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University Village Colorado's Sculpture Scholarship

UVC began a scholarship program for UCCS sculpture students in 2011.  Two UCCS sculpture students per academic year will be selected and awarded the scholarship to include having their works designed, built and installed along North Nevada Avenue creating an "art walk" as part of the scholarship.  Below you will see photos of the sculptures, to include the artists' description and their inspiration of their works.

 "Evolution"
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"Evolution" by Debra Zelenak (2011)

Whether one believes in the theory of evolution or that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, one cannot argue that man has had an effect on the natural world and has learned to adapt its many resources for out many needs.

When I created this sculpture, I could see the mountains in the background through the steel frames.  In a sense, I see it as a "DNA" strand of the mountain range.  The granite in the rocks coming from the mountains combined with the steel represents the industrialization that has occurred.  The cable that holds the rocks in place also represents how man has tamed the natural environment for our own uses.

Look through the frames, how do you see the natural world around you?

 

"Molded Earth"
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"Molded Earth" by Lisa Cross (2011)

The significance of this sculpture is the fact that this piece was created entirely on site at UVC at the location that is now Hacienda Colorado.  It was truly molded from the earth as the title implies.

 

"Treehouse"
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“Treehouse” by Brett Wilson (2012)

Having attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for the last three years, I have witnessed the construction of University Village Colorado Shopping Center and anticipated the new restaurants and stores.  Because of its name, its location adjacent to UCCS, and because of the services utilized by UCCS students, I would like to create a sculpture that asserts this relationship between UVC with UCCS.  A sculpture that evokes a connection to UCCS as well as a sense of community that UVC provides through its services, picnic areas, and organization of events like the Farmer’s Market.

 

"Seeing Secondaries"
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“Seeing Secondaries” by Taylor Stamp (2012)

I’m fascinated with nature and all the beauty it holds; from its vast landscapes to the colors and light that are seen every day.  Yet I am deeply interested in technology and how it is rapidly progressing and advancing.  I am always in conflict with myself about these two concepts; how they are so opposite, how I struggle to find a balance between the two, and how they can’t exist without greatly affecting each other.  I use technology to explore the beauty in nature and phenomena, such as light and color in a minimal way, evoking the beauty in both creating an experience of technology and nature in harmony.

 

"Parabolic Abstractions"
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“Parabolic Abstractions” by Patrick Bohnen (2013)

This type of form has been a constant interest of mine.  I am very interested in how the intersecting lines create an implied plane despite being two-dimensional.  I feel, as well, like it is a very dynamic form that is filled with energy and movement.

 

"Wonder Lust"
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“Wonder Lust” by Elizabeth Raitz (2013)

This piece is inspired by the energy and livelihood of University Village.  Thus, I have created a sculpture that bursts with joy.  People of all walks of life have a space to come together, find nourishment, companionship, entertainment, and view amazing art.  Airy and loud, this piece is simply an expression of delight and happiness.

 

"Take Flight"
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“Take Flight” by Stacy Sprewer (2014)

Take Flight embodies the UCCS slogan “Reaching Higher” by capturing the beautiful motion of a flock of birds ascending.

 

"Man Apart"
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"Man Apart" by Benjamin Smith (July 2014)

As humanity races through life, we lose a part of ourselves.

 

"Colorado Beauty"
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"Colorado Beauty" by Margie Romero Rick (June 2015)

I feel that the Columbine represents the State of Colorado as well as the Pike's Peak region.  The sculpture will attract people to the area as it would be a one of a kind and unique representation of Pike's Peak and Colorado Springs' importance to the State of Colorado history.  Native to Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Columbine had blue-violet petals and spurs, a white cup and a yellow center.  Blue is a symbol of the sky, white represents snow, and yellow symbolizes Colorado's gold mining history.  Discovered in 1820 on Pike's Peak by mountain climber Edwin James, the Rocky Mountain Columbine was designated the official state flower in 1899.

 

"Always Their Son"
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"Always Their Son" by Sara Grace Cofield (June 2015)

Time is multifaceted, it is fleeting and abundant simultaneously.  Shadows and time are inevitably mingled, they move with each other.  The piece itself showcases this interaction of the passage of time and its accompanied shadows.  As the time of day changes so does the interaction of shadows.  UVC is the perfect location for the work, which contains the Colorado flag to symbolize the strength of community and love for the state as well as the silhouetted image of a young child.  I believe communities must help raise children together, for they become our future.  The image of the child holds personal meaning for me.  It is the silhouette of my brother who died in Iraq in 2011 serving in the United States Army.  Strong community ties allowed for my family to grieve but to also celebrate his life and the lives of those who gave their all to protect our home and freedom of speech.  The piece is sectioned together, symbolizing the strength community gives to an individual to stand tall.  The work is a message to show pride for our home, for our community and for our future.

"Sprocket Power"
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"Sprocket Power" by Ian Alexandrozicz (June 2016)  

The inspiration for this sculpture came from riding my mountain bike around Colorado Springs.  Sprocket Power is a component of the bicycle culture that represents the transfer of human energy to mechanical propulsion.

"Towards a Blended Consciousness"
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"Towards a Blended Consciousness" by Tamara Mauldin (June 2016)

"Towards a Blended Consciousness" sprang from my exploration of the masculine and feminine parts of my psyche; I chose fish to explore the psychological horizon where the lines between the two gendered archetypes blur because I find fish to be evocative of both feminine creativity and masculine strength.  The forms blur, twist and bend around one another to reach for a shining orb in the same way I sensed them merge in in my own subconscious, resulting in a more stable, unified whole.

 

"Between the Stars"
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"Between the Stars" by EB Jauer (May 2017)

The concept for "Between the Stars" was born from a love of Colorado Springs renowned kinetic artist Starr Kempf.  It is my hope that this is a fitting tribute to the skill and beauty he contributed to our city.

I see this work as not only a memorial to my loved ones but hopefully as a source of inspiration and beauty for the whole community.  I feel that there are a variety of ways that people could interpret this design.  It could speak to mankind's aspirations to explore the stars or enhance the sense of patriotism in a town with a strong military presence, or it might remind someone of the amazing meteor showers we get to witness every year at our high elevation.

 

"Synchronicity"
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"Synchronicity" by Jansen Howard (May 2017)

I have always found a great deal of peace in learning about the intrinsic synchronicities that exist all around us.  It has consistently intrigued me to know how every aspect of the universe fits together so perfectly; I am humbled to be so small.  Although we, as a species, yearn to be in control of every aspect of our existence, in this world of fast moving chaos, it is essential to take a step back and appreciate the things that are larger and greater, that which is outside of our realm of control.

"Synchronicity" is a geometric form with a very interesting meaning behind it.  It is the visual depiction of how the moon and the earth relate mathematically; the moon circling the square.  If the moon were to be brought down to the earth, a circle through the moon would be equal in circumference to the perimeter of a square placed around the earth.

The "Art Walk"
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