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Bill McGrath

City Administrator, City of Batavia, Illinois in Batavia

What Sculpture Gives to Me, What I Hope Sculpture Can Give to Everyone

PRESENTED ON MAY 12, 2016
IN BATAVIA @ VOL 3

Contemplating retirement after successive careers as an attorney then city administrator in his hometown of Batavia, Illinois, Bill McGrath has begun pursuing his love for art, specifically working in metal sculpture. Sculpture, like any artistic endeavor, presents the opportunity to express oneself to others, but also requires some emotional distance to remain true to one’s visions. He also shows how public art, sculpture in particular, can add to a community’s sense of place by speaking to values, history, and universal experiences, such as fear.

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Noh: The Sculpture of Time

BY JOHN OGLEVEE
@ VOL 103 ON MAY 29, 2013

Finding the "now" in the "then." Noh evokes the contemporary through its use of space, materials and lines resulting in a sculpture of time. Listen to John Oglevee explain all of these concepts, as part of the noh performances he performs himself for English-speaking audiences.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 6, 2013.

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Bike-Powered Kinetic Sculpture

BY RAYMOND RAWLS
@ VOL 10 ON AUG 01, 2014

Sculptors Raymond Rawls and Lorraine Duerden explore the potential for using abandoned, recycled bicycles as the foundation to create large-scale ambulatory kinetic sculpture. Here they speak about the creation process of these animal-themed rideable sculptures, and the community parades where they put them on display.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 14, 2014. 

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Clandestino Co. \ When Co-Workers Become Your Accomplices

BY ESTELA DUHART
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 14, 2015

Estela Duhart shows us what it looks like when a group of co-workers undertake an interactive sculpture project. Exploring the power of sound and color, the group used many layers of thermochromic paint and arduino boards to complete their sculpture in only one week. Originally from Mexico City, Estela explores how passion, trust, and collaboration makes coming to the office more intriguing and inspiring. 

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"Deus Ex Machina," "Hliehhan," "The Book," and Me

BY JIM JENKINS
@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

Commissioned by the Aurora (Illinois) Public Library to produce a piece of public sculpture that illustrates the intersection of art and technology, James G. Jenkins produced three distinct yet related works of art: an outdoor public sculpture, an indoor “time machine / desk,” and a large medieval manuscript-like, artist-made book of collages. The latter work, which the artist describes as “graphplotfictionfacttotems,” illustrates the journey of creation, fabrication, and installation of the artworks at the library. It is an intentional, repetitiously redundant, self-referential echo.

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Beyond Image and Sculpture

BY RENA LEINBERGER
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2016

Artist Rena Leinberger discusses how her artistic practice ambivalence might embrace moral dimensions.

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Shakespeare in Sculpture

BY JUDY SIGUNICK
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2016

Sculptor Judy Sigunick presents her large scale ceramic figurative work and how its inspired by the fiction of Shakespeare. Plus a little kimchi.

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Industrial Sculpture

BY JOE HENSEL
IN PITTSBURGH, PA

Joe Hensel, horder of industrial artifacts, talks about his recent projects and industrial sculpture. 

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SPACES Sculpture Trail

BY LISA BOLLINGER
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2018

Lisa Bollinger has been with Arts Huntsville for over four years and has served several roles, including her current position as Events Manager. Lisa coordinates events to include Concerts in the Park, Art Tour of Homes, the Monte Sano Arts Festival and Panoply and the most recent iteration of the SPACES Sculpture Trail in 2016, now getting ready for the next round in 2018.  Lisa doesn’t consider herself an artist but embraces and enjoys coordinating and organizing art events and supporting and working closely with artists.

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Shona Sculpture from Zimbabwe

BY ROSEMARY CHIMBGANDA
@ VOL 1 ON SEP 21, 2018

Rosemary Chimbganda is an expert and seller of the Shona sculpture from her native Zimbabwe. These sought after works, made with over 250 types of stone, are carefully carved by Shona artisans, carrying on a culturally rich tradition of artistry. In this talk she will introduce some of the sculptors of these works with pictures from her most recent trip to Zimbabwe.