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Donna M. Brown

Donna M. Brown


Executive Director
Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

Design, Merchandising and Textiles Program Option



  • Executive Director, Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Wyoming, 2015-
  • Professor, University of Wyoming, 2004-
  • Associate Dean and Director, Academic and Student Programs, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming, 2012-2015
  • Department Head, University of Wyoming, 2010-2012
  • Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, 1993-2004
  • Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, 1987-1993


Ph.D.  Textile Technology - University of New South Wales, 1987.
B.S.  Honours Class I, Textile Technology - University of New South Wales, Australia 1983.


Professional Memberships

International Textile and Apparel Association
American Sewing Guild
International Quilt Association
Silk Painters International
American Quilt Association


Perspectives in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCSC 1010)
Beginning Clothing Construction (FCSC 1170)
Fashion Illustration (FCSC 2175)
Clothing Construction Techniques (FCSC 3170)
Textile Testing and Product Analysis (FCSC 4175)
Fiber Arts (FCSC 4178)

Research/Creative Endeavor

In the last several years, my scholarly focus has been more directed in the area of creative contributions where I have enjoyed considerable success/recognition at the national level, placing highly in many national/international juried shows and competitions.  Although I have competed through both academic and industry sectors, I have found that the type of creative work I do is more easily recognized/understood through industry competitions.  Each creative submission is usually the result of many intensive months to plan, develop techniques and then produce the actual work.

My creative endeavors are directly related to my teaching, with much of my teaching being involved in the areas of design and apparel construction.  My personal success has encouraged students to create and submit works to juried exhibits and competitions.  I have worked hard to establish this as a priority for students, partly by modeling such behavior, and creating opportunities for them to show their work.  An example would be the annual Coat Couture exhibit, which has become the featured summer exhibit at the University of Wyoming’s Centennial Complex American Heritage Center.


Selected Creative Works

Brown, D.M.  “Twisted”.  First Place Clothing category, Hoffman Challenge 2005.  Selected to travel to trade shows, quilt/sewing festivals, etc. as part of Hoffman Challenge 2005 Clothing and Accessories collection A, September 2005 to October 2006

Brown, D.M. “Maid of Velvet and Lace”.  First Place, Professional Wearable Art category, Everyone Loves Sulky Challenge, 2003.  Outfit traveled with Sulky of America to trade shows, quilt/sewing festivals, etc., October 2003 to October 2004.

Brown, D.M. “Mother of the Bride”.  Honorable Mention Adult Division, Make it Yourself with Wool, National Contest 2003.  First Place Adult Division, State of Wyoming Make it Yourself with Wool, 2002.

Brown, D.M. “Second Time Around”. Grand Prize, Most Successful Garment Overall, Taunton Press/Threads Magazine Inspired by Threads Challenge 2002.  Featured at American Sewing Expo Fashion Extravaganza, Novi, Michigan September 2002.

Brown, D.M. “Kaleidoscope in Thread”.  Third Place, Professional Wearable Art category, Everyone Loves Sulky Challenge, 2002.   Outfit traveled with Sulky of America to trade shows, quilt/sewing festivals, etc., October 2002 to October 2003.

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