Public Sculpture

An overview prepared by Cortney Thorn ’10, art history major

Public Sculpture is an easily accessible form of art. Many outdoor sculptures are made site specific; in these cases an artist will work within the space and the community to develop a piece that fits the surroundings.

Public art is a term used to describe any art that can be accessed by the public. The most common forms of outdoor sculpture include monuments, memorials and statuaries. However, towards the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries there has been a large increase in the amount of conceptual art placed within communities.

Because one of the goals of public art is for it to be on a site of physical public domain, most of these works are located outside, where they are accessible for all to see.  Most of these public art works are made from materials produced to be durable. This is to provide long life to the structure, withstand the elements and avoid the effects vandalism of the community may have.

Overview

Georgetown College currently has several sculptures located on the campus. Seven belong to an organized outdoor sculpture exhibition, however six permanent works are also on view.

Live. Learn. Believe. Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Goal: To create an aesthetic venue for education, interaction, and recognition for the arts

  • Consists of seven sculptures of various media
  • Most were installed in the summer 2007
  • Each sculpture was originally meant to be on campus for between 12-18 months however many of them have had their loans extended.
  • A work is intended to be replaced when one leaves
  • Richard Spears, a 1957 graduate of Georgetown College and a member of the Georgetown College Foundation Board, funded the initial exhibition.

The Outdoor Sculpture Collection at Georgetown College is free and open to the public. Please come for a visit. For more information or to arrange a tour, please contact Jeanette Tesmer, Gallery Director and Curator of Collections: 502.863.8399 or email the galleries: galleries@georgetowncollege.edu

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