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Emeritus professor continues to create award-winning sculpture
2/27/09

A work by Glenn Zweygardt of Alfred Station, professor emeritus of sculpture at Alfred University, captured “Best of Show” honors in the third annual Kissimmee (FL) Sculpture Experience, an outdoor exhibit of original art running through October 2009 in historic downtown Kissimmee.

Zweygardt’s “Basalt Man” presents a combination of metal, stone, and glass. The basalt, or volcanic rock, in the piece came from Washington State, while the cast steel and cast glass were made in the National Casting Center at Alfred University.

An active sculptor and educator for some 38 years, Zweygardt has presented more than 50 solo exhibitions, showing his work both nationally and internationally. His sculptures are included in many university, museum, outdoor, and private collections. Pieces range from monumental outdoor creations to small, intimate works.

“Finding one’s place in a relationship with nature is the theme of my sculpture,” says Zweygardt. “I enjoy working with durable materials such as metal, stone, and glass. From these beginnings, a relationship between nature and myself is formed and developed. Further,” he continues, “I want to tell visual stories and comment on my collective life experiences. This need helps explain how my sculptures develop, working to make my thoughts and feelings more tangible.”

During the summer of 2008, Zweygardt participated in the 22nd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition in Boone, NC, with “Council Columns,” a steel, stainless steel, bronze, cast glass, and enameled steel piece. The event is a national juried competition presented by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University.

From Aug. 29 through Sept. 7, 2008, Zweygardt was one of 10 artists who participated in the third annual Stanstead (Quebec, Canada) Granite International Sculpture Symposium, completing a major granite sculpture within 10 days “Cosmic Column: was completed, accepted, and awarded the Artistic Innovation cash award and was installed on the grounds of the local university in Stanstead.

Earlier in the summer of 2008, Zweygardt collaborated with David Boyajian, Alfred University class of 1980, and artist Philip Douglas Heilman in a multi-generational show, “Evolution Constructed” at the Sculpture Barn, New Fairfield, CT, founded by Boyajian and his partner. The exhibit focused on construct, discipline, and territory of invention.

Also in 2008, Zweygardt was commissioned to create a sculpture in honor of Pam Matthews, painter and late wife of former Delta State University (Cleveland, MS) President David Potter. Zweygardt honors Matthews’ devotion to sculpture in “Pam Remembers,” a combination of stainless steel, cast bronze, and cast glass. Zweygardt currently has five pieces in Delta State’s collection.

Included among some of Zweygardt’s most recent national outdoor sculpture competition works are: “Bi Polar Hydra,” (2008-09) marble, cast bronze, cast glass; Purchase Award (2007-08, 2006-07); and Best of Show Award for “Skywedge,” steel, cast glass, and bronze, all at the Polk Museum of Art, Winter Haven, FL. “Skywedge” also won a Purchase Award in the Sculpture Walk at Kingsport, TN, 2007-08. He also had a one-artist show in the fall of 2007 at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, West Seneca, NY.

Zweygardt has works in permanent collections at the Hubei Fine Arts Academy, Wulhan, China; Temple University, Philadelphia; Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN; the Nelson Rockefeller Collections; and the Western Michigan University Outdoor Collection, Kalamazoo, MI, among others.

He earned a master of fine arts degree from The Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.