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Delta State University announces 2009-2011 Sculpture Garden competition entries

By September 10, 2009General

 “Pam Remembered” was created by Glenn Zweygardt in memory of Pam Mathews


The Delta State University Sculpture Garden, located on the north side of the Bologna Performing Arts Center, has ten new sculptures, recently installed. The new sculptures are entries for the 2009-2011 competition.

Each of the 10 new sculptures was created by individual artists. Roger Halligan, of Chattanooga, Tenn., created “Safety First-Land Buoy” with steel, concrete, pigments and Penetral. Gary Mitchell, of St. Louis, Mo., fashioned “Lonesome Old River” from formed aluminum. Dan Johnson, of Alto Pass, Ill., sculpted “Triolisk” from earth cast colored concrete. Stephen Janesko, of Tonganoxie, Kan., created “Zig Zag” from stainless steel with a metal base. Wayne Trapp, of Vilas, N.C., made “Presents from Heaven” from weathered steel and gold leaf. Hanna Jubran, of Grimesland, N.C., fashioned “Earth, Water, Fire, Wind” from steel. Durant Thompson, of University, Miss., sculpted “Oracle” using steel, wood and cast iron. Glenn Zweygardt, of Alfred Station, N.Y., fashioned “Homage to Growth” with granite, marble, cast bronze and powder-coated steel. Carl Billingsley, of Ayden, N.C., fashioned “Prism Arc K” from painted steel. Davis Whitfield, of Mountain City, Tenn., formed “The Dance” using weathered steel.
The sculptures will be on exhibit until August 2011, at which time at least one of the sculptures will receive the purchase award and will remain at Delta State as a part of the Hazel and Jimmy Sanders Sculpture Garden Permanent Collection. The competition is made possible by the generous endowment from the Hazel and Jimmy Sanders Family.
Three of the sculptures from the 2007-2009 competition will remain on the Delta State campus. “Ocular Device” by Carl Billingsley, of Ayden, N.C., was purchased and relocated to the west lawn of the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. Another purchased sculpture “Bali Ho” by Dan Johnson, of Alto Pass, Ill., will be installed on the west side of Holcombe-Norwood Annex. The sculpture “Lazarus and the Rich Man” was donated by the artist, Aaron Lee Benson of Jackson, Tenn., and moved to the south side of Jobe Hall.  Ron and Catherine Koehler donated Bali Ho to the permanent collection.  Also, Glenn Zweygardt was commissioned to create “Pam Remembered” and it was installed in 2008.
“The many who contribute to the Sculpture Garden can be very proud of the lasting legacy they are giving to Delta State University.  The face of the campus is gradually coming alive with wonderful, high quality works.  As the numbers of sculptures grow over the next decades, Delta State will be distinguished as the only university in Mississippi to have its campus filled with an outdoor art collection that the public can enjoy.  We are indeed privileged to help fulfill the dream and vision of the late Pam Mathews,” said Nan Sanders, on behalf of the Sanders Family. Ron Koehler, chair of the Art Department, said, “The sculpture garden is a great outdoor sculpture lab for the students. It has been a good experience meeting of the sculptors and learning about techniques used to create the individual works.