Date: September 26, 2003
Contact: Carol Connelly,
Director, Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267,
PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series
Opens Oct. 9
(L) looks on as Terrence Karpowicz works on "NEKAY"
during the recent Odyssey symposium.
WESTVILLE – Purdue University
North Central will celebrate the fifth year of its Odyssey
Arts and Cultural Events Series with a public opening of its
multi-piece contemporary sculpture exhibit, Odyssey 2003–04 on
Thursday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the
Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall Room 02. The
program is free and open to the public. Families and children
are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. RSVPs
are suggested to Carol Connelly at email@example.com or
1-800-872-1231, ext. 5267.
The Odyssey exhibit brings
together more than 10 sculptors who have created new works of
art to grace the 305 acres of the PNC campus.
Artist Barry Tinsley, of New
Carlisle, who has had several sculptures featured in past
Odyssey exhibits, hosted a week-long working sculpture
symposium during August, bringing together the artists and
allowing them to pool resources and to create original works
Tinsley reflected on the
experience, "The highlight for me was the ability to
collaborate on approaches to specific challenges and work
closely with colleagues who I wouldn't otherwise have gotten
to know as well."
Tinsley who now has one piece on
the campus, Hamilton, has just finished constructing
“Springville Portal,” an arch constructed of steel, a concept
that is his signature in many cities.
Despite the heat, swarms of
insects and rainstorms, sculptors like Terrence Karpowicz were
undeterred. “This is what it's all about. You're focused, and
you push forward. It's all about the experience of making
art." Karpowicz has curated PierWalk at Chicago’s Navy Pier
and was installation manager for the 1999 Chicago Cows on
His new piece for PNC is entitled
NEKAY and will be of interest to children with its whimsical
Tom Scarff, curator of the PNC
Odyssey sculpture shows, remarked, "This show will be filled
with challenging pieces. Expect many visual knockouts.”
Sculptor Bob Emser, former
executive director of PierWalk, said he is looking forward to
having his piece, “Shelter from the Storm,” exhibited at PNC.
“The space for sculpture here is remarkable, with many open
and garden sites for pieces. To my knowledge, there is no
other university of this size in this country that has this
many sculptures on its grounds.”
In addition to the 27 featured
pieces, an exhibit of Frank Lloyd Wright items from “Samara”
one of his outstanding homes of the Usonian period, will be
open for viewing. The home’s sole owner, Dr. John Christian,
along with Dr. Wallace Rogers, author of “Samara: The Winged
Seeds of Indiana,” will be present to sign books and chat with
guests. The book and other Frank Lloyd Wright items are
available in the PNC bookstore.
The Odyssey Cultural Series will feature a variety of other
events throughout the year, including exhibits of photographs
by LaPorte County native Rebecca Janes, as well as a series of
films shown during the coming months.
Sculptors exhibiting their works
as part of the Odyssey 2003-04 and their works are:
Phillip Shore — Tirin's
Passage — a steel and gold guilt column reminiscent of ancient
Sherry Giryotas — In the
Name of… — a piece designed for contemplation made from 1,500
pounds of fragrant beeswax.
Brian Monaghan —
Chicagoscape — a large painted steel piece that soars more
than 20 feet.
John Mishler — Way of the
Wind — a whimsical kinetic piece that responds to air
John E. Bannon — Point of
You — a neon work facing U.S. 421 that chronicles the human
life cycle from infancy to elderhood.
Bob Emser — Shelter from
the Storm — A mixed-media piece that is a habitat seating
Richard Heinrich —
Off-Minor — An 18-foot-tall steel piece dedicated to the
memory of jazz musician Thelonius Monk.
Terrence Karpowicz — NEKAY
— The artist’s interpretation of the winged goddess of
Mike Helbing — Skynet with
Objects — a stainless steel structure and largely open work
that graphs a celestial space.
Barry Tinsley — Springville
Portal — An expansive arch-like door to another plane of
Michele Goldstrom — O
Positive, The Universal Donor — A bronze multi-piece
installation of hemoglobin-like cells.
Patrick McDonald — Shield —
A substantial concrete and steel structure that
Derick Malkemus — Aligning
with Kathryn — a sculptural metaphor for a personal
Jessica M. Swift — Light
Time/Flight Time — Two glass sculptured works inspired by
nature and photographic imagery.
Existing Odyssey pieces:
S. Thomas Scarff —
Windfighter, Geisha Rose and Rainbow Flyer
Stephen Hokanson —
David Nelson — Widow’s
Michele Goldstrom — Oh!
Michael Young — Night
Dessa Kirk — Daphne
John Adduci — Running Arch,
Rob Lorenson — Sentinel
Barry Tinsley — Hamilton
Zelda Werner — Alexander’s
Further information can be
obtained by contacting Judy Jacobi, director of marketing at
1-800-872-1231, ext. 5593. Persons needing special
accommodations should contact Jacobi.