April 18, 2012
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Outdoor sculptures enrich campus
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The outdoor sculptures of steel, limestone and aluminum that recently popped up across Slippery Rock University’s campus beckon the viewer to contemplate prairie winds, fishing and the Aegean Sea.
The sculptures are part of this year’s Kaleidoscope Arts Festival that continues through April 29. They will be on display through Oct. 31, and one of them will be chosen for SRU’s permanent collection.
SRU’s first Annual inaugural Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition includes 10 sculptures by nine established American sculptors.
“I think it is awesome. It is great to bring more art on campus,” said Crystal Nath, an art major from Pittsburgh and member of the art department committee that selected the sculptures for exhibition. “We obviously had a small collection of outdoor sculptures before, but this adds to it. It not only enriches campus for the art students but for other students as well.”
The exhibition includes sculptures by Tom Como, SRU professor of art; Peter Calaboyias of Pittsburgh; Fritz Olsen of Michigan; James Shipman of Pittsburgh; D.W. Martin of Edinboro; Tim Kaulen of Pittsburgh; Ken Thompson of Michigan; Kyle Milne of Pittsburgh and James Myford, SRU professor emeritus of art.
Myford and Robert Smith, SRU’s former president, conceived the outdoor exhibition.
Myford, who taught at SRU from 1968-1997, specializes in cast and fabricated aluminum sculptures. Well respected in large and small-scale aluminum work, Myford created the sculpture in front of SRU’s Swope Music Hall and the two towers in downtown Slippery Rock. His sculptures are displayed in corporate, museum and private collections throughout the United States and Japan, Sweden, Venezuela, Australia and Brazil.
“We sent out requests for proposals and received a variety of submissions from different artists,” Como said. “We’re trying to bring more art to the Slippery Rock University community.”
Each artist selected to show a work will receive a stipend. At the conclusion of the show, one piece will be selected for purchase by the University and added to its permanent collection of outdoor exhibits, Como said.
As part of the exhibition activities, the Art Sculpture Building will be renamed the James C. Myford Art Sculpture Building during a reception at 2 p.m., April 29. A self-guided tour of the outdoor exhibit will follow.
Colleen Reilly, SRU assistant professor of theatre and Kaleidoscope director, said the display embodies the educational mission of art.
“As director of Kaleidoscope, I feel strongly that the visible installation of artwork in campus spaces is essential to the landscape of a liberal arts university,” she said. “These sculptures will provide a direct experience of art as part of the daily routine of our students, faculty and staff as they travel about the campus.”
SRU launched Kaleidoscope 11 years ago to bring free and reduced-cost arts programming to the community.
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Kaleidoscope tickets for shows and concerts will be available at the door or at the University Union Information Desk. The complete schedule of events is at http://www.sru.edu/academics/colleges/chfpa/kaleidoscope/Pages/ScheduleofEvents.aspx.
For more information, call 724.738.4586.