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PNC Odyssey sculpture show debuts for 13th year

WESTVILLE | Purdue University North Central celebrates the 13thanniversary of its Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series with apublic opening and reception of its multi-piece contemporarysculpture exhibit from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in theLibrary-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Visitors to campus are welcome to arrive early to take aself-guided tour of the 35 sculptures located throughout the PNCWestville campus. In Assembly Hall, refreshments and conversation will begin at 5p.m. Remarks by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and JudyJacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and CampusRelations, will begin at 5:30. Jacobi will introduce this year’sOdyssey sculptors and their sculptures. A number of the exhibitingsculptors and artists will speak about their work. Following the opening activities, guests are welcome to view theart on display at PNC. This includes the exhibits “Expressions inWatercolor” by Pat Lansford in the Library-Student-Faculty Buildingstudent lounge, Room 062; and “The Surreal Art of Science” by JackHarris in Assembly Hall. “Illuminations & Explorations:Drawings of the Aurora Borealis” by Olivia Petrides is in theTechnology Building first floor north study lounge. That buildingwill be open until 7:30 p.m. PNC is the permanent home of a section of a steel beam recoveredfrom the World Trade Center in New York, after its Sept. 11, 2001collapse. It is displayed in the LSF Cybercaf√©, Room 114, off thefirst floor foyer. The artwork of noted 20th century artist George Sugarman is ondisplay in the Library Odyssey Gallery on the second floor of theLSF Building. This collection includes sculptures, a variety offramed paintings, a tribute wall of 35 framed works, a montage ofphotographs depicting the artist and his biography. The library,usually closed on Saturdays, will be open from 6:30 to 7:30p.m. The Odyssey 2011-12 exhibit includes four new pieces, bringingthe total to 35 sculptures that grace the 268-acre campus of thePNC Westville campus and PNC¬†Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road inValparaiso. The Odyssey Cultural Series also includes a number of eventsthroughout the year, including exhibits of art, film showings andpresentations. Sculptors who will debut works as part of Odyssey 2011-12are: Ron Gard — “The Struggle Against Death” is a stainless steeland bronze sculpture measuring 9 feet by 3 feet by 4 feet. Thetitle is an excerpt from the anonymous quote, “All the Arts andSciences have their roots in the struggle against death.” Mike Grucza — “Lake Street Lovely” measures 15 feet by 9 feetby 9 feet and is composed of powder-coated and painted aluminum,and stainless steel hardware. This was inspired by the artist’slove for structures built of steel and rivets, such as those of theChicago bridges and rail lines, and it is his homage toironworkers. Jason Hawk — “Don’t Panic, The World Isn’t Flat.” Thissculpture is made of concrete and polychrome steel and measures 8feet by 2 feet by 7 feet. Jaci Willis — “Effervescence” is a stainless steel and glasspiece measuring 10 feet by 8 feet by 12 feet. “Effervescence”conveys life’s twists and turns and the artist’s elation of findingwhat her journey in life was about.

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