Students create Bridgeway Commons quilt

May 15, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ – Carole Spelic', University of Wisconsin-Platteville fine arts lecturer, and students from her Fibers and Fabrics course have teamed up with the Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement to contribute a number of pieces of art to the newly built Bridgeway Commons. One of them is a wall hanging, created with a traditional quilting technique but using UW-Platteville themed T-shirts for each square.

“Our project is now in full swing,” said Abigail VanOrden, a freshman agriculture education major from Butternut, Wis., who is currently working on the T-shirt quilt, which will occupy one of the many bare spaces within the building. “However, we are still looking for more donations of T-shirts.”

Funding for the many art projects has been made possible through several donations from the College of Liberal Arts and Education, UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation as well as a PACCE grant.

“The materials, aside from the donations of the T-shirts, have all been paid for through the generous funding we have received,” said Spelic'. “In this case, we used the funds to purchase fabric for edging and backing.”

Spelic' and her T-shirt quilt-making Fibers and Fabrics students would like to create more T-shirt quilts in the future and are looking for more donations of T-shirts with UW-Platteville slogans and logos.

“I think a T-shirt quilt is a wonderful piece of art that will really contribute to Bridgeway Commons,” said Bill Kloster, director of the UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation. “It is an all-encompassing piece that incorporates a bunch of different facets of this campus.”

Bridgeway Commons is located adjacent to Southwest Hall and will house 440 students and a 500-seat dining area.

“It is important for student artwork to be displayed in residence halls because it allows students not only to display their talents, but it teaches them several important things,” said Kloster. “These students design the work, budget for the art, present the art and finally implement their piece.”

To donate T-shirts, contact Spelic' at (608) 342-7301 or

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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