Annual exhibition

Welcome to the 18th annual Washburn University Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. This 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 University campus, two works also are featured at the Washburn Institute of Technology campus, 5724 S.W. Huntoon St.

In association with the Washburn Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, two works also may be viewed at the North Topeka Arts District though July 2014. For more information on those sculptures and directions to NOTO, go to notoartsdistrict.com.

Statement from juror

In selecting the works for inclusion in the 18th annual Washburn Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, my primary concern was to seek sculptures resonant with well-formed ideas that also are well-crafted works of art.

Of significance, two of the works selected are commanding both in scale and in presence, each inviting the viewer to contemplate the spatial environment as well as the iconic references within. James K. Johnson's muscular work "The Seeker" evokes ancient cultures in its complex formal transformations, while Andrew P. Matt's elegant steel assemblage "Sonic" is innovative in its articulation of space and exploration of sound in the larger understanding and interpretation of the sculptural experience.

Upon completion of the blind jury process, I was gratified to learn that the works selected were produced by artists living and working in Florida, New Mexico, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska and thereby represented geographic diversity in outdoor sculpture beyond a regional scope.

As a working sculptor and educator, my desire would be to cultivate in the viewer, through the experience of this outdoor sculpture exhibition, a richer and more meaningful appreciation for the artists' hands ... the impact of the materials and form in space ... the manifestation of ideas in visual and tactile form.

Jon Keith SwindellSculptor and professor of visual art, University of Kansas

Campus Beautification Committee

The Campus Beautification Committee organizes the annual exhibition. Current 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:Dena Anson,Connie Gibbons, Michael Hager, Rugena Hall, secretary, Cynthia Hornberger, Mike Jauken, Shelbie Konkel, Denise Ottinger, Genita Smith and Glenda Taylor.


Please direct any questions about the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition to Dena Anson, director, university relations.