Registration deadline for library’s art and science sculpture contest is Sept. 18
Celebrate art and science and have fun creating a sculpture using recycled items, a solar yard lamp and a discarded book. Stop by the Christiansburg Library before Sept. 18 to register and pick up a Sculpture Starter Bag and rules for the sculpture contest. Contest categories are ages 9-12, 13-17, 18 and older; and family or group (classmates, work colleagues, neighborhood, etc.).
Entries will be judged by guest artist Rebecca Kamen who will award prizes at an Art & Science Celebration on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Christiansburg Library, 125 Sheltman St. The library will provide drinks and cookies, and all those who attend may bring a picnic and lawn chair or blanket. The celebration will conclude with a star-gazing activity led by Jack Brockway, Radford University associate professor of physics and director of the Selu Observatory.
Kamen is a professor of art at Northern Virginia Community College and is the 2011-2013 Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor of the Virginia Community College System. She is also a recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, and a Strauss Fellowship. She served as an artist in residence with the National Institutes of Health during the summer of 2012. Her recent large-scale sculpture installation, “Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden,” has been informed by wide-ranging research into chemistry, cosmology, spirituality and philosophy. She has also investigated rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, utilizing scientific collections as a muse in the creation of her work.
The public is invited to Kamen’s exhibit, lecture and reception on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology Studio, Collegiate Square, Blacksburg. Kamen’s residency in the New River Valley also includes presentations for students of the visual arts, sound and media at Virginia Tech and interactive activities for a group of Montgomery County Public School students and teachers in a program coordinated by Patricia Gaudreau, supervisor for science, health, and physical education.
Kamen’s residency is presented by the Christiansburg Library in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Center for the Arts, and School of Visual Arts. For more information, contact Pamela Hale or Jenny Barrowclough at the Christiansburg Library, 382-6965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Event information and links to Rebecca Kamen’s art work can be found on Christiansburg Library’s Facebook page.
– Submitted by Linda Spivey, Programs Coordinator, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library
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