Like an exotic flower that blooms overnight, a new sculpture has recently appeared in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden. Mobius and Borromean Rings was designed and created in steel by marketing major and studio art minor Paget Kern. Kern, who has taken sculpture courses for her art minor and makes jewelry at home, designed the work in a collaborative project with students in the departments of Math and Art and Art History. She linked two complex mathematical ideas together in a massive sculptural example. Kern explained that the design is “a triple Möbius strip tied together in a Borromean knot.”
Kern's monumental sculpture joins a bouquet that includes work by nationally known sculptors, art faculty and former sculpture students.
At the center of the garden is Craig Wedderspoon, "Quilted Vessel," 2013, cast and welded aluminum.
"Montgomery Marker" by Craig Wedderspoon, in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden, UA campus
Lindsay Jones Lindsey, "Fibonacci Spiral" installed in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden, 2014.
Billy Lee, Homage to Brancusi, 1993, 138 x 28.5 x 12.5 inches; painted steel.
Joe McCreary, "Goldie 1971," 2009, iron and steel; approx. 23 ft., in 2018, in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden.
Read more about the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden and UA's public sculpture.
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Towering steel flowers, a massive mathematical loop-de-loop, larger-than-life baseball players and renown university presidents are just a few of the projects, supervised by Professor of Art Craig Wedderspoon, that have been created in the giant work bays at UA's art foundry. From Tuscaloosa to Gadsden, sculptures from the foundry find homes around the state.
It takes skill and determination, caution and daring to see complex design projects grow from drawings and models to finished public sculptures. Wedderspoon and his team – foundry specialists Eric Nubbe, Joe McCreary and Ringo Lisko, with senior arts technicians Patrick O'Sullivan and Mike Eddins – work with strict safety standards and an inventiveness that keep all the machinery running smoothly behind those gigantic sliding garage doors on Margaret Drive.
Now, a monumental new sculpture, cast in the foundry, is ready to become part of the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden. Mobius and Borromean Rings is designed and created by marketing major and studio art minor Paget Kern. Kern, who has taken sculpture courses for her art minor and makes jewelry at home, designed the work in a collaborative project with students in the departments of Math and Art and Art History. She linked two complex mathematical ideas together in a massive sculptural example. Kern explained that the design is “a triple Möbius strip tied together in a Borromean knot.” We’ve all seen the three inter-linked rings of a Borromean ring or knot. A Möbius strip can be made by twisting a strip of paper and adhering the ends together to create a continuous circle that is “unorientable.” If you walked along a center line on the loop, you would go around the Möbius strip twice before coming back to its starting point. The long and the short of it is that you’ll have to go see the sculpture for yourself when the giant twisted loops of welded steel sculpture are installed in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden this summer.
Up north in Gadsden, alumnus and staff member Eric Nubbe's public sculpture, commissioned by Walnut Gallery on behalf of the Gadsden Public Library, has been installed in the green space in front of the library. Just in Time is 7 feet high, 5 feet wide, 7 feet long and made of steel. Nubbe is working on a second sculptural project for the City of Florence’s bicentennial celebration to be fabricated in the foundry: a 20-foot steel musician overlooking the Tennessee River.
Past projects of the foundry include a statue of past UA president and UA System Chancellor Robert Witt in Presidential Plaza on UA campus; the nine-foot tall statue of Willie Mays in Regions Field; student-designed and -built bicycle racks in Alberta Park and downtown Tuscaloosa; Amaryllis and accompanying park benches by undergrads Lisko and Amber Daum in Monnish Park; and iron benches for Schoolyard Roots (Druid City Garden Project); among others.
The most intensive upcoming projects are related to Tuscaloosa’s and Alabama’s Bicentennial celebrations in 2019. They were competitive commissions awarded to Tuscaloosa artist Caleb O’Connor, Wedderspoon and the foundry. For the state’s commemoration, O’Connor designed sixteen 3-foot by 2-foot high relief bronze panels depicting scenes from Alabama’s history to be cast at the foundry and paired with sixteen interpretive text panels. The entire work is scheduled for unveiling in Montgomery in December of 2019, so mark your calendars!
For more information about the UA Department of Art and Art History and its programs, visit this link: https://art.ua.edu/academics/ or contact the department at (205) 348-5967.
Two UA studio art alumni recently completed a set of innovative bicycle racks, the second of their kind, for the City of Tuscaloosa. The unique, sculptural bike racks, designed by Brandt Deeds (BA 2017) and built by Deeds and Alli Sloan (BA 2015) were installed at the new Alberta Park, next door to The Gateway, Alberta’s Technology and Innovation Center on University Boulevard, during the first week of September 2017. Alberta Park is part of a larger project of rebuilding and improvements in Tuscaloosa along the path of the April 27, 2011, tornado. Both bike racks are part of a plan, supported by the City of Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama and other community organizations to encourage more biking in and around Tuscaloosa.
