Columbia, Tenn. – August 19, 2011) - - - The Columbia State Community College campus is the new home for The Graduate and Cross This, two stainless steel sculptures by Chattanooga artist, Isaac Duncan III. The dedication of the sculptures will take place Wednesday, September 7 at the Columbia State Foundation on the Columbia Campus.
The sculptures, which have been an artist-loan for two years, were recently purchased for the College by past president, Dr. O. Rebecca Hawkins and Dr. and Mrs. Sam Kuykendall. Lucy Kuykendall, curator for Columbia State’s Pryor Art Gallery, was instrumental in bringing these works to the college campus.
“Students work to graduate and cross into a brighter future because of their experiences at Columbia State,” said Lucy Kuykendall. “The Graduate and Cross This embody those ideals, while they challenge all to think in new directions or to simply enjoy a walk across the grounds.” The Kuykendall’s and Dr. Hawkins, all strong supporters of the arts, decided that the sculptures must remain as symbols of the mission of the college.
“I am pleased to be able to gift sculptor Issac Duncan’s stainless steel sculpture, The Graduate, to Columbia State through the college’s foundation. Graduation and annual commencement exercises have always been a particularly special time of the academic year for me,” said Dr. Hawkins, Columbia State president emeritus. “It is my hope that The Graduate will raise the level of students’ appreciation for and help them better recognize the importance of “the arts” in their lives. As importantly, I hope The Graduate will inspire students to continue to learn, grow, develop, and become college graduates themselves.”
Duncan, a Brooklyn, NY native holds a bachelors of fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame, a certification of secondary art education from St. Mary’s College, and an M.F.A. from the University of Kentucky. He has held artist-in-residencies in Michigan, Illinois, and Tennessee and has worked with other notable national and international artists to complete and to install their pieces (Richard Hunt, El Anatusi, Chakaia Booker, John Henry, and most recently Mickett/Stackhouse at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga). He has taught at Chattanooga State Community College and at sculpture workshops around the country, while he fabricates his own pieces at Duncan Sculpture and Services in Chattanooga. His commissioned pieces are in private and public collections, his work has garnered awards in juried competitions across the United States, and he is active in both national and international sculptural associations, as well as the City of Chattanooga Public Arts Committee. “Isaac Duncan is an involved artist, and Columbia State is proud of our involvement with him,” said Mrs. Kuykendall.
The Pryor Art Gallery is located in the Waymon L. Hickman building on Columbia State’s Columbia Campus. The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The gallery is also open on weekends during special events. For more information on the events held in Pryor Gallery, call (931) 540-2883.