Arizona PBS seeks submissions for 4th season of 'Arizona Collectibles'

March 6, 2017

The Arizona State University community is invited by Arizona PBS to apply for a chance to have their undiscovered treasures and antiques featured on the fourth season of “Arizona Collectibles.”

The Arizona PBS original series, hosted by radio personality Beth McDonald of Phoenix-based 99.9 KEZ, showcases the shared history of the heirlooms and collectibles hidden inside our homes. Arizona Collectibles Arizona PBS is seeking people to apply to have their antiques featured on the fourth season of “Arizona Collectibles.” Download Full Image

ASU alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to submit a description of an item at Those selected will receive a complimentary admission ticket and one free evaluation at the show on April 8–9. Season four will premiere in fall 2017.

Additional evaluations for a second and third item can be purchased for $35 each. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31. Based on the outcome of the appraisers’ evaluations, guests may be invited to appear on camera with their collectibles.

“The ‘Arizona Collectibles’ evaluation event is such an exciting weekend,” Arizona PBS producer Margery Punnett said. “This is our fourth year doing it, and each year, we are surprised by the items that people bring in for evaluation by the professional appraisers. Amazing items and incredible stories!”

Some of the amazing items from past seasons include advertising campaign materials for Ford Motor Company’s Edsel automobile, which are worth $200,000. Other incredible stories include an heirloom wedding ring smuggled out of Germany during World War II, now worth $2,000, and a Ralph Goltry painting purchased for $12, which is now worth $2,500 to $3,000.

Interested individuals can get a special invitation to the event by pledging $120 and becoming members of Arizona PBS. As a thank-you gift, these members will be provided with a time slot to have up to three items evaluated at no additional cost. Each collectible must be within the 50-pound weight limit, and guests must be able to carry their own items.

Categories of items eligible for evaluation include:

  • furniture and decorative arts
  • jewelry and watches
  • Native American artifacts
  • books and manuscripts
  • paintings and drawings
  • Asian art and decorative arts
  • collectibles — coins, stamps, 20th century
  • toys and amusements
  • memorabilia and ephemera
  • rugs and textiles

“Arizona Collectibles” is an Arizona PBS original production made possible by Hospice of the Valley, Biltmore Loan & Jewelry, and English Rose Tea Room. 

South Korean company sponsors ASU Design School by building prototypes for students

March 6, 2017

A South Korean model-making company is sponsoring The Design School in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts by building prototypes for selected students.

Dosun Shin, associate professor in industrial design, said this partnership with Model Solution gives students valuable experience by giving them insight into the process of how their designs can be built professionally. ASU Industrial Design Prototype Industrial design alumna Muriel Shields shows off a prototype of her Salud design. Photo courtesy of the Herberger Institute. Download Full Image

“Design is all about visualizing ideas,” Shin said. “Prototype models provide valuable information (about) the product, which includes form aesthetic, human factors, materials, interaction and product emotion. The quality of a prototype model tends to change the result of those evaluations, and it is required to have high quality prototype models before manufacturing.”

Model Solution agreed to sponsor ASU last year after Shin made a connection with the company. Shin selected a project by Muriel Shields, who was a student in his senior studio last year, for the sponsorship.

The company built a model worth $10,000 of her design for Salud. Salud was designed to replace a standard refrigerator water and ice-dispensing unit with an in-home, low-profile, automated medication management device for elderly patients.

The prototype built by Model Solution was not a functional model but an appearance model, which is an accurate physical representation of product appearance but usually does not contain any working parts. Shin took the prototype to the Industrial Designers Society of American International Conference in August, where more than 1,000 people saw Shields’ design. 

Shin will choose another student design this year to have prototyped and will show the prototype at the next IDSA conference. The company sponsors nine universities, and all prototypes are displayed at the conference.

Shin said this partnership is an example of innovative thinking and serving students.

“ASU is the No. 1 university in Innovation, so the way we think, teach, research and serve should be innovative as well,” Shin said. “Nine Korean industrial design faculty, including myself, who are teaching in the universities discussed this program with the Model Solution company in South Korea and made this sponsorship program. I am excited to build this type of win-win program with industries.”

Sarah A. McCarty

Marketing and communications coordinator, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts