freunde der hfg e.v.
Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Offenbach needs a great number of friends. It is not only the brainpower committed that make for good projects but also the people who support them, back them and make an active contribution to them – their friends and sponsors.
freunde der hfg is a non-profit-making association which sponsors the activities of HfG Offenbach and sees the university, its teaching staff and its students as an important part of life in the city and the region. It is the declared aim of freunde der hfg not only to support the university’s projects and students through grants but also to boost public interest in development at the university. The association is open to everybody who is interested in art, education and culture and would like to help the university.
The annual membership fee amounts to between €50 (€25 reduced rate) and €200 (institutions). Any additional donations are welcome, are tax-deductible and can also, after consultation with us, be used for our foundation. Students and graduates of HfG can be members for one year free of charge.
- Personal invitations to the presentations
- Exclusive guided tours
- Studio visits
- Field trips for members
- Invitations to external exhibitions
- Special editions at discount rates
- Participation in special events
- Regular information on HfG and freunde der hfg activities
Dr. Holger Niedenthal
Dr. Volker Dorsch
Städtische Sparkasse Offenbach/Main
DE71 5055 0020 0008 1060 37
freunde der hfg e.v.
Hochschule für Gestaltung
frreunde der hfg foundation
In August 2014, a foundation was set up to make it possible for the freunde to extend its sponsorship of projects connected with the university and its students.
Dr. Volker Dorsch
Prof. L. Kramer, W. Buckpesch, Gebr. Hartmann, L. Braun
S. von Metzler
Dr. L. Raettig
K. Amend, H.-J. André, P. Antwerpen, Dr. J.Arnold, B. Becker, J. Beddiar, H. Benesch, M. Beseler, Dr. W. Blum, J. Böger, H. Bock, G. Braun, Dr. V. Dorsch, H. Drewing, E. Dude, L. Eichholz, H. Eifert, H. Erb, OB P. Feldmann, P. Femfert, J. Flaskämper, Dr. I. Florschütz, P. Freier, S. F. Fröhlich, Dr. P. Fuhr, G. Gallus, G. Gröninger-Zahn, U. Grünewald, B. Haasner, N. Hassenpflug, M. Heim, J. Held, Prof. K. Hesse, Dr. H.-G. Hildebrandt, B. Hoffmann, Prof. Dr. R. Hoffmann, Prof. Dr. H. Hoffmann, R. u. C. Graf, S. Isser, Prof. A. Jacoby, Dr. W. Kappus, Prof. P. Kellner, H. Kern, H.-P. Kloppenburg, D. Kohsow, J. Kracke, Prof. H. Kraft, M. Kunze, Dr. L. Lacheta, U. Lange, Prof. W. Luy, G. Lux, P. Manahl, H. Manteuffel, D. Matha, O. Meister, Th. Meyer, E. Moeck, H. Münster-Voswinkel, F. Mußmann, B. Novotny-Lukas, Dr. R. Nenno, Dr. H. Niedenthal, Dr. G. Nippel, B. Persichilli, U. Philipp-Manteuffel, A. Pohlenz, H. Rehm, S. Rieschel, Dr. D.C. Schmid, Dr. A. Schmitt-Gläser, J. Schmitz, G. Schneider, OB H. Schneider, H.-W. Schult, W. Schwind, H. Senft, M. Seumel, B. Simon, B. Skupsch, Prof. K. Staudt, Gr. Steiner, S. Stenger, U. Stenger, Dr. A. Steuer, O. Stirböck, Dr. K. u. U. Teichmann, S. Weil, K. Werner-Hentrich, B. Wösthoff, H. Wuchner, Dr. R. Ph. Ziegler
- Berthold Druck GmbH
- Buchverlag "Michael Schwinn"
- Galerie Anita Beckers
- Galerie Barbara von Stechow
- Gem-Praxis Dres. Geis u.Partner
- Gem-Praxis Dres. Bamesreiter, Overmann, Rinke
- GBO Gemein. Bauges.mbH
- Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA
- Hausverwaltung Loulakis
- Stadtwerke Offenbach
- Sparkasse Offenbach
History of the freunde der hfg
How we came into being
Nobody can remember the exact date. Somewhere around the beginning of 1971 Walter Buckpesch, Director of the City of Offenbach’s Schools Department together with Jakob Börner, Director of its Education Department, turned up at Schlossstrasse with screwdrivers in their pockets. They used these to take down a sign saying »Werkkunstschule Offenbach« (Offenbach School of Applied Arts) from the wall. They replaced this with Hochschule für Gestaltung (University of Art and Design).
Thus this municipal education establishment founded in 1832 had become a Hessen State University. Admittedly, the teaching staff had become employees of the state several years earlier but now the state was taking charge of the entire school and its building. This was the second set oof premises that local citizens had had built for the school.
Without further ado the Board of Trustees was dissolved at the school of applied arts where hitherto municipal politicians and experienced citizens had monitored the school’s development. Gerd Salzer, a factory owner and member of the City Council was one of its members. He was worried by the fact that it now seemed possible that after more than 100 years of fruitful collaboration between the school and the city and the region, the two sides might become estranged. Salzer gathered like-minded individuals around him and they formed an »Association of the Friends and Sponsors of HfG«. At the time, the name was still pretty unwieldy. Prof. Lore Kramer was a member of the teaching staff as of 1956. She was vice-rector at the time when the association was established and soon decided to become a member of the body. »Even then the association boasted a large number of members who lived in Frankfurt, like I did,« she reports. Amongst other things, she remembers the tough and complicated negotiations conducted with the tax office in an effort to be recognised as a charity with the relevant tax concessions.
The Friends saw and still see themselves as intermediaries liaising between the university and its environment. They have arranged funding that has made it possible for the institution to perform services otherwise not possible given budget constraints. The Association has organized competitions, helped both staff and students out with individual projects, made study trips possible. At City Hall the association has persuaded the city to match the design for the campus with a redesign of the adjacent Schlossstrasse and Mainstrasse.
The original generation has now retired. But it has been followed by successors who have taken on the founders’ ideas. This new generation sees itself as a supporting network. And they consider hfg to be a house with open doors and windows through which the outside world and the world inside can interact with each other to their mutual benefit.
Die freunde der hfg fördern Arbeiten von Studierenden, sofern sie
- die Ausbildungsziele der HfG spiegeln und von öffentlichem Interesse sind,
- das positive Image der HfG bestätigen,
- experimentelles Neuland betreten,
- als Innovation den Durchschnitt überragen,
- interdisziplinäre Vernetzungen innerhalb oder außerhalb der Hochschule aufweisen,
- als herausragendes Einzelprojekt erkannt werden.
Am 9. Dezember 2015 veranstalteten die freunde der hfg e.v. einen Jahresausklang mit Benefitz-Auktion für studentische HfG-Projekte in der linken Kapelle.
freunde der hfg’s »Rundgang« prizes
Since 2012, to mark the occasion of the annual show, freunde der hfg have been awarding various prizes recognizing the achievements of HfG students.
- freunde der hfg’s tour prizes/product design: Marina Fischer for her design for “In2”
- freunde der hfg’s tour prizes/media: Maciej Medrala for “AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGBBBBBBBB”
At the port of Offenbach
a collaboration between HfG graduates Rachel von Morgenstern & Xenia Lesniewski and a pair of artists known as felgndish (Nils Wildgans & Marcus Morgenstern), 2014
Promoting an exhibition in the HfG showrooms of the Customs Office Offenbach »Concept – Sculpture – Installation« as a pilot issue of the series »Within on Affine Space«, 2015