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Commissioned Art Project

Date: January 26, 2005

Mark R. Smith, Artist

Social Science Division Reception, Wednesday, January 26, 4:30-7 p.m.

Remarks by artist, 5:00 p.m.

Lobby, John R. Howard Hall

Through a juried process led by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland artist Mark R. Smith was commissioned in 2003 to create an art installation for the College’s newest building, John R.Howard Hall. Because the social sciences epitomize the idea of community, this artwork reflects a collective process in its creation. Smith collected actual materials from Lewis & Clark students, faculty and staff to incorporate into the art. Furthermore, just as Howard Hall’s construction stresses environmental consciousness and sensitivity, Smith used recycled and donated material for the project. Displayed in hallways on the main floor and above the grand stairwell landing, the artwork consists of a series of shadow boxes focusing on the individual’s role in the community at large, international newspapers about communication and cultural exchange, and the use of woven and dyed fabric of all styles and cultural backgrounds for a mural-sized painting about collective survival, based on the model of a patchwork quilt.

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