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Perspectives on Student-Led Public Art on Campus

“Sum of All Parts” was created by Annie Ulrich ’13 and funded by CAPP.


November 15, 2017

When Annie Ulrich ’13 describes Atwater Dining Hall, she describes a space that carries a magical dimension mirroring the fantastically bright world of the movie “La La Land.” Ulrich created “Sum of All Parts,” a public art piece at Atwater Dining that fills its high ceiling with more than ei...

Rising from the Ashes: How the College’s Public Art Policy Emerged from a Violent Act of Vandalism

Rising from the Ashes: How the College’s Public Art Policy Emerged from a Violent Act of Vandalism

By Emilie Munson

March 16, 2016

On the eve of Commencement 1985, a student crept into the meadow where McCardell Bicentennial Hall stands today, took a blowtorch to a tall, boxy sculpture and burned it. The sculpture, a four-sided closet-sized metal building with panels of six playing cards on one side and an entrance door painted...

Vito Acconci: “Way Station” and Art of Subversion

Vitto Acconci, “Way Station I (Study Chamber),” newly rebuilt at its location by the CFA. (Courtesy/Jonathan Blake)

By Joy Zhu

November 13, 2013

“It was in ’67, ’68, when the U.S. was making great efforts to invade Vietnam that I realized that religion and politics — these abstractions — were what caused people to do these things. So I wanted to do the opposite. I wanted to show people something concrete.” Vito Acconci, renowned artist...

Art on Campus

“Smog,” created by late Tony Smith, was constructed along with Bicentennial Hall in 2000. It resembles a smog molecule yet displays mathematical beauty. (Courtesy/Andrew Robinson)

By Jiayi Zhu

December 1, 2012

In the fall of 1994, Middlebury’s President Emeritus John McCardell Jr. and the College’s Board of Trustees instituted the “One Percent for Art” policy. This policy sets aside one percent of the cost of any capital project — including the construction of new buildings and the renovation of existi...

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