LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY ART DEPARTMENT

 

 

BROCK COMMONS
OUTDOOR SCULPTURE PROGRAM

 

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is proud to present an outdoor sculpture program for the Longwood University campus. Every spring, graduating art students select three pieces for exhibition on the main academic lawn, the Brock Commons. Each sculpture remains on display for two years. None of the works are permanent or purchased by the University, assuring a variety of form, style, and content. Basically, if you don’t like it—just wait and a new one will soon take its place!

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2011-2012 Installations


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Walls Adam (Laurinburg, North Carolina)
Self Portrait
Steel
Installed Fall 2012

As part of the Brock Commons Outdoor Sculpture program, a brightly-colored steel sculpture joined the Longwood University campus.

Walls lives in Laurinburg, North Carolina and specializes in a variety of ceramics, wood working, and steel fabricated sculptures. He says, “My concepts are usually derived from some memory that was stirred by the shape of some found object, or from some memento that I have held on to since childhood”.  Walls currently teaches at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where his teaching philosophy encourages students to find their own voice and to make use of a variety of materials.

Selected by graduating Longwood University art students, sculptures that appear as part of the Brock Commons Outdoor Sculpture Program remain on campus for two years. The rotating display of art showcases a variety of styles, materials, and artists.  The program is sponsored by the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, and Longwood University’s Department of Theatre, Art, and Graphic Design, Office of Capital Planning and Construction, and the Office of Facilities Management. 


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Matt Evald Johnson (Easthampton, MA)
David (2010)
forged and fabricated reclaimed steel, 150 x 54 x 52 inches
Lecture: 1 April 2012

A giant, playful robot fashioned out of recycled materials will soon create a commanding presence on the Longwood University campus.  Titled David, the sculpture will be installed near Greenwood Library on Monday, April 2. Later that evening, artist Matt Evald Johnson will offer a free, public lecture at Chichester Science Center in Room G12 at 6 p.m. 

About the Artist: Johnson works out of his studio in Massachusetts and specializes in creating sculptures by welding together items such as pipes, chains, and automobile parts. Standing more than twelve feet tall, David is made of forged and fabricated reclaimed steel. Since 1991, Johnson’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. He studied at the University of Houston and at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Robert Winkler (Ashville, NC)
Furthermore (2012)
cedar, steel, and polyurethane
77 x 84 x 96 inches

Lecture: 25 January 2012

Blending the architectural and the artistic, award-winning sculptor Robert Winkler came to Longwood on January 25 to unveil a new work and offer a lecture about his art.  About his work Winkler notes, “Since the 1990s, I have been manipulating volume, mass and balance to create a sense of movement.” Critics have admired his “graceful, gravity-defying forms that reach in unexpected directions,” and they observe that “the warmth of the material challenges the architectural rigor of the construction.”

About the Artist: Working out of his studio in Ashville, North Carolina, Winker has exhibited his sculptures in seven solo shows in New York and North Carolina, and his works have won prizes in competitions such as the Salisbury Sculpture Show (NC).   He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio State University, the Art Institute of Boston, and the School of Visual Arts, New York.

 

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Other artists currently exhibiting on Brock Commons

Anthony Cervino(Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
Paul Howe (Greensboro, NC)
Billy Lee (Greensboro, NC)
Lucy Slivinski (Chicago, IL)
Sam Spiczka (Sauk Rapids, MN)
Wayne Trapp (Vilas, NC)


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Anthony Cervino
(Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
Lesson One (2011)
steel, cast concrete and paint, 10’ x 4’ x 6’
Lecture: Wednesday 6 April 2011, 6 p.m., Hiner 207
This installation was funded through a Longwood Parents Council grant. For more information about grants, contact firstyear at longwood.edu.


About the Artist: After a false start studying poultry science, Anthony Cervino returned to school as an art major. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from Towson University, both in sculpture. He has worked in museums in Baltimore and Washington, DC and is now Assistant Professor of Art at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. His work has been exhibited at many national venues including The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, The Duke University Museum of Art, The Gallery at Flashpoint in Washington, D.C. and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia among others. He has created a new sculpture for Longwood’s campus, an installation of found, manipulated, and fabricated objects that he calls “equal parts authentic and artifice … that blurs the line between personal memory and … a larger collective social experience.”


Paul Howe (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Spurl (2010)
steel and concrete, 10 x 4.5 x 4.75 feet

Lecture: Wednesday 9 March 2011, 6 p.m., Bedford Hall Auditorium

Artist Statement: “It’s not as if I think steel and concrete will ever actually assemble itself into a living organism, but steel and concrete, so present, so essential in our built environment … does have a certain life of its own.”

About the Artist: Paul Howe is currently pursuing his MFA at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh in New York. For the past three summers he worked as a staff member at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, where in 2008 he also installed an untitled work. He has shown works in several outdoor public exhibitions in the past six years, including the HarborArts Outdoor Exhibition in Boston, MA.

