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Art professor’s work chosen in regional sculpture competition

GERONIMO SUGAR POPSA porcelain work by Muskingum University Associate Professor of Art Ken McCollum has been selected in the juried HWD (Height, Width, Depth) 2012 Sculpture Competition exhibition.

Professor McCollum’s work, Geronimo Sugar Pops, was selected from artists in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.  In all, 38 artists submitted 91 pieces, of which only 39 works were selected by 27 artists.

Those works will be exhibited in the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering, Ohio, from November 5 to December 14, with a public reception on November 4.  The gallery was established in 1986 in the Rosewood Arts Centre and specializes in the exhibition of contemporary art by local, regional and national artists.

Geronimo Sugar Pops is a porcelain piece representing a cereal box.  In his narrative for the competition, Professor McCollum described the theme by saying, “The illustrations on each surface are intended to tell the story of Geronimo and his conflicts with the U.S. government. On the rear side is a map of Florida, where he was imprisoned at Fort Pickens in the Florida panhandle. The idea of a cereal box with Geronimo as the theme refers to the concept of creating cheap images in today’s social structure from historically important individuals.”

Professor McCollum joined the Muskingum University faculty in 2000.  He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Phillips University, his master’s degree from West Texas State University and his mater of fine arts degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  He is chair of the Art Department at Muskingum.