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Interior Design, a first place win at NARI show

By Nicholas Patrinos, Downtown Campus Editor
On February 26, 2012

Working up to opening day

Interior Design students worked late on February 8, the day before the Milwaukee NARI 50th Annual Home Improvement Show opened to the public.Their hard worked paid off giving them a win and a $1,000 check for their school organization. Students, Robb Hrcry, Angie Sorrenti, Jeremy Brown and Jim Nisiewicz worked together to complete the final layout for their exhibit space. Hrcry was the team leader for the project.

Nisiewicz built the grandfather clock used in the exhibit.

The interior design competition included students from other colleges and universities.

According to Mary Walgren, an Interior Design program instructor from West Campus, "the students get reimbursed for supplies upfront for $250.00 providing receipts. Each participating group receives $1,000 from NARI. The MATC students are the part of this chapter for American Society of Interior Design."

Per a telephone interview, Walgren announced that they won the first place award. "The votes just came in and we won," Walgren said with excitement.

Annual Event

The competition each year for the Milwaukee/NARI show is held at the State Fair Exposition Hall. The competition requires the students to design a room that is 12X12 feet with complete furnishings.

According to NARI, the Student Interior Design Contest is a special attraction at the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show in February.

Four local colleges design and create a specific 12x12 space.

Attendees of the Home Improvement Show serve as judges for the contest. The schools each receive funds for the school's interior design program.

The Milwaukee NARI is the local chapter for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Many contractors are registered as members in order to ascertain they are qualified to perform their type of work.


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