As Florida Tech continues to review and assess the coronavirus situation, campus events are cancelled/postponed for the remainder of the spring 2020 term.  



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


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 


Friends of Textiles Lecture Series

CANCELLED - “A land which defined itself on a hostile frontier": South Africa and the United States during the Pre and Post-apartheid Era" by Dr. Jacob Ivey, Assistant Professor of History, Florida Tech

Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m.
Hartley Room, Denius Student Center (2nd Floor)
$10, FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students

Join us for an illustrated lecture on the history of South Africa! Dr. Jacob Ivey is an assistant professor of history in Florida Tech’s School of Arts and Communication. Ivey’s research focuses on the manner in which Africans and Europeans were able to form their own systems of state control and defense during the period of European Imperialism in Southern Africa – notably in the region of KwaZulu-Natal which is home to artists of the Ubuhle Beads collective.

By examining the African constabulary, particularly instances of violent crime, his research aims to show the role of colonial violence in the development of African agency within the British Empire and across the Atlantic World in the nineteenth century. Ivey also examines anti-apartheid movements in Central Florida, illustrating the growing popular support amongst citizen activists that emerged in the 1980s.



More workshops to come this summer!


Special Events

CANCELLED - New Docent Mixer

Monday, March 30, 2020
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Ruth Funk Center Mezzanine

Are you interested in learning more about arts and culture? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? A “docent” is a teacher, lecturer, or guide and plays an important role in creating a memorable experience for museum visitors.

To learn more about the Center's 2020 docent training program and meet our current team of docents, join us at our New Docent Mixer! Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by March 23 to Donna Sewell at or 321-674-6129.



CANCELLED - Yoga in the Galleries

Thursdays, Feb. 13- April 23, 2020
4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center Galleries

Kundalini Yoga is a spiritual and physical practice incorporating movement, breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras. The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. The class will also include a gong relaxation. 

This donation based class is opened to all levels. Please bring a mat and a water bottle.


CANCELLED - Beading Demos

Thursdays, Feb. 13- April 23, 2020
10 a.m.-12 p.m. (2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23)
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (2/20, 3/5, 3/19,4/2, 4/16)
Ruth Funk Center Mezzanine

Throughout the exhibit local embroidery artists from The Indian River Chapter of The Embroiderers' Guild of America will be onsite demonstrating a variety of beading techniques.


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