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Outdoor sculptures, permanent art collection exhibits highlight President Julie E. Wollman’s inauguration

Edinboro University’s Art Enhancement/Sustainability Initiative

10/25/2012

Twelve new outdoor sculptures and exhibits of Edinboro University’s permanent art collections – including John James Audubon prints – will highlight President Julie E. Wollman’s November 9 inauguration.

Honoring the University’s 17th president this way showcases Edinboro’s historical identity as the primary art institution among the 14 state-owned universities and launches a new commitment – the Art Enhancement and Sustainability Initiative – to display student and faculty art.

“We know that Dr. Wollman grew up with art and cares deeply about art,” said Professor Michelle Vitali, who leads the Inauguration Art Committee. “Honoring her inauguration this way showcases the strength of our Art Department and what we do both on and off campus.”

President Wollman will be inaugurated at the conclusion of a week of special events, including community outreach to help schoolchildren, panel discussions, lectures and the College Bowl Academic Tournament. The theme of the inauguration is “Excellence. Optimism. Leadership.” 

New sculptures throughout campus

The 12 new sculptures will complement the existing outdoor pieces designed by Edinboro faculty members, Professor D.W. Martin said.

Five were created by faculty members Martin and Dietrich Wegner. The others were created by invited sculptors Ken Thompson, Tim Kaulen and Ron Bayuzick. One of Martin’s works on display, “Power Surge,” recently won the grand prize in the Artpark sculpture competition in Lewiston, N.Y.

“I wanted the new pieces to work well with the existing pieces as well as to welcome a new visual vocabulary to the campus,” Martin said. He envisions the sculptures will be rotated annually, with the exception of a permanent sculpture garden at the Council of Trustees Plaza, which will be dedicated Inauguration Week.

A map of the sculptures’ locations and guide describing each piece will soon be available.

Permanent art collections

Also highlighting Dr. Wollman’s inauguration and continuing beyond it will be displays of pieces from the University’s two very different permanent collections on all seven floors of the Baron-Forness Library.

  • The University’s 400 Audubon prints will be rotated, 12 at a time, on display near the library’s elevators for easy accessibility and viewing.
  • Works in the University’s permanent collection by faculty and alumni will be displayed in the Library’s well-lighted atrium.
  • Sixteen presidential portraits will be relocated from Van Houten Hall to the library’s seventh-floor Theo Sabin Meyer Reading Room.

“This is a historical collection that should become part of the University’s archives – the portraits reflect the historic leadership of the University over the years,” Vitali said of the presidential portraits by retired Edinboro Art Professor James McMurray.

McMurray’s 17th presidential painting, of Dr. Wollman, is now in progress.

Panel discussion; celebration of art/music

A centerpiece of Inauguration Week’s focus on art is a panel discussion, “The Interrelationship of Art and Culture,” on November 8 at 4 p.m. in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center’s Recital Hall. The panel will feature President Wollman’s parents, Dr. Harry and Anne C. Wollman of Woodstock, Vermont, as well as Kurt Sundstrom, curator of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H. In 2010, the Anne C. and Harry Wollman personal collection of 20th century art was featured in a special exhibit at the Currier Museum.

Following the discussion, “A Celebration of Art & Music,” a musical reception and exhibition that includes highlights from Edinboro’s permanent collection, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Baron-Forness Library.

For a complete listing of inauguration events, please go to www.Edinboro.edu/inauguration.

 

(Note to news directors, assigning, photo and video editors: Coverage of the art initiative and other Inauguration Week events is encouraged. Interviews with Professors Vitali and Martin and sculpture maps will be made available through University Communications.)