Dirty Laundry

Presented by the Design Student & Alumni Board (DSAB).

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Virtual Event
7:00 PM program

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DIRTY LAUNDRY delivers the dirt on design. Listen in as design professionals reveal their best and worst experiences working in the world of design and share career tales with a humorous spin. Prepare yourself for one juicy night of design gossip!


Kelsi Sharp
Kelsi Sharp

Graphic Designer, signmaker, and embroidery enthusiast, Sharp Design Co.

Growing up in the American Southwest, Kelsi is strongly influenced by the signage, gas stations, and other relics found on the historic Route 66 highway. After studying construction methods at a university level, earning certifications in fabrication technologies, and apprenticing in an iconic Santa Fe sign shop, Kelsi created Sharp Design Co., a signage and environmental design company based in the Midwest. With projects all over the country, Kelsi has taken on many thrilling opportunities to refine her craft.

As an expert in her niche, Kelsi's small design company works with collaborators on concepts and offers prototyping services as a means to guide clients in a thoughtful, innovative, and realistic direction throughout their fabrication process. Make no mistake, Kelsi still loves to get her hands dirty—you can find her hauling installations 3 times her size or meticulously applying her signature freehand to signage—but she is always eager to journey outside of application. Kelsi’s white glove consulting has served as a springboard for her ever-evolving repertoire as a design professional and creative.

Sonya Berlovitz
Sonya Berlovitz

Costume Designer and Artist

Sonya Berlovitz has designed over sixty productions for the Tony award winning Franco- American company Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Since 2009 she has been a resident designer with The Moving Company. Sonya is a graduate of both La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (1985) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1990). Following her studies she worked as a textile specialist for internationally acclaimed fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto in Tokyo, Japan for one year.

Ms. Berlovitz has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including The Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Best Costume Design award (The Green Bird 2000, Tartuffe 2015), Bay Area Theatre Award (Tartuffe 2016) Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grant (2005 and 2013) and a McKnight Theatre Artists Fellowship (1999 and 2016). In 2015 she was selected for participation in Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990 – 2015 held at the Bakrushin Museum (Moscow, Russia). Ms Berlovitz has participated in many exhibitions of her renderings costumes and paintings with solo exhibitions. She has also taught as well as lectured at Fairfield University (CT), The University of Minnesota, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Past Dirty Laundry Events

Visit the Dirty Laundry event archive for a list of our previous speakers and to watch their presentations.


Ideas for speakers?

If you have suggestions for speakers for future events, please submit them to Lori Mollberg, Director of Alumni Relations.

Speakers can be from any of the disciplines in the college; we usually have 2-3 speakers.

This annual event is held each fall semester. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB).

Dirty Laundry is the recipient of the 2009 UMAA Program Extraordinaire Award.

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