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Student Artwork Decorates JALC Campus

Ceramic sculptures created by the students in JALC Art Instructor Molly Alter’s beginning ceramics class are being displayed temporarily in the new courtyard between the cafeteria and the communications wing at John A. Logan College. (Logan Media Services photo)

Ceramic sculptures created by the students in JALC Art Instructor Molly Alter’s beginning ceramics class are being displayed temporarily in the new courtyard between the cafeteria and the communications wing at John A. Logan College. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Art students at John A. Logan College have added an artistic touch to the campus. Their ceramic sculptures were recently installed around the new courtyard between the cafeteria and the communications wing.

The sculptures were the result of an assignment in JALC Art Instructor Molly Alter’s beginning ceramics class.

“I had each of my students create 12 ceramic spheres – three that were five inches in diameter, five that were four inches in diameter, and four that were three inches in diameter,” Alter said. “Then they were asked to use those spheres to create a piece of art that would be appropriate for display in an outdoor garden area.

“When I was designing the assignment, I knew that I really wanted the pieces to be set up somewhere outdoors for everyone to see and enjoy,” she continued. “Logan has such a beautiful campus so I approached our department chair about putting up temporary installations of the students’ artwork on the campus grounds. We then talked to our dean and Dwight Hoffard (director of buildings and grounds), and everyone was very supportive of the idea.”

Alter said she plans to have other temporary art installations on campus.

This is another ceramic sculpture on display in the courtyard at Logan. (Logan Media Services photo)

This is another ceramic sculpture on display in the courtyard at Logan. (Logan Media Services photo)

“In the spring semester, Drew Tucker (Logan art instructor) and I are planning to combine our two-dimensional design and three-dimensional design classes,” Alter said. “The students from each class will be paired up and work on their projects together. We’re planning to have some projects that will be displayed outdoors on campus because it’s a great way to showcase the students’ work.”

Alter said she would one day like to see permanent sculptures erected on campus.

“In the future, I think it would be nice if we had a competition for the students to participate in each year for the opportunity to create a permanent sculpture for Logan,” she said. “I think that would be something very positive for the students to get involved in, and eventually the campus will be full of the students’ work.”