Visitors to McPherson College Miller Library will now be greeted by an artistic creation 10 sculpture students poured their talents into for a semester.


Visitors to McPherson College Miller Library will now be greeted by an artistic creation 10 sculpture students poured their talents into for a semester.

Ann Zerger, assistant professor of art, taught the sculpture class, where one of the projects focused on the professional practice of art. Zerger said the students learned to work together as a team, professionally present a concept to a client and successfully integrate artwork with its surroundings.

“It’s a good chance for them to present their ideas and show their craftsmanship,” Zerger said.

The result – installed in the library on April 20 – was 70 bas relief clay tiles that together create a panorama. This includes images of a sunrise, a winding tree and lions flanking the work named “Patience” and “Fortitude” – after the lions guarding the New York Public Library. A quote from Alexander Pope stretches across the length of the work: “Tis education forms the common mind, just as the twig is bent the tree is inclined.”

Bethany Schoenwetter, senior, McPherson, Kan., discovered in the class that there was a significant difference between creating art for yourself and creating art on commission for a public space.

“It’s more challenging,” she said.”You have to be willing to be flexible, too.”

Students working on the installation in the class included: Nicole Keagle, junior, McPherson, Kan.; Toney Derrick, junior, Salinas, Calif.; Heath Helmer, junior, Shawnee, Kan.; Cord Cunningham, freshman, Ottawa, Kan.; Lance Butler, freshman, Torrance, Calif.; Ashley Dameron, junior, Pratt, Kan.; Sadie Green, junior, Hutchinson, Kan.; Hailey Kinney, junior, Overland Park, Kan.; and Andrew Butcher, freshman, Atlantic, Iowa.