Whitney Hale

By

College: Fine Arts

Trail Showcases UK Students' Talents Alongside Professional Sculptors

Published: Jun 4, 2013

Images of sculpture included on the UK Outdoor Sculpture Tour.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 4, 2013) — "Sculpture occupies real space like we do... you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object." - Chuck Close

 

In an effort to showcase the talents of some of the university's best sculpture students, as well as sculpture as an art form, University of Kentucky's School of Art and Visual Studies teamed up with the Art Museum at UK to bring the campus community a sculpture trail this year. The trail running the length of Avenue of Champions features more than 15 works of art, including four pieces from UK's own student artists.

 

Located on the grounds surrounding the Student Center, Singletary Center for the Arts and the Fine Arts Building on Rose Street, these public works of art are an integral part of the UK campus, enriching the sense of place and the physical beauty of the natural environment. In addition to the work by art studio students, the path also takes art enthusiasts by the Art Museum at UK's substantial sculpture garden featuring work by several noted international sculptors.

 

Art by UK alumni featured on the self-guided Outdoor Sculpture Tour was selected and approved by a public art committee at the university while they finished their degrees as students and demonstrates excellence in the field of sculpture. The path includes "Let Fall My Vulnerability" by Robin Baker; "Cherished" by Terry Clayton; "Wheels for Deals" by Will Doerting; and "Wings of Refuge" by Branden Riggins.

 

Surface has an important role in Baker's work, both conceptually and aesthetically. In "Let Fall My Vulnerability," the Lexington native and 2007 journalism graduate used surface treatment and materials to allude to the vulnerability of the surface and the structure underneath.

 

For this particular sculpture, Baker wanted to create the illusion of a covering being shed. "As a species we spend much of our lives hiding our true selves. I have found strength in myself I didn't realize I had for much of my life. This piece deals with the discovery of that strength and the shedding of the vulnerability I felt," said the artist.

 

A native of Olmstead, Ky., Clayton's "Cherished" depicts a mother cradling a baby in her arms and embodies the protective nature of his mother who helped him cope with losing his hearing at age 5 as the result of chicken pox. With her support, the 2007 kinesiology graduate and art studio senior went on to great success playing football and graduating from UK, winning the inaugural Rudy Award, and being selected to exhibit at the 2012 DeaFestival held in conjunction with the 51st Biennial National Association of the Deaf Conference.

 

"My mother let me know how precious I was to her, and she would never let anybody treat me poorly because of my deafness. She gave me unconditional love and protection as I was growing up. I would hope that any parent with a disabled child would cherish them as much as my mother did me,"  Clayton said.

 

"Wheels for Deals," by Doerting, a 2010 geography and 2011 art studio graduate from Frankfort, Ky., explores the constant expansion and integration of global financial markets.

 

"The shopping cart at the top serves as a reference to the universal consumer experience through its function as a vessel for a variety of products to be purchased. The products themselves have been simplified to geometric forms which expand outward in every direction," Doerting said.

 

"Wings of Refuge" literally invites onlookers to become part of the sculpture with a seat built into the structure. Riggins, a native of Lexington, developed his concept for the piece from his observations of UK students, who he found disconnected from art on campus.

 

"I aim to bridge this gap and hopefully encourage students to become engaged and participate in public art. This can be accomplished by inviting these students to physically interact and utilize this sculpture," said the 2011 art studio graduate.

 

Many of the examples of sculpture on the trail and campus can be found as part of the sculpture garden at the Art Museum at UK. The garden includes work by such celebrated sculptors as El Anatsui, Bob Haozous, Richard Hunt, Albert Paley, George Rickey, Ernest Trova and Peter Woytuk, all part of the museum's permanent collection of art. Currently, the sculpture garden also is host to an exhibition of more than 20 painted steel pieces by David Hayes. The art by Hayes will be on display on campus through July 1.

 

A sculptural tribute to the years of service by UK student-run radio station WRFL created by Garry Bibbs, sculptor and associate professor at UK School of Art and Visual Studies, is also part of the Outdoor Sculpture Tour. "Thunder Waves of Universal Sound" was made from pieces of WRFL's original broadcast antenna first used in 1988. At the top of the sculpture is the old WRFL tower with the original light, and then the WRFL logo's thunder bolts striking the sculpture form from four sides.

