Permanent Public Art

 

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Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002, an exciting project of collaborative art was created for the Wayne Community.  The resulting partnership between the Department of Art and Design, the Wayne-Carroll Community Schools, and the Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce culminated during the summer months of 2002 with the installation of permanent public art works throughout the city of Wayne. The works consist of a 20’ X 20’ ceramic mural now displayed adjacent to the Wayne area Chamber of Commerce, and twenty-seven aluminum sculptures now installed outside of the Wayne State National Bank (2nd and Main Streets), the Wayne City Building (Pearl Street), the Wayne Public Library (Pearl Street), the Wayne County Courthouse (Pearl Street), and the Wayne Main Street Park (Main Street). The grant author and coordinator of the project was WSC Department of Art and Design faculty member Judith Berry, who was joined by Wayne High School art instructor Amy Jackson and Wayne area Chamber of Commerce director Karin Vaughn in the collaborative activity necessary for the success of the project

 

The creation of the ceramic mural began in the fall 2001 when Berry and Jackson organized art students in a project involving the narrative aspect of art. Various community school students researched the past and present, and projected the quality of life important to the future of Wayne. Using the theme, Embracing Our Past, Present, and Future by Connecting to Each Other, students from WSC and the Wayne community schools drew the original design for the mural. Over the following months, fifty clay slabs were sculpted in relief to depict the drawing and were dried, fired, and labeled for installation. An additional 400 tiles were created by elementary students and WSC elementary education majors and added to the production process.

 

Simultaneously, a second civic design project was also in progress. In various collaborative teams, WSC art and art education majors joined with community members and WSC art faculty members Ray Replogle and Judith Berry to integrate reading, writing and visual arts. As a result, 27 relief-style clay sculptures in the form of open books were created. After completion of the clay books, several creators and many WSC art students worked with Replogle and Berry to build forms, sand molds, and cast the clay into aluminum. Following the casting, the sculptures were chased to a finished state, and a local artist, Mike Fluent, created steel bases for the aluminum sculptures. Area business members and others permanently installed the mounted sculptures throughout Wayne. Throughout the project, community awareness was assured through events such as an informational reception at the public library, weekly radio progress announcements, the creation of leaflets with maps to encourage walking tours in order to view the works, and a festivity to celebrate the installation of the art--complete with live music, a DJ, and food vendors.

 

The public art resulting from this project will be on permanent display in Wayne, and will permanently document the partnership between Wayne State College, the Wayne Community Schools, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce. According to art faculty member Judith Berry, "There were many exciting connections made during the entire process. Two events come into my mind. As handprints were pressed into the mural to symbolically represent the support adults must give to the children of the future, that of a retired farmer and a six-month-old baby are placed next to each other. The difference in the size is overwhelming and quite touching. Another moment was when a parent told me that her children wanted to go for a walk and read books. The parent was confused and asked if that meant they wanted to go to the library, the children responded by saying, ‘No, the cool books, you know, like the one you made Mommy!’ It is my hope that the connections continue to be made to recognize the arts as core subjects worthy of study and remain prominent in our community."

 

"Click here to view images from this campus and community project.

 

Upcoming Events

Sept. 4-Oct. 1

WSC Art & Design

Faculty Exhibition

Opening Reception

Sept. 4, 5-6 p.m.

 

Sept. 26

UMKC Conservatory Singers

Ramsey Theatre,

12:00 p.m.

 

Oct. 3-Oct. 16

Service-Learning Historical Photo Restoration Exhibition

Opening Reception

Oct. 3, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

 

Oct. 4

Service-Learning Alumni Reunion,

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery and Ramsey Theatre, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

 

Oct. 4

Band Day

Downtown Wayne,

9:30 a.m.

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