2015 2015: Finalist chosen for large outdoor mural at UMass Dartmouth

2015 2015: Finalist chosen for large outdoor mural at UMass Dartmouth
Finalist chosen for large outdoor mural at UMass Dartmouth

Artist presentation takes place this Tuesday May 5 at College of Visual & Performing Arts Gallery; Latest initiative in the campus-wide Living Gallery Project designed to re-imagine the university as an artistic and architectural destination

Chancellor Divina Grossman and UMass Dartmouth officials who are part of the University's Living Gallery Project are pleased to announce that a finalist has been chosen for the UMass Dartmouth Mural Art Project.  The artist will be making a special digital presentation, including a mock-up of the mural and samples of the actual materials planned for use, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the College of Visual & Performing Arts Campus Gallery. The Living Gallery Project committee has been reviewing submitted proposal since its call for artist in January. 

In April 2014 the Living Gallery took its initial step with the installation of "Gerry's Window" by sculptor, landscape artist and College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) Alumnus Ron Rudnicki. "Gerry's Window" is a stone and steel work, located in the center of the nautilus bench adjacent to the CVPA Building on the university's main campus. In December CVPA Professor Eric Lintala installed a new sculpture located in the University's Claire T. Carney Library Living Room, "Tower Spirits", as the latest addition to the Living Gallery Project. 

"Tower Spirits" and "Gerry's Window" have coincided with a series of pilot projects this year, which include scheduled lightings of the Robert Karam Campanile, the bell tower that stands between the Claire T. Carney Library and the Foster Administration building. Modernist architect Paul Rudolph, who designed the UMass Dartmouth campus in the early 1960s, included the campanile in his earliest sketches, as it was very important to his vision. An additional pilot project was the installation of hanging gardens completed in time for last year's Commencement Exercises. Hanging gardens were part of Paul Rudolph's original design so much so that mechanisms to support the gardens were installed and remain to this day. 

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