With fall only a week away, it only seems fitting that the newly opened Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts museum’s first exhibit “Coat Couture: Inspiration to Creation” is an ode to an item of clothing that becomes an essential necessity when the temperature drops.
Curated by Carla Funk (no relation) and Thea Rusch, the 60-piece exhibition positions Ruth Funk’s wearable art in the context of global textile arts. African mud cloth, Chinese embroidery, Panamanian molas and Asian ikats are featured as the inspiration for her contemporary wearable art designs.
Carla Funk not only donated her art, but $1.25 million to the museum, 500 textile-related books to the university’s Evan’s Library and the bulk of her textile collection, which also includes jewelry and cultural artifacts of artistic and historic value.
The gallery, located on the main campus of the Florida Institute of Technology houses over 3,000 square feet of exhibit space and houses textile artifacts and costumes from all corners of the world. Coat Couture: Inspiration to Creation will be on view through Dec. 12, 2009. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.