Finding the path to artistic appreciation
By Ginger Miller
Acquiring fine works of art for display on the Utah State University campus is the purpose of the Pathway to the Arts program.
It is a vision held by Present George H. Emert for the university and the community it serves. Placing works of art on campus creates a visual reminder for students, faculty and the public of the spirit of USU, its mission as a land grant university and the diversity of cultures who attend, said Charles Gay, chairman of the committee.
³As you walk though campus you get a feel for all these different connections though these visual reminders of works of art on campus,² Gay said.
Currently there are 20 pieces of Art work on campus. A new sculpture tilted ³Reverence² will be added as soon as weather permits. According to Gay this piece will be moved to several different sites before a permanent site is chosen.
³The idea is to bring art work to campus that represent a broad spectrum of taste,² Gay said. Although they try not to offend people pieces in the collection some are intended to stretch the viewer, he said.
There are representational pieces such as the Meet the Challenge Bull to more contemporary works as the Pivotal Concorde which is located east of the Business Building.
Even when someone acknowledges their distaste for a sculpture, Gay said they have at least thought about art.
³Art is nothing less than the study of our civilization,² Emert said. Maybe while a visitor is walking and observing they will see something that touches their heart in a way that only art can, he said.
Visiting all 20 sculptures is a one and a half mile heart walk. It is suggested that you begin at the Aggie ³A² located north of Old Main. A map of the locations can be picked up at the information desk in the Taggart Student Center, or look at the Pathway¹s website http://www.hass.usu.edu/arts/pathway/index1.htm for more information and a guided map.