 

Those interested in discovering the wealth of public art on the Outdoor Sculpture Tour can find a map and pictures of the work here: http://finearts.uky.edu/sites/default/files/sculpture%20tour%20brochure%202013.pdf. The trail can also be accessed on smartphones using the free TakeItArtside! app, created by the Gaines Center for Humanities and the UK School of Art and Visual Studies.   

 

UK School of Art and Visual Studies and the Art Museum at UK are part of the UK College of Fine Arts. The Outdoor Sculpture Tour was created as part of the college's inaugural Find Arts Fest in the fall of 2012.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

cherished_by_terry_clayton_-_see_excellence.jpgimg_2308.jpgimg_2336.jpgimg_2290.jpgimg_2301.jpgimg_1075.jpgimg_3472.jpgimg_2328.jpgoutdoor_sculpture_tour_map_draft.jpg
February
 
1
Graduate Student Congress Meeting (February)
Mon
2
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Tue
3
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Wed
4
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Thu
5
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Explore Blue
Off-Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #1
Panel Discussion: Historic Homes
Fri
6
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sat
7
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
8
K Crew Recruitment
Sex and Chocolate
Law School Prep Workshop
Mon
9
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Healthy Relationships Workshop
How to Package Communication and Technical Skills on your Resume
2016 Distinguished Industry Lecture Series
Tue
10
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Last Day to Receive 50% Refund
Pinterest Party #1
Get Yourself Tested!
Off-Campus Student Association Information Session
Showcase your Talents: Building a Strong Portfolio
An Evening with Tatyana Ali and Amir Windom: Progression Towards Success
How to Survive a Plague
Wed
11
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Coffee & Canvases
Off-Campus Student Association Information Session
Study Abroad in Berlin!
Horticulture Club Valentine's Day Sale
Thu
12
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Explore Blue
Horticulture Club Valentine's Day Sale
Ash and the Market: Ceramic Exchange, Political Economy, and the Late to Terminal Classic Transformation of the Kiuic Polity
Fri
13
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Learn to Play Bridge
Workshop: The Artist Statement
Sat
14
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
15
K Crew Recruitment
See ICT
Patterson School Guest Speaker Series
Mon
16
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
See ICT
UK Women's Forum February Board Meeting
Tue
17
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Food For Thought
Wed
18
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Soup & Substance: Real Talk, Real Issues, & Real People Series
Thu
19
PharmD Interviews
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Explore Blue
Off-Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #2
SAB Underground Formal
Fri
20
PharmD Interviews
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sat
21
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
22
Undergraduate Research Information Session
University Health Service- Let It Go
Monday Night Mingle
Mon
23
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
University Health Service- Know Your Numbers
University Health Service- Mindful Eating
Tue
24
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn - Don't Blame It On Aging
Ravi Zacharias at Memorial Coliseum
Wed
25
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
26
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Explore Blue
Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference
Eday Talk by Georgetown Toyota President Wil James
Do What You Are: Connecting Personalities w/ Profession
Off- Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #3
Traditions and Transformations in Tz’utujil Territory, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, 500 BC – 1524 AD
Concert in the Museum: Central Music Academy
Fri
27
Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
UK E-Day
Pre-Opera Dinner
Sat
28
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
DanceBlue Rave Hour
Sun
29
Monday through Friday - Midterm Grading window is open. The mid-term grading window will close at midnight on March 11.
Monday through Wednesday - Students are prohibited from changing academic major
Bodies Of Evidence: Provocations: A Transnational Feminist History Project
Monday Night Mingle
Mon
 
 
 
 
 
Feb 13
Bill Adams: Blue Madness 02/13/2016

Repeats every day on January, February, March, April every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sun Apr 03 2016 .
Sun, 02/14/2016

Repeats every day on January, February, March, April every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Mon Apr 04 2016 .
Sun, 02/14/2016

Mon, 02/15/2016

Repeats every day on January, February, March, April every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Mon Apr 04 2016 .
Tue, 02/16/2016

Reset Page