From the beginning, Deeds and Sloan have been enthusiastic about the design-build project. Professor Craig Wedderspoon, who has been overseeing their work in the UA art foundry, said that they easily worked together because they were on the same page from the start. “Alli and Brandt are both avid bikers so they know what bikers want in bike racks, what adaptations are needed, like the way locks fit or how many bikes can actually fit in a public rack. They each came up with designs on their own and when we met, we realized their ideas were very similar.” Last summer, Alli Sloan designed the bike racks at 4th Street and 23rd Avenue downtown and then she and Deeds built those. This summer, Deeds’ design was built by Sloan and Deeds for Alberta Park.
Like its predecessor in downtown Tuscaloosa, the Alberta Park set’s unusual design is innovative and practical. The designs are similar in size, but each is unique unto itself and quite different from standard bike racks. Sloan described her bike rack design as “an organic, wave-like composition.” The steel pipes in each design curve are undulating circles that echo the shapes of bicycle wheels, creating eye-catching patterns that stand out like sculpture. But those undulations have a practical value, too. Sloan said that the variety of sizes of loops in the rack’s design allows bikers with U-locks to more easily lock up their bicycles. Both bike racks can hold up to sixteen bikes each, as opposed to only seven bikes on the factory-made designs that would have been used.
Each student brings a unique skill set to the project. Originally an engineering student, Brandt Deeds graduated in the summer of 2017 with a BA in studio art, focusing on sculpture, and a minor in mechanical engineering. Alli Sloan double-majored in advertising and studio art with a focus on graphic design in 2015. Both alumni also designed and built steel sculptures for the Nucor Children’s Charity Classic silent auction and took courses in sculpture with Professor Craig Wedderspoon.
For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, go here: https://art.ua.edu/academics/graduate-programs/art-requirements/.
Tuscaloosa -- The giant flowers that have arched above the UA art foundry behind the Bureau of Mines for several weeks will have a new home soon! The steel sculpture was designed and created this summer by two sophomore sculpture students at UA, Ringo Lisko and Amber Daum. It was commissioned by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority (PARA) and The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History as part of the Tuscaloosa Public Art Project and will be installed at Annette M. Shelby Park on 15th Street in Tuscaloosa.
UPDATE! The sculpture Amaryllis has been installed in Monnish Park, on the corner of 15th Street and Hackberry Lane.
Above: Undergraduates Amber Daum’s and Ringo Lisko’s 12-foot tall aluminum and steel "Amaryllis," commissioned by Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority and the Arts & Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa, was installed in Monnish Park today! Thanks to Professor Craig Wedderspoon for the photo. Read more about their public sculpture project here.
Graduate student in sculpture Tobias Layman will present his master of fine arts thesis exhibition, Out of Order, at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in The Arts Council Gallery March 12-30, 2018. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, March 22 from 5-7 pm.
Layman works in kinetic sculpture created from wood, metal and found objects. He writes in his artist statement that his sculptures are something more than the run-of-the-mill machine. They "share experiences and sensations for an audience. The rough and unrefined aesthetic give the machines character and personality. The machines play with found objects in a way to trigger memories for an audience. Without the object the machine is a just a machine, but with the object the machine now has a sentient purpose. The object serves as a way for the machine to better engage with an audience. A conversation is started, centered around the found object. The machine tells a story and, in turn, generates stories from an audience. The machine will tell the same story in the same manner, but the audience will interact with that story and change it in their own way. This is the intent of my kinetic sculptures. They are the means for people to share a common bond and relation with a machine, but also interact and engage with other people."
Tobias Layman is a graduate student in sculpture , with an assistantship teaching courses in Ceramics I, Drawing I and 3D Design. Layman received the BFA, cum laude, in ceramics, from Jacksonville State University in 2014. He presented his MA exhibition, Grinding Away, in February 2017 at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery on UA campus. He has exhibited in national and regional exhibitions including 35 Live: CoCA Member’s Show, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; DAMNED IX, Detroit, MI; A Different Vision, Plymouth, MA; The Big Dance Exhibit, a juried exhibition in Des Moines, IA; and Abstracts Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, where he received an honorable mention. In 2017, he took third place at the KAO International Kinetic Art Competition in Boynton Beach, Florida. Layman has been a studio assistant for the Department of Art at Jacksonville State University, an assistant instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, and an instructor and ceramic technician at Earthworks Pottery Studio in Rome, GA. He is a recipient of the Thames Endowed Scholarship and the Joseph and Allen Sella Endowed Scholarship at UA.
See videos of Tobias Layman's kinetic sculptures here: http://talsculpture.weebly.com/videos.html. A gallery talk he gave during the department’s 2017 Graduate Student Show about his work process is in a video here: https://vimeo.com/240537838.
This exhibition is in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama. For more information on the graduate programs of the UA department of art and art history, visit this link: http://art.ua.edu/academics/graduate-programs/art-requirements/.
The Arts Council Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. with free admission.
The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about the CAC, The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.
