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Art Appreciation

Art on Campus program brings creativity, curiosity to university community
Photo by: Michael Rich
And They Tipped Their Wings, 50x54 inch oil and wax on canvas

Just in time to celebrate the Inauguration of President Donald J. Farish, a new series of art installations has begun to appear across campus, both inside and outside of buildings, from the North Campus Residence Hall to the Campus Quad. Going to class or to the Commons? Take a moment to admire the new works, all created by RWU faculty members and now displayed as part of the Art On Campus program.

“The reason for the Art on Campus program is to establish where good sites will be for art and to establish a mechanism through which we can begin to recognize and collect the best student art produced each semester and then implement the installation of that artwork,” says program coordinator Rob Rustermier.

Visual art installations will be culled from all media including sculptures, drawing, printmaking, photography and painting; whatever might be provided from a particular semester‘s course offerings. Rustermier looks forward to incorporating the wide variety of the arts undertaken at RWU in the future, including creative writing and the performing arts, for example.

“Perhaps some time in the future we can work in collaboration with the performing arts program and with the creative writing program as well,” he says.

According to Rustermier, Art on Campus was an idea cultivated by constituents across campus, including deans from various schools and representatives from different departments on campus, including Facilities and Public Safety.

“It was the administration’s idea to enable art to be shown and celebrated on campus by creating the Art On Campus program, and by establishing those various sites for locations to install the art,” Rustermier says.

Fine arts faculty members curated the current installation, which represents 13 artists. Student artwork will be included as the semester continues.

“The program is designed to highlight the academic achievement of students studying art in all its various forms on campus, so we look to showcase their artwork by working in coordination with the various schools on campus who have designated spaces for student art installation,” Rustermier says.

“I think a great deal of appreciation goes to the administration for enabling this program and to all the various schools who established spaces in their buildings as sites to install this work. Most essential to the success of this current, faculty exhibition was the expertise and assistance of RWU Facilities; it was their skill, patience and hard work that helped make this project a reality.”

For a preview of the current Art on Campus installations, view the slideshow below.