South Charlotte

Design society creates scholarship to honor local teacher

The Interior Design Society has created a scholarship in memory of Michael Godfrey, who died in April 2010 at age 56.

Godfrey was an art history and design instructor at Central Piedmont Community College, beginning in the mid-1970s. He was a partner in the Curators' Forum, which eventually let to his association with Andreas Bechtler and Godfrey's position as first curator of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Godfrey also held positions as a founding partner of the Contex Visual Arts Center and worked with Little Italy Peninsula Arts Center, The Mint Museum, National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

It is the imprint Godfrey left on the students and friends throughout the community, however, that remains his strongest contribution.

With this in mind, a luncheon will be held at the Myers Park Country Club on Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring Joe Ruggiero, one of HGTV's design stars. Ruggiero has a multimedia home design and television production company based in Los Angeles.

All proceeds from the luncheon will provide scholarships of $1,000. Scholarship recipients must be student members of The Interior Design Society and enrolled in an interior design program. Scholarships will be given on both merit and financial need.

"With the influence of HGTV and other network shows, interior design has become more mainstream," said Barbara Eldridge, president of the Charlotte Interior Design Society. "People think that we only create rooms that have a theme, etc., but in truth we create a home that is comfortable and fits the needs of the people who live there."

"Joe Ruggiero will be talking about the boundaries blurring, the indoors and the outdoors flowing together, fabrics that can be used in the home as well as outdoors and furniture that works well in either location," said Eldridge.