A Landmark Year

“So happy to have found this place…I’m never disappointed!” – Museum visitor

The above quote was left in our visitors’ comment book and gives me great satisfaction.  The staff and volunteers at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts are dedicated to providing our visitors with inspiring encounters and “this place” never disappoints.  Through immersive exhibit design and thoughtful programming, we engage and sometimes surprise our visitors with the many ways in which the textile arts reflect and express our shared humanity.

This fall, the Funk Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  It’s a momentous occasion that has caused us to pause and reflect on our accomplishments while simultaneously looking to our future goals.  The staff has worked as a team to recraft our mission, vision and values statements, highlighting the Center as a nexus for creativity, inquiry and engagement.  I encourage you to read our new statement and discover the many ways the Funk Center connects people to the communicative power of textiles.

The Center has welcomed over 50,000 visitors to our exhibitions and, as comments attest, the experiences have been “unique,” “intriguing” and “eye-opening.”  The inspiration we provide is possible because friends and donors like you have invested in our passion.  Thank you!



Logo for March 21, 2020 fundraiser for the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

"Celebrate! Couture & Cuisine" is postponed. The Center will follow-up with plans for rescheduling the event, and admissions purchased to date will be refunded. Thank you for your understanding and support!

 March 21, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Denius Student Center, Hartley Room
Admission: $100.00 per person

This fashionable fundraiser will feature live music, a pop-up exhibition of Ruth Funk’s garment designs and tasting stations of global cuisine. Join us as we thank supporters and unveil a new logo for the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts!

Wearable-art attire encouraged. Award for best fashion. Don't miss out!  

Proceeds directly support the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. 

Silk: Elizabeth L. George
Cashmere: Jan and Bob Case, Nancy and Rick Dillen, Nita Grisham of Wells Fargo Advisors
Linen: Carlene Bowden, 
BROS RŌMAN BRÄUN, Carol and Robert Cook, Evangelia Fotopoulos and Andrew RomanSharon Mischker
Cotton: Jenifer Marx 

Ways to Give

Support plays an invaluable role in our continuing success and momentum. As we celebrate 10 years of engaging exhibitions and programs, we also show appreciation to the individuals who’ve made an impact on the Center’s financial growth and development. Thanks to their generosity, three endowments have been founded so that supporters like you can join in sustaining our future.

Whether you’ve been touched by the Center’s educational offerings, exhibitions, or programs, consider a gift to the endowments today! Your support matters!

Education Endowment


The Bob & Jan Case Endowment for Student Enrichment supports and advances arts education for students and youth. Funds donated support programs focused on exhibition engagement including the Center’s “playshop” series and long-time outreach partnership with University Park Elementary School.

Exhibition Endowment


Established in 2018, the Ruth Funk Museum Endowment Fund supports the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts and helps ensure its continued operation as an integral part of the education of students through rotating public exhibitions. Funds donated directly support the Center’s exhibitions which are presented three times annually and showcase the diversity of global textiles and contemporary fiber art.

General Endowment


The H. Seeley and Ruth E. Funk Fund for the Textile Arts was established in 2004 by Ruth Funk to support museum operations and programming. Gifts help to ensure that Ruth’s vision and legacy continue through programs like the Uncommon Threads symposium - one of the most highly anticipated cultural events on the Space Coast.