Connections: Sabbatical 1998 • Objectives

Tioga pass to Yosemite; Photo Credit: Tony Paterson

My main purpose was to study, while recording by photos and video, the Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, and Native American Art, architecture, and particularly its sculpture at archaeological sites running from Copan in Honduras through and including Vancouver and local Northwest Native American sites. A second objective was to make contacts with curators, galleries, and sculptors for possible exhibitions or exposure of my sculpture.

Two other objectives were to visit and record as many universities and colleges with sculpture programs as was practical and to visit as many sculpture parks as timer permitted, both at museums and higher institutions of learning. I wanted to make a detailed study of foundries and sculpture facilities at other institutions.

I also wanted to observe and document how visitors and students interacted to the sculpture displayed at other locations. The SUNYAB campus has much potential for permanent installation that could become an investment and the pride of the university. The mechanism for bringing this proposal to fruition is through the Casting/Welding Institute, University Art Gallery, other interested parties on campus, and in the, community.