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Art at the LRC

Interactive Learning, Brick Bas-Relief Sculpture


brick bas-relief sculpture - flying water fowl
Brick Bas-Relief Sculpture


The Artist: The sculpture “Interactive Learning” was created by artist Donna Dobberfuhl.  A resident of San Antonio, Texas and a nationally known sculptor, Dobberfuhl has created pieces for  Busch Gardens, Old Dominion University, the University of Connecticut,  Biscayne National Park, the National P.O.W. Museum, the University of Houston, and the United States Air Force Academy among her many commissions.  

The Process: Dobberfuhl created her brick bas-relief pieces by first meeting with a college committee, and completing a series of drawings from small sketches to full-sized drawings that served as models and templates for the brick. When she was satisfied with the sculpture plan, she traveled to Nebraska in order to take advantage the unique qualities of the Endicott brick available there. She feels that the clay, found only in that region of the United States, has a beautiful plasticity to it that makes it ideal for sculpture. While in Nebraska, she carved the brick, and oversaw the disassembly of the bricks and firing of the sculpture. The piece was reassembled in Nebraska after firing in order to verify the process was completed successfully, the bricks were marked for reassembly, and taken apart again for shipping to the college. She then traveled with the brick to the Learning Resource Center, where, working with a local brick layer, she assembled “Interactive Learning” onsite over a three week period of time.  

The Installation: “Interactive Learning” consists of four different panels. In each panel, one of the four classical elements (fire, earth, wind, water) is paired with an aspect of the quest for greater knowledge and understanding. Each panel is ten feet tall, and between twenty-two and twenty-eight feet wide. Mosaic tile accents the brickwork; the colors used in that tile emphasize the elemental theme of each section of the sculpture.

Fire and Imagination - Brick bas-relief sculpture
Fire and Imagination
Earth and Wisdom
Earth and Wisdom
Wind and Conversation
Wind and Conversation
Water and Contemplation
Water and Contemplation




Fire and Imagination: The northeast panel shows the fire visual element paired symbolically with the concept of human imagination. Dobberfuhl feels that human imagination is a powerful tool that we use to facilitate change in our lives. In the panel, we are presented with a floating figure surrounded by bright red, yellow, and orange mosaic tiles representing sparks, and metaphorically, ideas. It is only through imagination and research that we may generate the ideas necessary to create positive change.






Earth and Wisdom: The southeast panel depicts the relationship between the earth element and wisdom. In Dobberfuhl’s words, wisdom is connected to the earth in the piece because it can be "attributed to a solid foundation, and expanse of time, and the strong rhythms of the earth". The seated figure in the panel represents wisdom, which is being passed on to the young figures as they float forward into the unknown.







Wind and Conversation: The southwest panel connects the visual symbol of wind with the idea of conversation between people. Dobberfuhl says that in the panel we see that "words travel on the patterns of the wind." We form these patterns through speech, and communication is a critical component of the human experience. Here the mosaic pieces are in soft pastel colors representing the idea that the wind may be invisible but the effects are still felt in many ways, just as spoken words are.







Water and Contemplation:  The northwest panel shows water paired with contemplation.  Dobberfuhl says:  "Contemplation is the invisible power behind discovery." In an environment where contemplation is possible, our thoughts can flow freely as water does as it flows from a river into the ocean. The panel is filled with visual elements that are symbolic of water and sea life, which are very important to our community.


The “Interactive Learning” panels were completed in April before the LRC building opening in May 2003. Click here to read �Interactive Learning� as described by sculptor Donna Dobberfuhl.







Amphora excavated in Bodrum Bay, Turkey, unofficially dated 300 B.C.


Amphora excavated in Bodrum Bay, Turkey, unofficially dated 300 B.C.
Amphora, circ 300 B.C.


The amphora was excavated in Bodrum Bay, Turkey, unofficially dated 300 B.C. It was given to the College in memory of Sarah Carnegie Pike, in June 1969. It is located at the first floor stairs.

Amphoras were commonly used by ancient Greek and Roman merchants to transport olive oil, wine, grains, and other commodities.







Abstract paintings by Art Professor emeritus Trevor Bell


paintings by Art Professor emeritus Trevor Bell
Artist: Professor Trevor Bell


The bright abstract paintings are by Art Professor emeritus Trevor Bell. A native of England, Bell taught at Florida State University for many years and has now returned to that country to spend his retirement years near Leeds. His works have been exhibited around the world, and his pieces that are part of the permanent collections of the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They are located on a wall at the second floor catwalk.




Antique Clock


Antique Clock
Antique Clock


The antique clock to the right of the circulation desk was a gift to the College by the Kelly family in memory of Howard Kelly in 1972. We do not have fully documentation on its history, but we do know that it is of a style known as 'German grotesque' that was popular in Germanic countries in the late 19th century, and that the carvings on the case resemble the Austria-Hungary symbol. It was likely manufactured in either England or Germany.







Quilt Commemorates College's 40th Anniversary


quilt commemorating college's 40th anniversary
Quilt Commemorates College's 40th Anniversary


The large quilt hanging near the stairs is a project commemorating the College�s 40th anniversary. The images in the quilt are drawn from the school's history, programs, buildings and achievements. Communications professor Julie Nichols organized the quilt project, and more than twenty people from both school and community worked on its construction.