Sept. 13, 2010
Student, faculty artwork unveiled at Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The artwork consists of a sculpture called "Untitled" by Northwest student Vladimir Younger and a series of paintings by Northwest faculty member Armin Mühsam. The paintings are titled "Permitted Deviations," "RFS," "Sleipnir" and "Third Angle Projection."
For an audio slideshow of the unveiling, click here.
The sculpture is located at the CIE's north entrance. The paintings are located inside the CIE's atrium and in the lobby area of the building's west business wing.
The artwork was selected last spring during separate student and faculty competitions sponsored by Northwest's College of Arts and Sciences. Artists provided drawings of their intended artwork. A committee then reviewed the work and selected the pieces for commission.
During the unveiling ceremony, Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, recalled ways in which the arts and sciences have been blended, from Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of machines to Albert Einstein's interest in playing the violin.
"That's the spirit of (the CIE) and the spirit of Northwest - bringing together opportunities, not just in the arts and a sciences but within innovation and entrepreneurship," McAdams said.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said the artwork also symbolizes the interaction among students and teachers at the University.
"It's a collaboration behind those innovators and entrepreneurs, scientists and artists, as well as faculty and students," Jasinski said. "That interaction goes so deep at Northwest Missouri State University."
Younger said he devised the sculpture, made from sheet metal, after studying the geometric structure of the CIE's architecture.
"I wanted it to be a purely formal piece reflecting on the architecture of the building," Younger said. "I realized there was a lot of architectural elements to the building, and I wanted the sculpture to reflect that without disappearing into the building. I also wanted to have fun with it, not just rigid right angles everywhere. I modified it to clearly be a work of art."
Like Younger, Mühsam also studied the CIE's architecture before composing his paintings. Mühsam said his paintings represent the creative thinking involved in the scientific research process.
"The composition of my paintings on the one hand represent science and technology in their functional manifestation, but on the other hand the contraptions and the mechanisms they portray are in a sense dream-like or visionary; they were both planned and executed by somebody who is not a trained scientist or an engineer," Mühsam said.
McAdams encouraged visitors to continuously reflect on and be inspired by the art at the CIE.
"These works are beautiful, but art is more than beauty," McAdams said. "Art can inspire us. Art is about symbolizing or representing those thoughts and feelings that we have, that we cannot put into words. With art like this you have the opportunity to view this art and see something different, see something new, have something else revealed to you every time you see it."
About Vladimir Younger
Vladimir Younger is a senior art major and a 2005 graduate of Maryville High School. He was born in Uzlovaya, Russia, and moved to Maryville in 1995.
Younger specializes in sculpting and painting. His paintings also were featured in a student show at The Station last year.
About Armin Mühsam
Mühsam, associate professor of painting and drawing, joined the Northwest faculty in 2000 as the director of the painting program. He is responsible for teaching all levels of painting. He also teaches all levels of drawing and oversees the drawing program.
Mühsam holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Montana State University in Bozeman. He taught painting and drawing at Munich Community College and at various private art schools, and was the editor for the visual arts section of "Applaus," a monthly magazine covering Munich's cultural scene.
Since arriving at Northwest, Mühsam has had more than 25 solo shows in the U.S. and abroad, was featured in more than 20 invitational exhibitions and so far had his work included in more than 100 national juried shows. Mühsam has been a visiting artist or panelist at more than 20 schools or conferences. He is a member of College Art Association and Mid-America College Art Association. He is represented by the William Havu Gallery in Denver, Colo., Sherry Leedy Gallery in Kansas City, Mo, Albright Art+Craft in Concord, Mass., and Galerie Lichtpunkt in Munich, Germany.
About the Center for Innovation & EntrepreneurshipThe CIE is a regional economic development initiative that provides assistance to existing small businesses and encourages development of new small businesses. The 46,679-square-foot facility contains four lab analysis research areas, a shared scientific instrument room, 9,000 square feet of tenant office space, a product distribution center, a staff training area, a seminar room and CIE staff offices. The academic wing embraces more than 16,000 square feet of highly specialized, state-of-the-art teaching and research labs and offices.
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