Sculpture on Beatrice Campus to be presented Friday

Passage Sculpture
"Passage" is installed near the student center entrance to the Kennedy Center on SCC's Beatrice Campus.

A sculpture donated by the Hildegard Center for the Arts and L/LC Habitat for Humanity will be unveiled Friday during a Presentation Ceremony on the Beatrice Campus of Southeast Community College.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. near the student center entrance to the Kennedy Center on campus, located at 4771 W. Scott Road.

The sculpture is the work of Lincoln artist Mark Kuzara, who originally created it for the 2014 "Doorways to Hope" art project. Patrons for the work are Joe and Rita Kean, Tom and Sue Tallman, Olsson Associates, and the Abbott Sports Complex of Lincoln.

The sculpture, titled "Passage," is Kuzara's response to the patrons' charge to create works of art using doors in some fashion. Nineteen area artists, each with the help of a community group, and nationally known glass sculptor Therman Statom, created inspiring works of art. The doors were auctioned in October 2014, with a portion of the proceeds used to help build a new Habitat for Humanity Home called an "Art House Build" with a family in need under construction at 6110 Hartley St., Lincoln.

The ceremony will mark the final destination for the sculpture. With its message of "knowledge and hope for the future," the art is an excellent fit for the college campus. Kuzara, representatives from SCC and from the Hildegard Center for the Arts and L/LC Habitat for Humanity will be on hand for the ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public.

"Passage" is an outdoor sculpture composed of iron, with a patina for color and clear coat to protect it from the elements. It is approximately 7 feet long, 7 feet high and 4 feet wide and weighs approximately 700 pounds. The intent of the art is to be interactive.

The inspiration for the artist's work was a book cover, a "doorway" to a book. 

"Books represent knowledge," Kuzara said. "Just as doors protect the entrances or openings to buildings, cabinets, vehicles, etc., book covers protect the contents of the book. In that way, the cover of a book is the door to the book and therefore the doorway to knowledge. Knowledge is one key to providing hope for the future. The book represented in this sculpture is not necessarily a textbook. Essentially, all books lead to the gaining of knowledge, even books whose contents one does not agree with. It is up to each person viewing this sculpture to interpret what the book is and in fact what the sculpture means. The stairs and raised platform represent elevating oneself through the acquisition of knowledge and also represent the effort required in obtaining it."

The sculpture's value is estimated to be approximately $5,000.

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu