The Galloway Café on the first floor of College of Design West Building is a true event space central to the everyday life at the College. Inspired by Thomas Galloway, Dean of the College from 1992 to 2007, the café is a place where people around the campus can grab a quick bite to eat or meet others over coffee to share ideas and build community.
‘FEED ME’, is a site-specific installation completed in 2007 by SoA faculty, Frederick Pearsall and Stuart Romm, involving two cabinets of display—one for food and one for information moving across an array of synchronized screens—and a precast stone counter that situates them in relation to the daily food service. Each cabinet combines stainless steel frame, perforated sheet metal, and a special semi-reflective/semi–transparent glass. The work was commissioned by Sharon Perry Galloway and made possible partly through an endowment from Tom Ventulett, a prominent alumnus of the School, and constructed by Jerry Goux, a more recent graduate of the program.
Recently, a new section of the café has been opened up with new tables constructed from recycled frames of old studio desks and outfitted with new tops wired for computer and wheels like the earlier tables on wheels to allow for a fluid and flexible layout. In a short amount of time, these tables have become extremely popular and sought out by people from all over the Institute and become its own unique social phenomenon.