PNC Presents Sculptor Christine Rojek…Breeze Keeper Highlights

Rojek and camper with Breeze KeeperThe Purdue University North Central Odyssey
Arts and Cultural Events Series  will present the exhibit “Sculptor
Christine Rojek . . . Breeze Keeper  Highlights” featuring photos
depicting the creation of her sculpture, Breeze  Keeper, on exhibit Aug.
26 through Dec. 13 in the first floor, north study area  of the PNC
Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.

Building hours are Monday through  Friday, 7
a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
during the school semester; otherwise the building is closed on Sunday.

The sculpture Breeze Keeper was  created by
Rojek and recently installed as part of the PNC campus Odyssey
sculpture exhibit. Breeze Keeper became part of the PNC STEM Camp as
Holly  Beadles, Michigan City Area Schools art instructor, led campers
in assisting  with the installation. Rojek noted, “This part of the
installation normally  takes 10 hours to complete. With my team of
little campers handing me all of  the parts, we were finished in less
than three hours. It was a joy to see their  faces as they ‘tested’ each
counterbalanced element.”

The aluminum sculpture stands 9 feet  high, 42
feet wide and 24 feet deep. It mimics the graceful planting rows and
the sway of the rural prairie. It  consists of more than 70
wind-activated elements that are suspended from four  frames
representing the landscape.

The photo exhibit provides a look at how Rojek carefully  assembled
each piece of her sculpture and how the individual parts came  together
to create a remarkable work of art.

Rojek specializes in creating public sculpture and uses the tenets
of fine design to create interactive environments that appeal to a
diverse audience.  These forms of lyrical expression can be provocative,
humorous, or whimsical  and have become destination pieces in many
cities throughout the United States.

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she continued her
studies  at the American School of Fontainebleau in France where she
focused on both  performance and installation art. Rojek has received
widespread recognition for  her achievements, including several
fellowship grants from the Illinois Arts  Council, the National
Endowment for the Arts and an AT&T Technology in Art  Grant. Rojek
teaches at Columbia College Chicago. She is the co-founder of
SculpTours, a touring company promoting the appreciation and advancement
of  sculpture in Chicago and she serves on the advisory board for the
Center for  the Study of Art and Architecture.

For information  about this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural
Events Series, contact Judy  Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of
Marketing and Campus Relations, at  785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with
disabilities requiring accommodations  should contact Jacobi.