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August 30, 2005

Sculpture Exhibition To Be Installed at Farmingdale State

The Long Island Professional Sculptors and Supporters, an organization of professional sculptors headquartered in Fort Salonga, will loan sculptures to Farmingdale State University of New York for an entire academic year.

The exhibition will open on Saturday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. outside of Horton Hall. The exhibition will officially close the weekend of May 13, 2006. All sculptures will be located in one of three areas: the indoor gallery of Horton Hall, the outdoor area outside of Horton Hall, and the large field that serves as a median fronting both Horton Hall and University Police. The community is invited to view them.

Approximately 20 outdoor sculptures and 12 indoor sculptures will be on display.  One of the most dramatic sculptures was created by David Haussler in the aftermath of 9/11. It depicts the towers on fire, just after a plane has struck. This three-dimensional sculpture, which stands nearly eight feet tall, was made possible from public funds from the New York Council of the Arts. In discussing his project, Mr. Haussler said, "My idea was to create a symbol frozen in time when we as a nation realized that our world was changed forever." The public will be invited to record memories in a hand-bound, leather journal that will accompany the sculpture.

The Sculpture Exhibition Committee members include LIPSS sculptors David Haussler and Kelly Diaz as well as Farmingdale State Art Department Chair Wayne Krush, Ornamental Horticulture Professor Paul Fogelberg, Use of Facilities Coordinator Erik Smiles and Sociology Professor Mary Kirby Diaz.  Plans for this exhibition have been underway for over a year.

As is standard with any art exhibition, all sculptures are for sale, and a percentage of the sale price will be donated to the Farmingdale Foundation. The Farmingdale Foundation is a non-profit corporation developed to advance the mission of Farmingdale State by providing help with projects and facilities not supported by the State budget.

During the year, the committee will schedule art tours with local schools when artists will be present to discuss their work. It is anticipated that Farmingdale State professors will also schedule tours for their classes.

For more information on the exhibit, please contact Professor Kirby Diaz at 631-420-2763.