WMU News

Alumni invited to create centennial sculpture

April 24, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- All WMU alumni professionally engaged in the creation of large-scale sculptures are invited to submit proposals for an outdoor sculpture to commemorate the University's 100th anniversary. The winning sculpture will become part of the University's permanent art collection.

A commission of up to $20,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant to pay for fabrication of the work, artist fees and delivery to the campus. Initial applications are due by May 1 and must include: a letter of application, a resume, slides of appropriate works completed during the past 10 years, and a description of an existing or proposed work for the centennial sculpture.

Three art professionals will screen all applications and select up to four finalists. Each finalist will receive a $1,000 honorarium to produce a scale model of their proposed work and written description of materials and construction. Jurors for the preliminary screening are Don Desmet, chief curator of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; internationally acclaimed sculptor Robert Stackhouse; and Carol Harrison, sculptor and formerly head of the WMU sculpture program.

Materials from the finalists are due by Sept. 1. A campus committee composed of members of the art department and representatives of the centennial celebration committee will make the final award, which will be announced in November. The winning sculpture will be dedicated on campus during homecoming weekend October 2003.

For more information, interested alumni artists may contact Phil VanderWeg, chair of the Department of Art, at 269 387-2438 or <phillip.vanderweg@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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