PNC 14th Anniversary Odyssey Sculpture Show Debuts


Tricycle Art

Tricycle Art

Tres Bon Tricycle is the sculptural folk art work of a team from Hendricks & Associates and Lonici Rental Group

Purdue University North Central celebrates the 14 th anniversary of its Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series with a public reception and opening of its multi-piece contemporary sculpture exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02.

The Odyssey 2012 – 2013 exhibit includes six new pieces bringing the total to 38 sculptures that grace the 268-acre campus of the PNC Westville campus and PNC – Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso.

Guests are welcome to arrive early to take a self-guided tour of the sculptures located throughout the PNC Westville campus.

In the Assembly Hall, refreshments and conversation will be from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Remarks by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, will begin at 5:30. This year’s debuting Odyssey sculptors and artists will be on hand to discuss their works.

Following the Odyssey opening activities, guests are welcome to view the art currently on display at PNC. This includes the exhibits “Over the Rainbow” by Ed Levitin, in the Library-Student-Faculty Building student lounge, Room 062 and “The Art of Otto Neumann: Fifty Years of His Work” on display in Assembly Hall.

“A Salute to Sugarman,” a multi-piece work by fourth and fifth graders from Pine Elementary, Michigan City’s Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts, is in the Technology Building north s tudy lounge. That building will be open until 7:30 p.m.

The artwork of noted 20 th century artist, George Sugarman is located in the Library Odyssey Gallery on the second floor of the LSF Building. This collection includes sculptures, a variety of framed paintings, a tribute wall of 35 framed works, a montage of photographs depicting the artist and his biography. The library, usually closed on Saturdays, will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

PNC is the permanent home of a section of a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center in New York after its Sept. 11, 2001 collapse and is on display in the LSF Cybercafé, Room 114, off the first floor foyer.

The steel is displayed near the oil paintings of Jason Poteet, which includes a series named, “New York, New York,” created in tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, the rescue workers and the residents of New York City.

S. Thomas Scarff, in his 14th year as curator of the PNC Odyssey sculpture exhibits, remarks, “ The Odyssey series is the largest outdoor art installation in our area and is one of the premier art installations in Northwest Indiana and lower Michigan. This year’s works combine creative impulses, great engineering and a sense of humor in many cases.”

The Odyssey Cultural Series includes a number of events throughout the year, including exhibits of art, film showings and presentations.

Sculptors who will debut works as part of Odyssey 2012 – 2013 are:

Adrian Calderon – “ Wing of Progress” is a raw steel sculpture that measures 12-feet by 9-feet by 3-feet. It was inspired by the standards, mentality, aesthetics and values of the 1920s through the 1940’s.

Ben Woitena – “Oasis” has a plant- or tree-like quality. Made of painted steel, this sculpture is 13-feet high by 6-feet wide by 7.5-feet deep.

Ben Woitena – “Night Sea Passage” is another painted steel sculpture. Measuring 10-feet by 20-feet by 6-feet, the elements of this black and red painted steel work are composed of diamond shapes, complete and incomplete.

Charles Yost – “ Splatted Totem with Piece Pipes” embodies both geometric and organic elements, forming a “georganimetric” concept. Made of welded stainless steel and milled steel, with a powder coat paint surface, it stands 12-feet high, 4-feet wide and 4-feet deep. Its curvilinear, organic-like shapes are juxtaposed with the harder edged forms and color is added where whimsy dictates.

George Tobolowsky – “ the rough red road to a start-up” represents putting together a business plan and trying to raise the capital needed to start a new company. Red paint represents the “negative cash flow.” The 10-foot by 12-foot by 5-foot piece is composed of found metal objects – bulky industrial castoffs scoured from scrap yards and fabrication plants.

Charles Hendricks & Associates and Lonici Rental Group – “Tres Bon Tricycle” is a functioning, large-scale – 14-foot by 11-foot by 18-foot painted steel tricycle in the spirit of the railroad velocipede with reverence for the simple childhood years. Its uncomplicated design and basic red and white colors are reminiscent of the fun, carefree childhood days.

Existing Odyssey pieces are:

John Adduci – Running Arch, Odysseus

Ron Gard – The Struggle Against Death

Mike Grucza – Odalisque

Jason Hawk – Don’t Panic, The World Isn’t Flat

Preston Jackson – Haints + History, Travels of My Seven Sisters

Kara James – Tongue Highway

Terry Karpowicz – Heraldic Taunt at PNC – Porter County

Dessa Kirk – Demeter

Michele Lanning – Oh!

Michele Lanning – Critical Mass in the PNC Library

Rob Lorenson – First Gear, Sentinel

Brian Monaghan – Untitled

David Noguchi – Rise, at PNC – Porter County

Eric Nordgulen – Anatomy Vessel

Jason Poteet – Rumination

Fisher Stolz – Seduction

S. Thomas Scarff – Geisha Rose, Rainbow Flyer, Windfighter ; at PNC – Porter County are Light Ray, Indigo Flame

George Sugarman – A Green Field, Two Part Folding Screen and Two Blues and a Red

Jason Verbeek – Dragonfly

Zelda Werner – Alexander’s Circus

Bruce White – Ghostship, Twin Fin Continuum

Jaci Willis Effervescence

A number of works are for sale.

The Odyssey sculpture exhibit is open to the public during university hours. Visitors are encouraged to come on Thursdays, Fridays and weekends when parking is ample.

For self-guided sculpture tour maps and additional information about Odyssey 2012 – 2013 visit Information on group tours is available by contacting Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations at 785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.