Our Mission

The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology promotes the cultural understanding and appreciation for textiles, fiber arts and associated objects within the University and surrounding communities.

About Us

The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts preserves and displays an international collection of textiles through rotating public exhibitions and educational programs. Highlighting the collection are traditional handmade textiles, embroidery, garments and related accessories from Africa, Japan, India and Central Asia; European and North American embroidery and samplers from the 16th through the 20th centuries; and contemporary wearable art and fiber arts.

Florida Tech’s Ruth Funk Center is the only textiles center in the state and one of very few in the nation. The two-story center features 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, 2,500 square feet of collections storage and work space, 700 square feet for a mezzanine library and 600 square feet for a lobby and grand stairway.

Our generous benefactor, Ruth E. Funk, has enriched the university through her vision and philanthropy. In addition to her financial support that has helped make this space possible, she has given Florida Tech hundreds of books and a lifelong collection of textiles and wearable art.