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March 19, 2009
The Northwest Department of Art's Visiting Artist Series concludes for the 2008-'09 academic year with a sculpture exhibit featuring works by Tom Stancliffe, a professor of art at the University of Northern Iowa.
Stancliffe's sculptures will be on display in the first-floor gallery space of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building from Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 24. The artist will show slides and talk about his work during a lecture and reception at 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, in DeLuce 244.
With a career in public art spanning more than 20 years, Stancliffe seeks to create forms that exist harmoniously with the architecture and landscape in which they are placed. The artist says his ultimate goal is to achieve a balance between site requirements and his own expectations for creative growth. The work engages various contexts -- historical, visual and functional -- of the sites of which his sculptures become apart.
His major installations include "To Wing" at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids. The three large-scale, semi-abstract forms are designed to symbolize seagulls circling overhead while the Wright Brothers attempt the world's first powered flight.
Stancliffe has also executed commissions for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority, the Illinois Art-in-Architecture program and the Iowa Percent for Art program. He holds a master's degree in fine arts from Northern Illinois University.
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