Collins Memorial Library

Library Art Award

In 2004 Collins Library established an annual art award for a graduating Studio Art Major. The winning work is selected by a library panel of staff and students and is announced at the Senior Art Show’s opening reception. The student artist receives a cash prize and the artwork is prominently displayed in Collins Library for one  year.

Current Recipient

This year's recipient is Ben Sample for his work Progress. The jury describes the artwork of this emerging young talent as fluid, intricate, beautiful, and exciting.

Artist Statement

My current body of work is a dialogue between the subtractive refinement of my base forms and the additive spontaneity of tensioned lines. In my building process, glued and layered wood is molded, cut, sanded and prepared to produce symmetrical, geometric forms that provide a void in which rubber can erupt. The bands are then drawn taught and anchored by hand to contrast the geometric balance of the external form, coming together relatively suddenly and impulsively. The final result is a manifestation of equilibrium, tension, and poise on a foundation of constructed line.

While my fabrication process is inspired by the constructivist movement of the 1920s, it is not simply a constructive undertaking. The addition of stretched rubber adds an uncertainty and mercurial nature to each piece as the outer structure silently struggles to retain its shape against the tension of each band contained within. The final accumulation of potential energy transforms the base form from a static foundation into a fluid and elastic element, held in balance by massive opposing forces.


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