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Fourth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition Announced

 

Wayne State College seeks submissions from artists working in outdoor mediums for the fourth annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Submitted works should be capable of withstanding severe weather conditions. The selected sculpture(s) will be granted an honorarium of $1000 for a 12-month outdoor exhibit at Wayne State College. Interested artists should send three views of each proposed sculpture (maximum of 12 jpg images, 72 dpi, with no dimension exceeding 2000 pixels) via e-mail along with a short resume in PDF format to JaODonn1@wsc.edu.
The application deadline for receipt of images is February 15, 2013.

Selected artists will be notified by mid-March, and selected work(s) are to be delivered and installed between mid-May and mid-July.

 

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Winning Entry in Third Annual WSC Outdoor Sculpture Competition Installed

“The Thinker,” the winning entry in the third annual Wayne State College Outdoor Sculpture Competition, was recently installed on the WSC campus. The piece will remain exhibited until June 2013 and is installed in front of the Studio Arts building on R. Anderson Drive on the WSC campus. 

 

metal sculpture“The Thinker” is a work of artist Serge Mozhnevsky, who was born in Russia and raised in Ukraine and who graduated from the Uzhgorod Professional College with a diploma and Honours in Wood Carving.  During the 1980's and into the 90's Mozhnevsky participated in numerous Ukrainian and international exhibitions.  In 2000 Mozhnevsky immigrated to Canada and now lives in Vancouver.   His works are in private collections in Europe and North America.

 

The competition was announced in the December 2011 issue of Sculpture magazine, attracting entries from around the United States as well as from Canada.  According to James O’Donnell, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State, “This type of competitive exhibit process for outdoor sculpture has become very common for colleges, universities, galleries, corporations, and municipalities, and our jury was delighted with the entries we received.  After quite a bit of deliberation, the jury chose The Thinker as the winning piece.”    According to Mozhnevsky, “For me, sculpture is a language which was born in spaces between the words. Explanations of what I am intending, or thinking or capturing in my works can sometimes close things for people, make them see only as the piece speaks to me.  “The Thinker" represents the continuous flow of thought.  I believe that simple lines evoked by natural forms provide the greatest freedom for our emotions and imagination.”

"One of the educational benefits of hosting this outdoor sculpture competition is the direct engagement that our students have with the work,” reports Steven Elliott, Chair of the Department of Art and Design at WSC. “Since outdoor sculpture is so highly visible, it has the ability to spark curiosity and connect the arts with the campus in a friendly way."

 

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Winning Entry in Annual WSC Outdoor Sculpture Competition Installed

 Metal Response, the winning entry in the second annual Wayne State College Outdoor Sculpture Competition, was recently installed on the WSC campus. The piece by Colorado artist Bill Vielehr will remain exhibited until August 2012 and is installed along the Campus Commons area of the WSC campus.

 

metal sculptureThe competition was announced in the May 2011 issue of Sculpture magazine, attracting entries from around the United States.  According to James O’Donnell, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State, “This type of competitive exhibit process for outdoor sculpture has become very common for colleges, universities, galleries, corporations, and municipalities, and our jury was delighted with the pool of entries we received.  After quite a bit of deliberation, the jury chose Metal Response as the winning piece.”  Vielehr transported the work from Washburn University (Topeka, KS), where the piece was exhibited during the 2010-11 year, to Wayne for the installation on August 17.  Previous exhibits of this piece have included venues in Bellevue (WA), Key West (FL), and Atlanta, Georgia.  Metal Response is comprised of three columns created from pieces of cast aluminum, each column being about a foot in diameter and standing about 12' tall, and each weighing about 200 pounds. 

According to Vielehr, ‘“Metal Response" is a visual and physical statement that addresses criticism that large contemporary sculpture has become like large logos. The informal presentation of the columns' relationship, and the text which is out of context, counter these remarks. Scribbles and drawings based on all marked forms of communication create the textures. Add reflection and physical presence, and you get ‘Metal Response.'"
 
Vielehr is a lifelong resident of Boulder, Colorado. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1969 from Colorado State University, where he also pursued graduate work in the field of sculpture. He has built a career that includes both a solid exhibition schedule and numerous public and private commissions.  "One of the educational benefits of hosting this outdoor sculpture competition is the direct engagement that our students have with the work,” reports Steven Elliott, Chair of the Department of Art and Design at WSC. “Since outdoor sculpture is so highly visible, it has the ability to spark curiosity and connect the arts with the campus in a friendly way."

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 Winning Entry in WSC Outdoor Sculpture Competition Installed

The Librarian, the winning entry in the first annual WSC Outdoor Sculpture Competition, was recently installed on the WSC campus. The piece by Ohio artist James Havens will remain exhibited until August 2012 and is installed at the main entrance of the Peterson Fine Arts Building on the WSC campus.

 

librarian sculptureThe competition was announced in the September issue of Sculpture magazine, attracting 14 entries from around the United States.  According to James O’Donnell, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State, “This type of competitive exhibit process for outdoor sculpture is becoming very common for colleges, universities, galleries, corporations, and municipalities, and our jury was delighted with the pool of entries we received.  After quite a bit of deliberation, the jury chose The Librarian as the winning piece.”  Havens transported the work from his studio in Woodville, Ohio to Wayne for the installation on November 1.

