Caribou sighting outside the Johnson Theatre

steel and epoxy caribou sculpture

Wendy Klemperer, Caribou (Ihumataq), 2009, steel, epoxy, 138″ x 106″ x 80, photo by Lisa Nugent

Sure, caribou disappeared from NH about 150 years ago, but this one’s made of steel. Created by artist Wendy Klemperer, the caribou will be on exhibit through May of 2014. Currently outside the Johnson Theatre, in August of next year it will move to Mills Courtyard on the other side of the arts center where it will remain for a year as the second sculpture exhibition in the courtyard. The inaugural exhibition is on view now through May 2013 and features alumnus Gary Haven Smith’s carved granite sculptures.

“2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program,” notes Museum of Art Director Kristina Durocher. “As a member of that first graduating class, Gary Haven Smith was a natural choice for the inaugural exhibition of public art in the Mills Courtyard of the Paul Creative Arts Center.” His carved granite sculptures will be on view through May 2013.

When Durocher began planning for the second sculpture exhibition, she contacted Wendy Klemperer who offered the caribou. The sculpture happened to be migrating from Maine to Klemperer’s home in New Hampshire.

The timing seemed right to arrange a loan for the work,” says Durocher. “The Friends of the Museum with funding from the Department of Art and Art History helped defray the installation costs. Public art should be an integral part of the UNH community—it enriches our experiences and ignites the imagination. I hope to bring more public art to campus.”

Wendy Klemperer’s work has been exhibited extensively in NYC and throughout the United States. Her large scale permanent installations include Portland International Jetport, ME; 560 Broadway in NYC; Lay Sculpture Park in Missouri; Somersby Landing Sculpture Park in Newburyport, MA; California State University, Bakersfield; Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay; the LL Bean Company, Freeport, Maine; and SIAS University, Xinzheng, China. To learn more, visit http://www.wendyklemperer.com.

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