The Lucile E. Hawks Gallery

Current Exhibition: Ongoing

New Threads


New Threads showcases the Avenir Museum’s recent acquisitions, and examines what makes a textile or apparel object “museum worthy” for acceptance into our collection. Many objects collected by the Avenir are intended as study pieces and are used for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research. Many of these objects may never be used in a public exhibition. The Lucile E. Hawks Gallery provides a space for these pieces to be seen by the public before they are permanently housed in the museum’s storage facility. Fascinating additions to the collection include lingerie from a 1926 wedding trousseau, a vibrantly dyed serape from Monterrey, Mexico, and a pair of Moroccan goatskin cushion covers.


Location and Hours

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is our flagship location, featuring exhibitions from our extensive collection of textile and historic costume artifacts.

  • Location: 216 E. Lake Street, University Center for the Arts-East building - Campus Map
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free; self guided
  • Closed for University Holidays, Fall, Winter and Spring Breaks
  • Contact: (970) 491-1983
  • Parking: There is no dedicated visitor parking for the Avenir Museum. On-street parking is located in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Center for the Arts and the Avenir Museum.

Past Exhibitions

  • Spring and Summer 2016 – Tiny Bits and Pieces