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PCCEC SCULPTURE-ON-CAMPUS INSTALLATION



Two of Kevin's pieces, Aspire and DNA, were selected for Pima Community College's 2005 Sculpture-on-Campus initiative at its East Campus. "Thank you ... for allowing Pima Community College to work with you to bring a large, diverse audience to your art," writes Campus President Raul Ramirez, Ed.D., in his notification letter. "We are proud of this public art endeavor and highly value your crucial contribution to its continued success."

These photos share the installation and dedication of the pieces on the PCCEC East Campus.


Pima Community College East Campus

Kevin's designs got a welcome reception, according to Mike Stack of the Pima Community College art faculty. "The committee loved the pieces," he says. "We're excited to have them." Stack added that Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup and the City Council are pleased that the East Campus initiative is bringing art to the east side of the aesthetically inclined city. Kevin is one of nine artists whose work is being displayed.

INSTALLATION
Aspire and DNA - and Kevin - were eagerly welcomed when they arrived on campus for installation on Monday, January 31. The pieces were the first two to be installed in the 2005 Sculpture-on-Campus initiative, and students, administrators and staff alike were curious about the sculptures, their placement and meaning.

In its second year, the program is the brainchild of Stack, who has worked at other museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art. "I was struck by how much work artists would have in storage," Stack explains. "Having an opportunity to display it in a public place - an extension of their own studio - seemed good for everyone." Students, staff and administration who spoke with Kevin during the visit agreed, pointing out that bringing the art to the campus exposed some students who had not yet visited a gallery or museum.

Two locations had already been selected for Kevin's pieces, a courtyard outside the science building for DNA, and a spot outside the library for Aspire. "The science department has been wanting something that relates to them, so this is great," Stack says. Aspire's location outside a library courtyard also is visible from the art classroom.

Originally established in 1983, the campus, located at 8080 E. Irvington Rd., itself takes full advantage of its surroundings, with bridges spanning the natural arroyos, or washes, that weave between the buildings. Wildflowers have been sown in the washes, and they were already beginning to bloom on installation day, to the delight of hummingbirds and cactus wrens who call the area home. According to the staff, bobcats and javelina roam the campus at night, but during the day most of the activity was students on their way to class.

"I was really impressed with the people, the campus and the entire initiative," says Kevin. "I just got a good feeling all the way around. It's an honor to be involved."



Kevin works with PCCEC physical plant staff Ruben and James to install Aspire.








Aspire, installed. The view facing the library, with the mountains in the distance.





Aspire, facing the PCCEC art offices





Facing the art offices. A beautiful wash runs between Aspire and the building.




Aspire, echoing the shape of a nearby treeDNA, echoing the shape of a nearby tree


The organic origins of both pieces are revealed when seen next to trees. Both Aspire (left) and DNA (right) complement the form of nearby trees.


DNA with benchesDNA seen from the benches where students congregate.


The official reception for the exhibition was held after the other sculptures were installed (Kevin's were the first two, and a third was installed later that same day).

RECEPTION
The Sculpture-on-Campus reception, held Wednesday, November 13, was a resounding success. More than 100 people turned out to enjoy the initial gathering, in which project mastermind Michael Stack of the PCCEC art faculty and PCCEC administrators spoke about the project and thanked the many people had helped bring it to fruition.

After light refreshments, everyone headed outdoors to walk from sculpture to sculpture, where each artist talked about the piece and their own creative process.

In addition to Kevin, artists who discussed their work include Jason Butler, Kim Henkel, Valarie James, Leiloni Kammerer, Jon Mueller and Joan Waters.


A crowd listens to Kevin, who is standing in front of DNA, talk about his work.
A crowd listens to Kevin, who is standing in front of DNA, talk about his work.

Kevin discussed his inspiration and creation of the pieces in the show.





Kevin discussed his inspiration and
creation of the pieces in the show.