Sculptor helps students bridge gap between science and art

Students taking classes in the Ann & John Clendenin Computer Science Building have access to a…

Georgia (Feb 20, 2003) — Sculptor helps students bridge gap between science and art

Rick Woodall

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Students taking classes in the Ann & John Clendenin Computer Science Building have access to a wide variety of high−tech instructional tools as they pursue a computer−related career. Now‚ thanks to a sculpture exhibit on loan to Kennesaw State University for the next year‚ they also receive a daily lesson in the sometimes forgotten relationship that exists between science and the fine arts.



The exhibit −− featuring the work of Finnish−American sculptor Eino −− is the result of a collaborative effort between the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of the Arts.



"We want to use the Clendenin building‚ and the science complex in general‚ as a way to introduce our students to the world of art so that they can understand the interrelationship between art and science‚" said Dr. Laurence I. Peterson‚ dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. "We think that the understanding and appreciation of art is going to stimulate creativity in our students‚ as well as broaden them as citizens of 21st century society."



On display in the Clendenin atrium are Mexican onyx sculptures from Eino's "Nature Series." According to the artist's Web site‚ the impetus for those works was "the discovery of a new and exciting stone" during a fishing trip he made to Baja‚ Calif. Outside the building are selections from the "Wind Series‚" representing the artist's return to stone carving after an extended period working primarily in bronze. An additional display of his work can be found in the Visual Arts Building.



"I love physical work and the combination between physical and mental‚" Eino said while pouring the concrete base on which one of his works now rests‚ "and that's what sculpture really is − an expression of your soul and your spirit through your work. How can you go higher than that?"



The internationally acclaimed sculptor‚ who now lives in Jasper‚ Ga.‚ will address KSU students Wednesday‚ Feb. 26 as part of the Enplas Lecture Series in Science and Society. His presentation is entitled: "The Three Pillars of Society: Art‚ Science and Sports." The lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Science Building Room 109‚ with a reception to follow.



"I think the presentation is important so that our students can relate to the artist and understand that artists are scientists‚ as well as artists‚" Peterson said. "If they understand the symbolism behind it‚ if they understand the process behind it‚ if they understand the mind behind it‚ then they'll have a much greater appreciation of it."



Photos available: E−mail Rick Woodall at rwoodall@kennesaw.edu

Artist's biography: Available at www.eino.org



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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



 

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