APR 7-16 First Friday reception, Moment | Momento: Jamie Reschke BFA Exhibition, Harrison Galleries, 6-9 pm
Harrison Galleries will host an exhibition by University of Alabama BFA major Jamie Reschke, April 7 through April 16 in downtown Tuscaloosa. Moment | Momento opens with a reception on First Friday, April 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
In this exhibition, Reschke intends to capture an ephemeral moment of experience, creating a "momento," the Italian word for "moment," for the future, in her two- and three-dimensional art. "My sculptures are figurative glimpses of vulnerability cast into bronze...I use the figure to capture unseen moments I have experienced and overcome." Art-making also becomes an activity connecting her to others as she incorporates the images of people she meets in her travels into her work, in both painting and sculpture. About working on this exhibition in her last year at UA, Reschke said, "This whole process has taught me a lot about myself, my abilities and the value of the important moments we experience in our lives. Through this body of work, I hope the viewer experiences their own moment with my art."
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jamie Reschke transferred to The University of Alabama from Huntingdon College in the fall of 2015. She is a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2017; her major concentration is painting and her secondary concentration is sculpture. She has participated in numerous regional art exhibitions including Annual West Alabama Juried Shows in Tuscaloosa in 2015 and 2016 and Annual BFA Juried Exhibitions at UA in 2015 and 2016. She curated the exhibition, Intimacy: Enrico Berni, at the Ganzo Cultural and Gastronomic Association at Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy; and co-curated the UA student sculpture exhibition, QUICKTURNAROUND, at the UA Gallery in Tuscaloosa. Reschke has had internships at the Florence University of the Arts (Florence, Italy) and the Montgomery (Ala.) Museum of Fine Arts. She was awarded the Ann D. Lary Scholarship, the Windgate Charitable Foundation Endowed Studio Arts Scholarship. She received the David Larson Student Award at the 49th Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition. After graduation, Reschke hopes to earn a master's degree in art history and continue in museum studies.
Harrison Galleries is located at 2315 University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa and is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5:00 pm, and by appointment. Please call (205) 464-0054 to check for updates to the exhibition schedule.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the professional degree for the artist; it is also the foundation for the masters program in studio art at UA. For more information about the BFA degree and our other degree programs in the UA Department of Art and Art History, go to http://art.ua.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/babfa-in-studio-art/ or contact the department at (205) 348-5967.
[This press release has been updated.] The Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series presents woodworker and jewelry maker Kimberly Winkle for demonstrations and an artist talk at UA this month. Thursday, February 23, 9 am-noon, Winkle will give a wood shop demonstration in Woods Hall 104. On Thursday afternoon, attendees are invited to meet the artist, 3-5 pm, in the Birmingham and Central Bank rooms at the Bryant Conference Center. On Friday, February 24, 1-3 pm, she will give an artist talk on "What It Takes to Be an Artist" in Woods Hall 115. And on Saturday February 25, 10-11:30 am, she will give a milk paint demonstration and discussion in David Paterson's wood shop.
Kimberly Winkle is Associate Professor of Art at Tennessee Technological University. She received the BFA in ceramics from the University of Oklahoma and the MFA in furniture design from San Diego State University. Winkle has taught at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, John C. Campbell Folk School and the Appalachian Center for Craft. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including SOFA Chicago, Wanted Design NYC and the Architectural Digest Home Show. Her work has been included in a number of publications, including Fine Woodworking, Woodworker, and Woodworker West magazines and the books 500 Tables, 500 Chairs, Fine Woodworking Design Book 8, among others. Winkle has completed several artist residencies, including the International Turning Exchange (I.T.E.) at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, the Windgate Artist Residency at State University New York (SUNY) Purchase, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She has been awarded 4 Niche awards, a State of Tennessee Individual Artist Award in 2011 and the Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston) John D. Mineck furniture fellowship in 2014. Winkle's website is here.
Schedule of Events
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
9 a.m.-12 noon. Wood Shop Demo, Woods Hall 104 (corrected time and location)
3-5 p.m. Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet with Focus on Jewelry, Bryant Conference Center, Birmingham and Central Bank rooms
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
1-3 p.m. Artist Talk “What It Takes to Be an Artist”
Woods Hall 115
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
10-11:30 a.m. Milk Paint Demo and Discussion,
David Paterson’s wood shop
The Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist Committee, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama.
Contact: Professor Craig Wedderspoon: email@example.com or (205) 348-1898.
UA graduate and undergraduate students in sculpture will display their work in an exhibition titled QUICKTURNAROUND at The University of Alabama Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, February 1-28, 2017. The public is invited to a First Friday reception, February 3, 5-8 pm in the gallery at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa.
Recent art works by Amber Rae Daum, Brandt Deeds, Megan Fletcher, Jenn Gault, Nick Jackson, Paget Kern, Lisa Meister, Erin Mosley, Tobias Layman, Ringo Lisko, Richard Oliver Reed, Jamie Reschke, Amy Smoot, Ryan Snowden, Madison Sullivan - all current students of sculpture professor Craig Wedderspoon - will be featured in the gallery.
The exhibition is supported by the UA Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. The UA Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and closed Saturday and Sunday and open for Tuscaloosa First Friday noon-8 pm.
For more information about the programs in art and art history at UA, go to https://art.ua.edu/academics/.