2015 IIDA Campus Center Award for Excellence in Community Activities from the International Interior Design Association.
“Our interior design program has been called one of the best kept secrets at Brookdale, and I still believe it is, but I don’t want it to be a secret anymore,” said Chirichello, during an opening reception for the exhibit on Sept. 14. “I wanted to open this exhibit because I believe in our students and I am very proud of their hard work. I want our community to see the talent and the skills that are needed to be an interior design professional.”
Those sentiments were shared by interior design major Shelby Ulrich, who was grateful for the opportunity to show off her work to her family, classmates and the Brookdale community.
“My mom, my aunt, and my grandma are all coming tonight. They haven’t seen a lot of my work, so to have them come here and see it hanging in a gallery, and to see all the work that we do, it’s special,” said Ulrich, whose illustrations and 3D designs are featured in the exhibit. “It helps show that interior design isn’t just picking colors or setting up furniture or things like that. It’s so much more, and it’s nice to have be able to show that to a wider audience.”
General visiting hours for the CVA Gallery are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If the door is locked, see Phyllis Nicholson in the Humanities Institute Office. To learn more about the CVA Gallery and upcoming exhibits, click here.
Learn more about Brookdale’s interior design program here.
Check out more photos of the Interior Design Student Showcase here.