In addition to her generous financial gifts, Ruth Funk also donated a textile collection to Florida Institute of Technology in 2005. Word soon spread about the university’s exciting new textile project and the collection attracted new donations from textile aficionados across the country.
A small portion of the collection is divided into “hands-on” objects, not suitable for display, which are part of the Education Collection and are available for students to study as part of the “History of Textiles” course curriculum.
Exhibits rotate throughout the year, with a primary focus being to highlight the artistic, technical and cultural significance of the collection displayed. Through our exhibitions, the Ruth Funk Gallery provides a forum for expanding perceptions of the visual arts and encourages dialogue about traditions, cultural identity and aesthetics.
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