Internationally-renowned sculptor's works on exhibit in Olin

Aycock created Roanoke's "The Solar Wind"

SALEM, Va. - Internationally-renowned sculptor Alice Aycock visited Roanoke College on October 29 to open her "Selected Projects from 1975-91: A Portfolio of Ten Silkscreen Prints" series at Roanoke College in Smoyer Gallery. The exhibition runs from October 29 through December 4 and coincides with the introduction of the campus's newly restored sculpture by Aycock, The Solar Wind. Aycock gave a public lecture when she was on campus. 

Completed early in Aycock's career (in 1983), The Solar Wind is from the artist series entitled A Theory of Universal Causality (Time/Creation Machines). The 31-foot outdoor structure is suggestive of an elaborate scientific apparatus, which grew out of Aycock's interest in linking modern technology with the historical past. See a model of it with movement here.

The Solar Wind is at the Life Science Plaza on campus and is the only public sculpture by Aycock in the state of Virginia. Roanoke College shares the distinction of having a permanent site-specific Aycock sculpture with the University of South Florida, University of Illinois, University of Michigan and JFK International Airport, among others.

Aycock has created installations at the Museum of Modern Art, New York ; the San Francisco Art Institute; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and widely outside the United States in countries including Israel, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Japan.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast" and U.S. News & World Report includes Roanoke on its "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges" list.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: October 27, 2010
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