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AU student-created art installation on display at Herrick Library

A collaborative team of four Alfred University students are responsible for the "Found Object Installation" now on display at Herrick Memorial Library on campus.

Found Object is a form of sculpture which incorporates "used" materials. The AU student artists gathered common, everyday items, then altered them to create art.

Assistant Librarian Ellen Bahr contacted the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Art Major with an opportunity to decorate the wall in the Leandar Common Area at Herrick Library.

Professor Laurel Jay Carpenter assigned her upper-level class "The Good Stuff: Found Object in Sculpture, Installation and Performance" the task, to decorate the newly empty wall in the library. The choice to use books was most rational theme for a library, she said, adding, the students used books that were outdated and of poor quality.

Carpenter describes the final project as "gorgeous, colorful, lyrical, rhythmic, yet strong and sure."

The young artists whose work is on display are Nicole Magath, Syracuse; Tim Peters, Jamestown, N.Y.; Megan Brzustowicz, Washington, Penn.; and Ariel Rollins-Cohen, Amherst, Mass.

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