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The Harrington College of Design Student Government (HCDSG) was proud to present the sixth annual IMAGINE community art auction on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at the Center on Halsted.

The event featured donated Harrington faculty and student art work from all skill levels, all sizes and all media including prints, paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, clothing, photography and graphics. Their diverse artwork was then offered in an exciting live auction and silent auction, with all the proceeds benefitting Design Industries Fighting Aids Foundation (DIFFA), one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Merging care and commerce, DIFFA supporters come from all fields of design and visual arts, including architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography, industrial design and consumer product design.

“IMAGINE provides a tremendous opportunity for the Chicago design community to come together, while raising awareness and giving back to a worthy cause,” said Erik Parks, president of Harrington.

This year’s show also featured two posters created by Harrington Faculty members Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling and by Sonnenzimmer, a well-known screen print studio in Chicago which offered limited edition prints for sale to help in the fundraising. See the posters and learn about what inspired their design next week!

Photos courtesy Harrington Digital Photography student Danyel Duncan

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The DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Chicago 22nd Annual Gala kicked off on Saturday, June 12 at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago. The Gala’s theme, “Believe: 2010: See: 2020: Perfect Vision: An AIDS Free World” envisions a journey towards a future without AIDS. Through the stunning theatrics staged by Kehoe Designs, Total Event Resources and sparc, inc.,  attendees were whisked from the present to the feature in an array of lighting, lasers, media graphics and a swooping runway while enjoying cocktails, dinner, entertainment, a live auction and dancing. Check some glimpses of the event below:

Over 500 designers, industry leaders, architects and guests attended the event, including many from Harrington, such as Erik Parks, President of Harrington and past DIFFA Board Member, Dr. John Martin-Rutherford, Chairperson of the Interior Design Program and DIFFA Board Member, and several HCD alumni and students who attended or volunteered for the event.
As Dr. Martin-Rutherford said, “The DIFFA-Chicago Gala was one of the most memorable parties ever and the money collected will help tremendously in furthering the goals of AIDS eradication throughout the world and, particularly, through DIFFA-CHICAGO’s support of local agencies and non-profits engaged full-time in the struggle against this hideous disease.”
Proceeds from the event contribute to DIFFA/Chicago’s Excellence in Care grant program which has awarded over $2.5 million since 1987.  The Gala was co-chaired by Rick Gilman of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Lynn Fordon of Steelcase; and Richard Cassis of sparc, inc.  Serving as Legacy Sponsor was Herman Miller, Steelcase was the Presenting Sponsor and Contract magazine was the Gala’s National Media Sponsor.    

Founded in 1984, DIFFA/Chicago is a not-for-profit fundraising and grant-making foundation that distributes funds to Chicago area HIV/AIDS service agencies that provide direct service, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or at risk for infection
Photos courtesy Brad Kisner and BizBash Chicago

Harrington College of Design was proud to be a Partner sponsor of the event.

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Harrington College of Design is proud to announce that The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has granted the college institutional accreditation until 2014-2015.

The request by Harrington College of Design for initial accreditation was supported by its institutional Self-Study Report, the product of a two-year rigorous self-examination of the college’s programs and services. Accreditation by HLC provides assurance to prospective students and the public, that an organization meets the agency’s requirements and criteria.

“This is a significant accomplishment and, combined with our accreditation from Council for Interior Design accreditation, distinguishes Harrington College of Design as a prominent Midwest design school,” said Erik Parks, president. “I appreciate the hard work of our faculty, staff, board and administrators who contribute to our students’ success every day.”

Additionally, Harrington is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees. Harrington is recognized as a private college by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and is authorized by the IBHE to confer baccalaureate and associate degrees. The Interior Design Program leading to the bachelor of fine arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER). Harrington College of Design recently received re-accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the commission and in the North Central Association, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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