KCC installs 10 outdoor sculptures on campus in Battle Creek

A collage of the 10 new outdoor sculptures installed on KCC's North Avenue campus over the Summer 2018 semester.

Kellogg Community College installed 10 new sculptures on the College’s North Avenue campus this summer courtesy of the KCC Foundation’s Art on Campus Initiative.

The employee Art on Campus Initiative, which exists to provide art experiences on KCC’s campuses, put out a call for sculpture submissions in January and selected the final sculptures from the submissions of 16 artists, who submitted up to five works each.

Selected artists were awarded a $750 stipend for general project expenses, and their sculptures will be displayed on campus for 24 months, until June 2020.

Sculptures installed this summer include:

  • “Teapot 52,” by Scott Garrard, installed June 6 outside the entrance to the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center. The painted steel work is 7 feet tall, 6 feet wide and 2 feet deep.
  • “Greetings Pilgrim, Your Search Is at an End,” by Doug DeLind, installed June 12 outside the southeast entrance to the Lane-Thomas Building. The bronze work is 7.5 feet tall, 6 inches wide and 1 inch thick.
  • “Love Above Ground,” by Molly Diana, installed June 19 outside the entrance to the Roll Health and Administration Building. The work consists of painted acrylic panels, approximately 8 feet tall at the highest point and approximately 4 feet wide at the widest point, sealed with heavy duty resin and standing upright in a concrete base.
  • “Copper Tree Sculpture,” by Jeff Schofield, installed June 21 outside between the Ohm Information Technology Center and the Schwarz Science Building. The work consists of three welded copper tubes, approximately 10 feet tall, designed to tarnish over time to a lovely green texture.
  • “Ashes IV,” by Sam Soet, installed June 21 outside between the Emory Morris Library and the Ohm Information Technology Center. The work, which consists of ash wood and concrete, is approximately 3 by 4 by 3 feet in size and weighs 550 pounds.
  • “Untitled,” by Tim Sykora, installed June 28 in the courtyard of the Roll Health and Administration Building. The work consists of welded mixed steel objects and measures 7 feet tall and 30 inches wide.
  • “Salute to Bertoia,” by Dozer, installed July 5 outside the northern entrance to the C Classroom Building. The steel work is 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide and 30 inches deep.
  • “Matisses’s Girls,” by Mike Sohikan, installed July 5 outside the southern entrance to the Schwarz Science Building. The work features two steel and concrete figures, one kneeling and the other standing approximately 6 feet tall.
  • “Destiny,” by Joseph J. Ovalle, installed July 10 outside on the hill on the north side of campus, overlooking Spring Lake. The approximately 500-pound work includes a foam interior and a sparkling exterior crafted out of Bondo putty, resin, iridescent film and layers of polyurethane. The work is 3 feet, 4 inches high and wide and 9 feet, 8 inches long.
  • “Sticks and Stones,” by Matthew Davey, installed Aug. 13 outside of the new Miller Physical Education Building. The bronze, steel, concrete and stone work is approximately 10.5 feet tall, with a 9- by 7-foot base.

An artist reception to celebrate the works will be scheduled this fall on a date to be determined.

The summer’s installations mark the third time in the past several years the Art on Campus Initiative issued a call for sculptures to beautify the College’s campus. The initiative’s committee also selected sculptures for installation on campus in 2014 and 2016.

Teresa Durham, executive director of the KCC Foundation, which funds the Art on Campus Initiative, said the KCC Foundation is pleased to continue to support the work of the Art on Campus Initiative and its continuing sculpture project.

“We are extremely impressed with the selection of sculpture artists and the pieces that will grace our campus over the next two years,” Durham said.

High-resolution photographs of each sculpture are available for download from KCC’s “2018 Campus Sculptures” Flickr album online at www.flickr.com/photos/kelloggcommunitycollege/albums/72157670181833177.

About the Art on Campus Initiative

The mission of the KCC Foundation’s Art on Campus Initiative is to provide art experiences on KCC campuses for students, faculty, staff and the community. The Art on Campus Initiative curates KCC’s permanent art collection, administers the College’s DeVries Lecture Series focused on the arts, and has funded the installation of several sculptures on campus. For more information, visit www.kellogg.edu/art-on-campus.

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