Design Arts Society

Design Arts Society (DAS) members promote a greater awareness of the role that design plays in our daily lives. DAS offers a chance for members to study and explore Western design, from 16th century to the present, in a broad range of media including furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, and product design. As a DAS member, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and learn from international, national, and regional design experts through a series of lectures and private events.

Examples of events hosted recently by DAS include: Shaping the New Century: A Two-Day International Design Symposium, A Night with George Nelson, Revisiting Cranbrook: Eliel Saarinen and the Survival of Tradition and many more.

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Nancy Ramsey, President
Natalie Wehr, Vice President
Eric Rowland, Secretary
Jim Sholly, Treasurer
Mark W. Demerly, Immediate Past President
Lee Alig, Member at Large
Jordan Bahler, Member at Large
Janet Barb, Member at Large
Sheri Conner, Member at Large
David Force, Member at Large
Nikki Godersky, Member at Large
Joann Green, Member at Large
Joel Harrison, Member at Large
Mary Inchauste, Member at Large
Chip Kalleen, Member at Large
Marika Klemm, Member at Large
Shirley Mueller, Member at Large
Marian Pettengill, Member at Large
Vess Ruhtenberg, Member at Large
Joe Shoemaker, Member at Large
David Stahl, Member at Large
Christopher Stuart, Member at Large
Christopher West, Member at Large
Tom Vriesman, Member at Large


Become a member of DAS today! In order to be eligible for membership in the DAS, you must be an IMA member.

$50 Member


During the last four years, under the direction of R. Craig Miller, senior curator of design arts and director of design initiatives, the IMA has acquired over 1,000 design objects emphasizing twentieth and twenty-first-century design. The new Design Arts Galleries on the Museum’s third floor will expand the collection’s exhibition space to nearly 10,000 square feet. This new installation, scheduled to open in 2013, will be one of the largest–and first–comprehensive surveys of the history of contemporary design in an American museum. With a special lead gift of $10,000 from the Design Arts Society (DAS), we have launched the 2012 Design Arts Society Purchase Fund initiative. Our goal is to help the Museum acquire twentieth-century masterpieces to fill major gaps in the collection, and to augment the numerous gifts that will be secured from national and international patrons, designers, and manufacturers over the next year.


Design Arts Society