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"Fusion," an outdoor sculpture exhibit by senior art major Dustin Koopman, is being displayed on the Northwest campus throughout this month. The exhibit includes six towering sculptures Koopman cut, bent, welded and ground down by hand to create textures on each surface.

"Fusion," an outdoor sculture exhibit by senior art major Dustin Koopman, is being displayed on the Northwest campus throughout this month. The exhibit includes six towering sculptures Koopman cut, bent, welded and ground down by hand to create textures on each surface. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Advancement)

April 5, 2011

Art student showcases sculptures on campus

By Brooke Assel, media relations assistant

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University student Dustin Koopman will host a reception to discuss his senior show on display on the lawn in front of the J.W. Jones Student Union. The reception is 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9, and it is open to the public.

"Fusion" includes six towering sculptures that will be displayed on the Northwest campus until the end of May. The sculptures are made of fabricated sheet steel that Koopman cut, bent, welded and ground down by hand to create textures on each surface. They stand on concrete sidewalk slabs that have been placed on top of removed grass.

"It is intended for the viewer to feel slightly dwarfed by the pieces and drawn in by the contrast of surfaces and visual interest of each piece," Koopman said.

Koopman, who has been working with metal for about 12 years, mentally breaks down geometric and organic shapes like squares and arcs and reorganizes them to create visual interest through tension in each sculpture. Koopman says viewers may see a difference in his more recent sculptures because they are more pod-shaped whereas his earlier sculptures were more rigid.

Koopman said he invested about 100 to 150 hours working on the sculptures, which took about five months to complete.

When the exhibit ends in May, four of the pieces in "Fusion" are scheduled to be installed around the historic Nodaway County Courthouse and will be displayed there for about one year.

Koopman works in the University Police Department. He hopes to focus more on his artwork after he graduates with his bachelor of fine arts. After graduation, he plans to move to St. Joseph and begin working as a production supervisor for Cintas. 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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