 

Sculptures by Havens have been in exhibit throughout the eastern half of the country, including the Aaron Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Grounds for Sculpture in Mercerville, NJ, the Toledo Museum of Art, McCormick Hall in Chicago, Cobo Hall in Detroit, and the IX Center in Cleveland, OH.  Permanent collections that contain works by Haven include numerous private collections as well as public collections exhibited by corporations NASCO (St. Paul, MN), Ironworkers Union Hall (Toledo, OH), Gibson Tool Company (Bridgewater, NJ), and Greenfibre Corp. (Charlotte, NC) as well as institutions including the University of Toledo and the Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India.   The installation at Wayne State College is Havens’ first exhibit west of the Mississippi River.  "One of the educational benefits of hosting this outdoor sculpture competition is the direct engagement students have with the work,” reports Steven Elliott, Chair of the Department of Art and Design at WSC. “Since outdoor sculpture is so highly visible, it has the ability to spark curiosity and connect the arts with the campus in a friendly way."

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Sculpture by Leslie Bruning Now Exhibited on Wayne State College Campus

On Thursday April 23, a sculpture entitled "Time Sails" by Omaha sculptor Leslie Bruning was installed in the new Student Center Plaza on the Wayne State College campus. The work, on loan from the sculptor, will be exhibited in the Plaza for one year. Created in 2002 and previously on exhibit at the Market North Sculpture Park in Omaha, "Time Sails" utilizes a recurring theme in Bruning's sculpture of reflecting upon the nature and passage of time. It measures 10 feet high and 6 feet in width.

 

The selection of the work was accomplished by students, faculty, and staff of the College. According to James O'Donnell, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State College, "It is important for any campus to maintain a climate that celebrates creative achievement, and I am delighted that our history includes doing this on many levels through annual performances of all types, a full annual schedule of exhibitions in our Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery, and a diverse permanent collection of art works that are owned by the College and by the WSC Foundation. Part of this climate on many campuses also includes outdoor exhibitions that are installed on loan for periods of time, and I think the "Time Sails" piece by Bruning is an ideal work for this type of exhibit in the new Plaza at Wayne State."

 

Leslie Bruning was born in Syracuse, Kansas and raised in Wisner, Nebraska. After studying at Graz Center in Austria, he graduated with BA degree in Art from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 1970 he was awarded an MFA degree in Sculpture from Syracuse University. He is currently Chair of the Art Area of Bellevue University ( Bellevue, NE) and a founding member of the Market North Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha.

 

Bruning received his first sculpture commission in 1969 at the County-City Building, Lincoln, NE and has completed over 30 commissions since that time. He has produced the Governor's Art Award for the State of Nebraska, has received numerous awards, and his works are included in many public and private collections including the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. Bruning has participated in over 100 Juried and Invitational Shows throughout United States. In 1998 and 1999 he participated in the Pier Walk Sculpture Exhibition on Chicago's Navy Pier. "Having spent most of my life on college campuses, both as a student and as a professor," Bruning states, "I find the campus to be the ideal setting for most of my sculpture. I am pleased to have a piece on the Wayne State College campus since it is near an area where I spent my youth."

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John Hachmeister Sculpture Now on Exhibit at Wayne State College

A work from the “Jupiter’s Trees” series of sculptures by John Hachmeister was recently installed for exhibit at Wayne State College. The work, on loan from the sculptor, is located among the pine trees found west of the Peterson Fine Arts Building on the WSC campus, and will remain on the campus until September 2006.

 

John Hachmeister received a B.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Kansas, and M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Kansas State University. His work has been shown in over 100 venues nationwide, including the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri; the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana; the Galeria Mesa in Mesa, Arizona; the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kansas; a mid career retrospective at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and a liquid steel performance piece at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.

 

Just over 16 feet tall, the “Jupiter’s Trees” work is designed for outdoor exhibit. The work is made of wood with an exterior skin of tar-like encaustic, and an interior light system powered by a solar cell that creates an interior glow that illuminates silhouettes of human figures when viewed at night. While visiting Wayne State College for the work’s installation, Hachmeister also provided a workshop on public art and a public presentation of slides of his other works. The selection of the work to be installed was accomplished by Wayne State College students, faculty, and staff.

 

Hachmeister has presented numerous lectures on his own work and on grassroots environmental art sites. Hachmeister co-authored the book, “Backyard Visionaries, Grassroots Art in the Mid-West,” and has worked for over a decade to preserve "The Garden of Eden" in Lucas, Kansas, which an art site that has been described as one of the top ten most important in the world. He has served on panels at both the College Art Association and the International Iron Art Casting Conferences, has conducted workshops in metal casting and patination, and has designed and operated both commercial and academic foundries. For more information about the exhibit please phone the School of Arts and Humanities at 375-7394.

 

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April 22

WSC Symphonic Band

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Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

 

April 23

WSC Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles

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7:30 p.m.

 

April 24

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Ley Theatre,

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Nordstrand Visual Arts

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