Sculpture exhibit helps students bridge gap between science and art
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 careers in computer−related fields. Now‚ thanks to a sculpture exhibit on loan to Kennesaw State University for the next year‚ they also receive a daily lesson concerning the sometimes forgotten relationship that exists between science and the fine arts.
(Feb 17, 2003) — 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 careers in
computer−related fields. Now‚ thanks to a sculpture exhibit on loan to Kennesaw State
University for the next year‚ they also receive a daily lesson concerning the sometimes
forgotten relationship that exists between science and the fine 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."
The current display‚ 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. Roberta Griffin‚ an associate professor of art and the director of galleries for Kennesaw State‚ thinks the partnership is a natural one. "All of the kinds of tools that scientists and artists use are really just an extension of their minds and imaginations; they’re not separate from that‚" she said.
On display in the Clendenin atrium are Mexican Onyx sculptures from Eino’s "Nature Series." According to the artist’s Web site (www.eino.org)‚ 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‚" which represented the artist’s return to stone carving after an extended period working primarily in bronze. An additional example of his work can be found in the Visual Arts Building.
The artist himself could be seen on campus in the final days before the holiday break‚ pouring the concrete base on which one of those pieces now rests.
"I love physical work and the combination between physical and mental‚" he said‚ "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 sculptor‚ who now lives in Jasper‚ Ga.‚ will address students 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."
"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."
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