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Sculptor to unveil outdoor art piece on Thursday

Large-scale installation will rest on Kennedy Museum of Art


Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art will host the unveiling of a large-scale outdoor art installation by American sculptor DeWitt Godfrey at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Godfrey's installation "Buttress" is next to the museum in The Ridges and can be viewed during daylight hours through May 2011. The contemporary sculpture is made from large, round cylinders of Core-ten steel and bolts and rests against the museum in a shape that was determined as the piece was created.

Refreshments will be served at the free, public event. The reception will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather. 

Godfrey is best known for his large, abstract, site-specific sculptures made from banded steel. He created the art piece as an object that can only exist in relation to something that is external to it, such as the building that supports it.

Godfrey's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Brooklyn Museum in New York as well as corporate collections. He is an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University.

Initially trained as an architect, Godfrey studied art at Yale University before earning his master's degree in fine arts from the Edinburgh College of Art. 

Kennedy Museum of Art gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays and parking and admission are free.  Please call 740-593-1304 or visit www.ohio.edu/museum for more information.