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Congratulations to the 2012 winners...

At the May 11 closing reception of this year's Undergraduate Exhibition, winners were announced in the 2012 WSU Campus Art Installation Award competition. Joe LaLonde won the $500 Best Art Installation Award for Green Chiropractic, below, and Ayaka Hibino received the $250 First Place Award for Reflection: in a selective view, below.


Through the WSU Campus Art Installation Award competition, students in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History share their talent with the public and compete for your vote. Students are invited to create temporary artworks under the restrictions of facility limitations and a strict deadline. The 2012 art installations were on display for the public to view, and vote online, during April and until the polls closed May 8.

Here are 2012's five competing art installations, plus works by two community guest artists who showed work not in competition:

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  Faculty / Administration Building
The Science Inside Us
oil on canvas, paint, steel, found objects
Daniel Cicchelli, BFA Painting and Sculpture

"The Science Inside Us is the first major project in which I am combining the presentation of paintings and sculpture, especially publicly. The initial idea consisted of a sculpture alone. But, after much contemplation and discussion with instructors and peers, a plan for including paintings as somewhat of a "stage set" began to make sense. The title refers to the inner biological and evolutionary workings of our minds as humans. On a larger level, it refers to how those operations seem, to me, to be shared among not only humans but perhaps all life (the idea of the "Collective Unconscious", if you will). Organic, automatic forms on the canvas are mimicked by twisted, painted pieces of steel. Pillows, a seemingly bizarre element of this work, act as a symbol of sleep and dreams. Other irrational relationships "occur" consistently throughout the piece, emphasizing the surreal nature that our minds have the ability to take on, specifically in dreams."

  McGregor Auditorium
Reflection: in a selective view
window blinds, dust covers, steel, wood
Ayaka Hibino, BFA Sculpture

"My work is inspired by the intangible, which is revealed through metaphor.
To genuinely translate such a challenging subject, I find success in the form of expression that is simultaneously indirect and direct. Embracing a balance that is particular but familiar, it provides a fresh experience that resembles the tale of another. There are basic principles in this universe that are interwoven throughout everything, like that of an invisible web. Metaphor is a tool that introduces a single strand of the web by bridging two points; a glimpse that could lead to a view of what is beyond that, an exploration of the infinite."



  Linsell House (outdoor)
Green Chiropractic
steel, sod
Joe LaLonde, BFA Sculpture

"Green Chiropractic incorporates biological and mechanical systems that coincide symbiotically. The green roof of the River Rouge Plant initially sparked my interest for this piece. Both the mechanical structure and natural sod provide a form that is designed to stretch the spine when laid on. The sculpture reflects a wave increasing in frequency, both in form and function. The low amplitude form is wide and gentle whereas the high amplitude form is narrow and steep allowing a range of curves to stretch across. As the frequency increases so does the bend of the spine when stretching across a form. In this way, I wanted to provide a fabricated form with a natural feel that invites people to relax across it and seek some reprieve and rehabilitation from poor posture, particularly those who spend a great deal of their day seated."

  Old Main (outdoor)
Brooch for Old Main
foam, fiber glass, plaster, paint, mixed media
Dan Neville, BFA Metals

"Traditionally, jewelry has been used to adorn the body and show levels of status. This type of jewelry has the sole purpose of looking appealing, being made of fine materials. The processes and techniques used to create this work has not changed much over time. These two elements are essential for what I create. The tradition of adornment, however, does not appeal to me as much. I use jewelry making as a way to tell a story, describe a feeling, or convey a message. I find that the brooch and pendant are appropriate objects to illustrate my ideas. When I make an object like this, it is reflecting a feeling or message from inside me and I believe the same approach can be used for a building. This brooch is shown on the exterior of Old Main and reflects the interior."


  Student Center
Manta in Fabric
fabric, mixed media
Emily Null, BFA Sculpture

"My artwork questions worth in the form of fabricated animals. As humans we tend to put ourselves above other species, but we are still living creatures and not all of our time is spent on philosophical reflection. We tend to make objects our comfort rather that finding it within ourselves. These are the reasons why I use fabric and animals to create imagery. As students, we get stretched to the limit through school, work, and socializing. We have these abstract obstacles coming after us. It is when we get stretched so thin, that we do some our best work. We look back and should see our accomplishments rather than our struggles, they should be acknowledged but transparent."

































































































Community Guest Artists showing work (not in competition):


Cohn Building, College of Nursing:
Immersion, Embracement, and Intrigue in its 3 year
digital prints
Josephine C. Hazen, MFA Printmaking 2011 (WSU ALUMNA)

"I have always been interested in human physiology and psychology and I feel this has been reflected in everything I bring into artistic existence. The fascination with cancer cells after my diagnosis has allowed me the opportunity to see what cells looked like under a microscope during my treatments. With this, I found the cells are quite beautiful to look at. Seeing the cell structures this way has put cancer into a different perspective for me. Instead of seeing cancer as just a destructive illness, I found myself altering my vision of this disease in a different way. Cancer is just another cell fighting the existence in the microcosm of our human systems, striving for its own actualization as part of our journey through this “thing called life”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t realize that it will kill the host in the process. My desire is to be able to communicate this visually, and in doing so, I discover more about myself and my connection to this universe we live in."


On Reuther Mall:
Solar Cube
wood, plexi-glass, mirror, led lights
Todd Stovall, BS, Electrical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University

"As an artist and electronic music composer, I combine principles of hip-hop, minimalist design and spiritual awareness into ambient but engaging beats, patterns and landscapes. General themes that are incorporated within the objects I construct are metal, wood materials and Plexiglas. Areas of focus are furniture design, light fixtures and Avant-guard projects for exploration. Main influences for my projects are pop art, minimalism and music. I was aco-founder of the well-received underground art house Fi-nite Gallery. The infusion of engineering, design and artistic expression are my motivations to create." Inspiration for Solar Cube:  "Minimalist design that incorporates a natural resource has been a long time goal of mine. With use of the sun, this project suggests that a partnership with our eco-system should be the top priority. Technological advancement is a wonderful and dangerous cycle that will take one block at a time to focus economic resources on natural adaptation to maintain a balance with this planet."




Learn about the inaugural, 2011, WSU Campus Art Installation Award.