20th Annual Outdoor Sculpture exhibition
We invite you to enjoy the 20th Annual Washburn University Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. The show features a variety of artistic expressions and demonstrates the university's continued commitment to the aesthetic and cultural enhancement of its campus.
In addition to the five sculptures on the Washburn University main campus, two works also are featured at the Washburn Institute of Technology campus, 5724 S.W. Huntoon St.
By clicking each of the artwork titles below, you can learn more about each piece from the artist's statement. Click on an image to view an enlarged version. The number on each image corresponds to the maps, which appear on the left side of this page and are printable for your convenience.
Statement from juror
One of the rewards for being a juror is having the opportunity to see a vast array of art from various parts of the country. This year’s applicant pool offered a lively assembly of sculptures from all over the US, and surprisingly, two international artist was represented. In reviewing the images, I was struck by the wide variety of mediums, and the diverse, captivating, challenging, and provocative assortment of artistic viewpoints. I enjoyed the originality of the works submitted for this exhibition, and appreciated the artists ability to experiment with a variety of styles and technical executions. All were captivating, and thus it made my job of choosing works for this exhibition especially challenging.
In choosing sculptures for an outdoor exhibition at Washburn University I considered a coherence of forms and looked for engaging content. The works chosen offered an insight into a variety of creative approaches. Lastly, parts of this exhibition offer something that is sorely needed in our society at a time when today’s news is filled with depression and negativity; it offers a lyrical, exuberant, humorous, and enlivening celebration of the creative process at its best.
I have enjoyed reviewing the body of works submitted for consideration in this exhibition. I also congratulate the artists whose works will adorn the campus of Washburn University over the next year. As you stroll through campus, consider the rich creative testimony of the artists and the stories they tell.
Carol Emert, Retired Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University
Campus Beautification Committee
The Campus Beautification Committee organizes the annual exhibition. Committee members are: Jim Bass, Topeka, Jeanne Bertelson, Topeka, Yoshi Gerner, Topeka, Jamie Hancock, Topeka, Greg Inkmann, Topeka, Roberta Krull, Berryton, Janet Martinek, Silver Lake, Rosemary Menninger, Topeka, Carroll Morgenson, Berryton, Jere Noe, Topeka, Larry D. Peters, Topeka and C. Valerie Smith, Topeka
Ex-officio members: Rich Connell, Patrick Early, Connie Gibbons, Michael Hager, Rugena Hall, secretary, Dalton Hane, Cynthia Hornberger, Mike Jauken, Eric Moss, Denise Ottinger and Genita Smith.
Please direct any questions about the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition to Patrick Early, director, university relations.
1. Rhythm of Being
Rhythm of Being
Regine Neumann, Sherbrooke, Canada
“‘Rhythm of Being’ aims to provide an aesthetic experience in which the participant finds him or herself not only thinking but also feeling and relating. With both an internal and external form that consists in an uninterrupted interplay of fluid planes and lines, the sculpture suggests the existence of a fourth or fifth dimension.”
Neumann was born in Germany and her sculptural objects focus on open form and movement and are based on a dialogical relationship between the artist and the material.
Ana Lazousky, Kadima, Israel
“I love the sea, watching it, sailing and bathing, and for my whole life I’ve been intrigued by the infinite forms and rhythms of the waves. The sea with its waves is a metaphor of life itself, with its cycles, its never ending movement, always renewing itself. I took the sculpting of my bronze waves series as a big challenge, trying to catch the ephemeral movement of the wave curling up and falling, trying to portrait water and foam.
“This piece is made of painted fiberglass and aluminum. The foam is made of cast aluminum, because I couldn’t achieve the ‘foamy’ effect in fiberglass, and aluminum can be cast and painted. This is the reason of the blending of these two materials, and the challenge was fitting them together without showing the seam. This was done by an inner steel structure, which keeps the aluminum in place.”
3. Anyway The Wind Blows
Anyway the Wind Blows
Daniel Hunt, Wamego, Kansas
“Fascinated with westward expansion history and mobility of the 1800’s. I was drawn to the construction of wagons, specifically the wheels, seeing them as a metaphor for potential. ‘Anyway The Wind Blows’ was built as an attempt to understand place; questioning my daily contribution and what I will leave behind.”
Hunt’s work is housed in private collections, has been publicly commissioned and exhibited widely in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Tim Cassidy, New York Mills, Minnesota
“‘Dimetromorph’ is an abstract steel sculpture with claws, a turtle-like shell and back fin. This sculpture creates a dialogue between contemporary sea creatures and extinct dinosaur reptiles. It is mostly symmetrical in composition with a strong linear quality. I especially enjoy how this piece changes as I walk around and see it from different angles.”
Cassidy is a visual artist who creates outdoor public sculptures influenced by steel’s industrial and historical usage. He likes to invoke a sense of wonder and start conversation about how steel is part of our collective history. “I often get ideas and inspiration from recovered steel and I enjoy dismantling metal objects to use some of their parts to create my abstract sculptures.”
5. Native Spirit
Timothy Mispagel, Olathe, Kansas
“My intent with ‘Native Spirit’ is to portray an individual looking optimistically into the future.” Mispegel was inspired to create the sculpture out of thousands of welded steel rings after viewing the intense beadwork contained in the in the Plains Indians Artists of Earth and Sky exhibit at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mispagel was born and raised in Denver, Colorado to a family of artisans, engineers and educators. He works in a wide range of media. “I’m committed to my art being more than just an object or personal narrative, but a reflection of a larger culture that surrounds me.”
Benjamin Pierce, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
“I have used brick as an element, expressing my family heritage. I am the son of a third generation stone mason. Using skills that I developed in various trades (including working beside my father), and refined while pursuing my bachelor of fine arts degree, I want to display proudly this part of my family heritage. The use of brick is more than a design element.
“My work has been a reflection of an internal search to discover who I am and how I fit into the world as I attempt the utilization of geometric design and nonrepresentational shapes. How do you communicate a feeling or memory? This is a question I try to answer visually.”
7. Faith’s Flight
Rollin Karg, Kechi, Kansas
“‘Faith’s Flight’ is a beautiful display of hand blown dichroic glass that sparkles in the sunlight and stainless steel ribbons that represent the blowing wind. Each piece is carefully placed and lifted to the sky on a polished stainless steel column.
“My art invites the viewer to discover a new relationship with glass and metal, by challenging people to take the experience of viewing my work and make new associations with glass and metal. Seeing its durability and strength brings new light to possibilities. Cityscapes and landscapes remind us all of the natural beauty that nature provides and the beauty created from builders and architects.”