 

Billy Lee (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Table (1995)
Painted Steel, 5 x 5 x 5 feet
Lecture: Thursday, November 4, 6 p.m., Hiner Hall Auditorium


About the Artist: An international award-winner, Billy Lee has installed sculptures in permanent collections from Michigan to Texas. He’s also represented in public collections in Chile, China, Hungary, Japan, and a host of other nations. Lee serves as Professor of Art at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Describing his work, Lee said, “I am interested in a sculptural vocabulary, what I would term as visual poetry.”


Sam Spiczka (Sauk Rapids, MN)
Hephaestus Fallen, 2005
COR-TEN steel, stainless steel, and wood, 3.25’ x 7’ x 5’

Inspired by natural bone forms, rural technology, and geometric structure, Sam Spiczka has produced an unsettling body of work that is both modern and intensely primal, public yet deeply personal. Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Spiczka became captivated by metal early on through the experience of working at his family’s welding shop. Though he briefly studied art and philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, his true education has come from nature, the example of past sculptors, and the craftsmanship of his father.  

About the Artist:
Sam Spiczka's award-winning sculptures have been exhibited nationally – including at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Rochester Art Center, and Franconia Sculpture Park – and can be found in many public and private collections.  In 2008, Spiczka was profiled in the magazine Art in America :  “A very young sculptor – Spiczka is barely 30 – has become a bolder and more richly expressive artist.  His best work is still ahead.”

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Lucy Slivinski (Chicago, IL)
Grace, 2006

steel with automobile taillights
Installed Spring 2006

Lucy Slivinski worked tirelessly on site at Longwood for nearly two weeks to create her latest sculpture, Grace. The large-scale tree form constructed from steel and automobile taillights is located between Jarman and the new science building.

Well known nationally for her sculptures that combine recycled elements to create naturalistic forms, Slivinski used salvaged angle iron frames welded together to form a “tree trunk” for Grace. She completed the tree form with limbs made of a woven wire mesh constructed by weaving and welding steel 3/8”-1/4” wire and salvaged automobile taillights. During the course of the day the ever-changing natural light illuminates the translucent red taillights, giving the piece color and intensity. Slivinski intends for the work to inspire a dialogue amongst the campus community about “nature verses industry.” Slivinski states, “The contrast produced by using discarded industrial materials in an organic form such as a tree conjures many questions. Does nature support industry? Does industry support nature?”

Margaret Hawkins, an art critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote about Slivinski, “The potential beauty of junk has become an axiom in art, and its worth is doubled when we add in the value of recycling. Lucy Slivinski is one of these artists who uses industrial material, at least some of which has been thrown away, to create objects which appear oddly natural. . . . She means to draw a parallel between the choppy progress of our society and its more graceful counterpart in nature. While an insect leaves behind a beautifully fitted shell that soon turns to dust, factories throw off heaps of rusty metal. Slivinski finds her industrial materials lovely, though, and through her eyes so can we.”

Lucy Slivinski received her master of fine arts degree in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) and her bachelor of fine arts from Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, Illinois). Her work has been exhibited at Navy Pier, Grant Park, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum in Chicago as well as at Albion College (Michigan), Beloit College (Wisconsin), San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Illinois State Museum, among many others. She is represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery (New York, New York).

Wayne Trapp (Vilas, North Carolina)
Back from Kyoto: A Visual Haiku (2010)
COR-TEN Steel, 6 x 10 x 16 feet

Lecture: Wednesday October 27, 6 p.m., Bedford Hall Auditorium

Modeled after the Japanese character for “exhilaration", the piece is inspired by Trapp’s study of calligraphy during his time in Japan.

About the Artist: Sculptor Wayne Trapp works in stone and steel, creating outdoor pieces for corporations and private clients. Based in North Carolina, he is known for his commissioned works throughout the United States, as well as Puerto Rico, Germany and England.

Pictured (left to right): Davis Whitfield and Artist Wayne Trapp in front of Back from Kyoto: A Visual Haiku.

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Brock Commons Outdoor Sculpture Program

Established in 2004, Longwood University’s Brock Commons Outdoor Sculpture Program has prominently placed on campus a variety of sculpture by nationally known artists. The sculpture program’s purpose is to bring to campus contemporary art and artists to foster intellectual discourse and illuminate the creative process, and to provide an aesthetic environment in which the visual arts can be appreciated on a daily basis. Each year, three artists will complete a residency during which they will install their work with students and present collateral lectures for the campus.

Graduating art students select the works based on the artistic merit of the project, evidence of the artist’s experience with producing large public outdoor work, ability of the works to inspire meaningful intellectual discourse, and the appropriateness of the project for the Longwood community.

The Brock Commons Sculpture Program is made possible by the Longwood University Art Department, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Office of Facilities Management. Special funding for the 2010-11 exhibition season was made possible by Longwood University Parents’ Council.  

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