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VanderWeg work is part of university sculpture exchange

April 15, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Phillip VanderWeg, chair of the Western Michigan University Department of Art, recently completed a project as part of a sculpture exchange program involving WMU and Bradley and Milliken universities.

Each institution had one sculptor visit and build an exterior piece with the help of students from the host school. VanderWeg conducted his project at Bradley, where he met with key students to be involved and began working the next day. He also met with three classes taught by Bradley instructor Fisher Stolz.

Made of painted wood VanderWeg's piece is titled "Shelter Shift 04.03." It is a brightly colored, house-like structure measuring 8 feet by 15 feet by 13 feet.

"It was interesting how quickly certain elements of campus adopted the piece," VanderWeg says. "It became a backdrop for a course in existentialism about an hour after we finished working on it. The students working with me were of great help, as well as a couple of art faculty members."

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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