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‘Nature of Public Art’ symposium set for Tuesday

Friday, September 05, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC – Wofford College will present a symposium, “The Nature of Public Art,” on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, in conjunction with the “Tribute to Trees” sculpture exhibition that runs through Oct. 26.

The symposium, to be held at 7 p.m. in the Olin Teaching Theater in the Franklin W. Olin Building on Wofford’s campus, will explore varying aspects of art, especially sculpture, created for public spaces.

Dr. Peter Schmunk of Wofford will treat the subject from an historical perspective, with particular emphasis on recent trends and the role of sculpture in autocratic vs. democratic societies; he also will discuss recent trends in public sculpture. Jane Nodine of the University of South Carolina Spartanburg will speak as a curator of a modern sculpture collection on that campus. Mayo Mac Boggs of Converse College will speak as a practicing sculptor, describing personal influences and the contributions of some noted contemporary sculptors, including their techniques and the origins of their imagery.

A reception will follow in the Papadopoulos Building.

Nodine and Boggs were among nine sculptors who created works as part of the “Tribute to Trees” exhibition. The works all incorporate parts of trees lost on the Wofford College campus during the ice storm of December 2003. The exhibition is on display on Wofford’s central lawn area, where the storm losses were concentrated. An accompanying interior exhibition of photographs chronicling the ice storm and the sculpture creations and installations, along with designs leading to the final sculptures, is being held simultaneously in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery.

The other sculptors are Amy Goldstein Rice, Kipp McIntyre, Ralph Paquin, Anne Stoddard, Lalage Warrington, Winston Wingo and David Zacharias (Converse College). The interior exhibition includes photographs by Mark Olencki of the storm’s aftermath and the progression of some of the artwork.