An outdoor sculpture by California-based artist Betty Gold will be installed on Mary Baldwin University’s campus on Wednesday, May 10 and will be followed later in the evening by a lecture given by Gold on her work and women’s issues in the visual arts. The free slide lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Hunt Lounge.
Patrons of the artist, Mr. and Mrs. David Chatkin of Turtle Creek, PA, donated the sculpture to Mary Baldwin. The Chatkins, who annually donate pieces from Gold’s collection around the country, chose Mary Baldwin after Gold’s visit to campus last fall. The visit coincided with artist Melissa Miller’s (Mary Baldwin’s Doenges Visiting Artist) weeklong visit to campus. During the week of events, Gold met Paul Ryan, associate professor of art at Mary Baldwin, and the two spoke of the possibility of having one of Gold’s pieces displayed on the Staunton campus.
The sculpture, a five-foot, two-piece steel abstract construction, will be installed between the Deming Fine Arts Building and Kable Residence Hall. Gold, whose work is in numerous museum, corporate, and university collections, will be on hand to aid with the installation.
The sculpture is Mary Baldwin’s first outdoor sculpture, and the college’ s art department is hopeful that it is the beginning of a larger collection of outdoor public sculpture for the school’s campus.
The installation of the artwork will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10.