Statement from Kennesaw State University regarding reinstatement of art installation
KENNESAW, Ga. (March 14, 2014) – Kennesaw State University officials are announcing
(Mar 14, 2014) —
The museum staff has begun working with the artist and anticipates the piece will
be on public view no later than March 25, and will run through April 26.
Campus officials also will provide explanatory materials and host public programs
that address the complexity and controversial nature of the subject matter: Georgia
writer Corra Harris — whose former homestead was gifted to the University in 2008
— and a letter she wrote in 1899 on the topic of lynching.
The University’s administration deeply appreciates Ruth Stanford’s thoughtful consideration
and deliberation in this matter and her willingness to remain engaged in dialogue
with University officials.
Kennesaw State University officials also reaffirm the administration’s full support
for academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. Our intention is to use this
entire experience as a learning and engagement opportunity for all of our stakeholders.
Details regarding the related programming will be publically announced as soon as
plans are finalized.
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Ruth Stanford has issued a response to Kennesaw State University’s announcement, which
she has shared with University officials. It is as follows:
“While Kennesaw State’s administration and I continue to disagree on certain issues
related to the removal of my work, “A Walk in the Valley,” from the Zuckerman Museum
of Art, we have come to agree that the work should be restored to its place in the
“This has been a difficult experience, but I hope that the conversations it has generated
about art, place, history, academic freedom, and free speech have been, and will continue
to be, productive.
“I am proud to be included in the See Through Walls exhibition alongside a number of amazing artists, and I look forward to supporting
the work of the ZMA moving forward.”
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