KCC opens campus as a 2018 Fall into the Arts venue for Oct. 19 event

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

Kellogg Community College is opening its North Avenue campus to art lovers this month as an official venue for the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Fall into the Arts Art Walk.

All Fall into the Arts activities at KCC will begin at the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in KCC’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. Light refreshments will be provided at the gallery, and free parking is available on all public lots on campus.

This year marks the 13th year of the community Fall into the Arts event, which highlights the works of artists across disciplines at venues across Battle Creek. KCC’s participation in the event, which will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, will include:

  • Guided tours of highlights of the College’s permanent art collection and recent outdoor sculpture installations, led by KCC art professor Pete Williams. The first tour will start at the Davidson Center at 5:30 p.m. and a second tour will start at 6:30 p.m.
  • A self-guided tour to view more than a dozen sculptural installations on campus, including 10 new sculptures installed this summer as part of KCC Foundation’s Art on Campus Sculpture Initiative and several sculptures from the College’s permanent collection.
  • A reception honoring the Art on Campus Sculpture Initiative sculptors and highlighting the College’s current DeVries Gallery art exhibit, “Tim Sykora 1958-2014: A Retrospective Exhibition.”

The KCC Foundation’s Art on Campus Sculpture Initiative began in 2014 with a biennial call for sculptors to display their work on KCC’s North Avenue campus. Selected sculptures are displayed on campus for 24 months, with a possibility for extended exhibition or purchase for the College’s permanent art collection. The 2018 sculpture initiative represents 10 sculptures by regional artists from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Click here to view photos of the new sculptures in a gallery on KCC’s Flickr page.

KCC’s permanent art collection consists of dozens of works on display throughout the buildings on campus. Most of the collection can be viewed during regular College business hours. Many of the works were created by KCC students or employees.

The retrospective art exhibit includes nearly three dozen works of sculpture, mixed media and assemblage by the late Marshall artist Tim Sykora. The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing during regular gallery hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Oct. 24.

On-campus Fall into the Arts activities are presented by the KCC Foundation’s Art on Campus Initiative, the mission of which 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 since 2012. For more information, visit www.kellogg.edu/art-on-campus.

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