Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Artist uses form and function with interior designs

"Fighting obesity within the built environment while promoting physical activity" by Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams has designed a building that houses both a rehabilitation and wellness center to aid the fight of obesity.

Williams’ designs in the "Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition" will be presented on banners and a television screen with walk-through animations of the structure. Williams designed the building, located in Richmond, Va., as a multi-use facility that leads to healthier lifestyles.

“My ultimate goal with design is creating an environment with a sense of place that integrates functionality, aesthetics and cultural influences,” said Williams. The rising rates of obesity in Richmond inspired her to design a building that would help alleviate these health issues.

One of Williams’ goals when designing is to enhance experiences while promoting productivity. She particularly enjoys doing research to reach these goals and help overcome obstacles. She says the process of design, from coming up with the initial concept to finishing the final computer renderings and animation, allows her to be creative in both the technical and artistic aspects of her multifaceted profession.

Williams earned her BFA in interior design at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 and is a 2013 candidate for the MFA degree in interior design at the University of Georgia. In October 2012, her work “Tribal Ink of Polynesia” was selected and presented at the Design Communication Association’s national conference at Oklahoma State University School of Architecture.

Williams plans to find a job in a design firm upon graduating. She hopes to continue traveling and learning about other cultures around the world.

The “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” is on view at the Georgia Museum of Art March 16 to April 22, 2013, with an opening reception in conjunction with 90 Carlton: Spring on March 22. MFA Speaks is scheduled for March 21 at 5:30 p.m. and will feature the artists discussing their work.

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