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Art in Surprising Places

Four new installments of public art have popped up on the Angelo State campus within the last two years. Each is associated with a construction project, and each construction project was funded in part or entirely by donor contributions.

Since Angelo State joined the Texas Tech University System, the TTU System Public Art Program has brought seven public art installments to campus. The Public Art Program was initiated by the Board of Regents in 1998 as an investment in the campus environments at each of the system’s institutions. Through the program, public artworks are funded using one percent of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Artists for these projects are commissioned through this program.

These seven installments joined existing artwork. Already on campus were “The Quest,” a sculpture by Lincoln Fox dedicated to the memory of Dr. Lloyd D. Vincent, the longest-serving president in Angelo State’s history, and statues of a bronze ram and ewe at the Junell Center’s main entrance, sculpted by Raul Ruiz. Other art includes “A-S-Ewe,” part of the Downtown San Angelo Association’s Sheep Spectacular, painted by Ruiz, and chainsaw carvings of Roscoe, Dominic and the University Seal by Cam Dockery of Whitharral.

The Latest Four

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Artist:  Kinney Franke Architects, Texas, and Doyle Dickerson Terrazzo, North Carolina

The Hunter Strain Engineering Laboratories opened in fall 2017 with much gratitude and excitement about the prospects for new engineering students. Along with that project came a beautiful and colorful terrazzo floor in the lobby as part of the TTU System Public Art Program. The floor depicts a bird’s-eye view of the three Concho Rivers snaking across the Concho Valley to become one. The piece’s title represents San Angelo’s map coordinates.

Dominic - The Rambouillet Ram Dominic - The Rambouillet Ram

Artist: Bob Guelich, Texas

With the construction of the Mayer Press Box at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field and a gift from Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand, a 6-foot-tall, 8-foot-long bronze statue of our mascot, “Dominic – The Rambouillet Ram,” was crafted. He sits near the path from the Junell Center exit to the football field and track, so student-athletes can give him a pat for good luck in their respective sports. Dominic is modeled after a previous national champion show ram for Angelo State, and his namesakes have served as the ASU mascot for generations.

Cube-i Cube-i

Artist: Owen Morrel, New York

Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, “Cube-i” sits next to the Health and Human Services Building. It is a mirrored, stainless steel piece that measures 24-feet long, 11-feet tall and 8-feet wide. Morrell intended the piece to complement the HHS Building’s geometric architecture and make navigating through the health center site a fanciful and unique experience. “The mirrored components on ‘Cube-i’ add a unique interactive quality that must be experienced in person,” said Emily Wilkinson, Public Art Program director. The dynamic HHS Building was completed in early 2018 with “Cube-i” following in December 2018.

Confluence Confluence

Artist: Frank Swanson, Colorado

“Confluence” represents the melding of ideas that are brought together in the fertile grounds of a university setting. The central pieces of the sculpture, cut from the same block, are separate but interconnecting, representing the circles of conversations and ideas that are swirling amongst the faculty and students. The sculpture also depicts the curled horns of the Rambouillet ram, allowing it to pay tribute to the rich heritage of Angelo State University and the West Texas ranching region. “Confluence” was added to the Centennial Village Residence Complex as part of construction of a new wing, Centennial II.