Art & Design Sculpture Walk celebrates 17th year

The annual event, in its 17th year, is a part of the SIUE art department’s public outreach program in fine art education. David Deming, who served as a juror in the Sculpture on Campus competition, opened the three-day event with a lecture at noon on Oct. 4 in the Auditorium Room, 1104, in the Art and Design West Building. Deming, of Cleveland, has exhibited his sculptures in more than 100 competitive and invitational exhibitions both nationally and internationally, according to information provided by SIUE.

Deming also spent time over the course of the three-day event working with students who have worked the last four months designing, constructing and installing their outdoor sculptures around the SIUE campus. Deming, who earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art outside of Detroit. In addition to creating abstract pieces, he’s also produced likenesses of Cleveland Indians Manager Frank Robinson and Cleveland Browns hall-of-famer Jim Brown. His work can also be found on the grounds of several major corporations and he was done a number of works depicting dogs.

SIUE College of Arts & Sciences Graduate student, Brad Eilering was a participant in the sculpture event for the third year and his final year at SIUE. “The best part of the weekend, is looking out at the crowd during the presentation and seeing people engaging with my sculpture in real time,” he said. Those who attend the event will develop a better understand of the works and the stories behind them, Eilering said.  “The general public will not only view 10 wonderful works of sculpture, but develop relationships to the works through learning first-hand from the makers,” Says Eilering.

The Sculpture Walk began at 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 in front of the Art and Design Building. A recognition ceremony, at which the competition winners were announced, began at 6 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the lecture hall of the SIUE Art and Design East Building, Room 1104. Top prize in the competition is $1,000. From 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 6, there was also a showing of Deming’s work and a reception in the Art and Design West Building’s Art Gallery, Room 1120. Other artists participating in the event are: Chelsea Belcher, Sarah Bohn, Benjamin Carey, Jessee Crane, Brad Eilering, Dara Garcia, Samantha Hunerlach, Jessica Hunt, Alex Jacobs, Joseph Ovalle and Sarah Walters.

Over 300 guests participated in this years sculpture walk sponsored by the SIUE Art Department.

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