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Barbara Jane Dixon Van Gilder Edit Profile

consultant , Interior designer

Barbara Jane Dixon Van Gilder, American interior designer, consultant. Named Woman of Year, Professional Model's Club; recipient first place award, National Hardwoods Association, 1956, 1st place Best in Show award, Louisville, Atlanta, 1964-1966, 1969-1970, 1974, 1976.


Gilder, Barbara Jane Dixon Van was born on December 6, 1938 in South Bend, Indiana, United States. Daughter of Vincent Alan and Wanda Anita (Rapell) Dixon Van Gilder.


Student, Michigan State University. Postgraduate, St. Mary's College. Postgraduate, New York School Design, 1956—1958.


Factory color consultant Smith-Alsop Paint Company, Terre Haute, Indiana. Architectural design consultant Mishawaka, 1956—1958. Residential-commercial designer South Bend, Chicago, 1958—1963.

Designer industrialized housing industry Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, California, since 1962. Speaker seminars on career mitivation. Design consultant Skyline Corporation Indiana, California, Pennsylvania, 1962—1966.

Vice president design Treasure Chest Corporation, Sturgis, Michigan, 1969, director. President, director Sandpiper Art, Inc. Vice president T.C.I. Ltd.

Design consultant C.O. Smith Indiana Peachtree Housing, Moultrie, Georgia, Nobility Homes, Ocala, Florida. Head merchandising and design Sandpiper Originals, clothing boutique, 1978—1987. President, owner marketing design firm, since 1987.

Placement director specialized design marketing STS corporation, South Bend, since 1989. Currently public relations official American Marketing Association. Adjunct teacher Lakeshore School Systems.

Coordinator trade show displays. National advertising representative Studebaker-Packard Corporation, Mercedes Benz, Clark Equipment, 1959—1963. Writer series on decorating for 2 Michigan newspapers, 1961—6363.

Participant television show Know Your Decorator, California and Maine, 1962, 77. Officer Shoreham Village (Michigan) Board Zoning, 1960—1963. Presenter sales marketing seminars McBride Associates.

President Design Marketing Associates, since 1992. Consultant International Housing and International University Exchange Program, London, Amsterdam, 1993.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to magazines.


Member of Berrien Art Guild, International Biographical Association, International Platform Association, Michigan State University Alumni Association, National Society Interior Designers, Design Council Industrialized Housing (award 1974).


Married Erwin Delton Van Gilder, May 25, 1959. Children: Eric Dalton, Marc David.

Vincent Alan Gilder

Wanda Anita (Rapell) Dixon Van Gilder

Erwin Delton Van Gilder

Eric Dalton Gilder

Marc David Gilder