Art on Campus

 Image: "Inspiring Generations" sculpture on KCC campus, unveiled at the KCC 50th Anniversary Gala.

The mission of the Art on Campus Initiative is to provide art experiences on KCC campuses for students, faculty, staff and the community. Original works are on display throughout KCC.

The goals of the Art on Campus Initiative are:

  • to purchase original, diverse artworks for KCC’s permanent collection and display in public areas on campus
  • to refurbish for display KCC’s existing permanent collection
  • to establish and continue the DeVries Art Lecture Series including at least one distinguished artist, art historian, etc., per year to provide a lecture/workshop on an art topic for students and community
  • to create community awareness of the initiative through fundraising and programming activities

Art Collection

KCC’s permanent art collection is on display throughout KCC’s buildings. Most of the collection can be viewed during KCC’s hours of operation. It includes artists such as Martin Hubbard, Kate Demke, Shuichi Murakami, Eleanor DeVries, Lily Hunter, Dee Seymour and Kay Randel. Much of the art represented in the collection comes from KCC faculty, staff and students and other regional artists.

Sculpture Initiative

KCC Foundation’s Art on Campus Sculpture Initiative features permanent and loaned works of art installed at various locations on the College’s North Avenue campus and at the Regional Manufacturing Training Center.  KCC Permanent Sculptures

In November 2020, KCC and the Battle Creek Chapter of the American Association of University Women unveiled “Hope” a bronze sculpture of a young woman created by former KCC student Paula Blincoe. This sculpture is installed at the North End Gateway micro park at KCC’s North Avenue campus.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Art on Campus Sculpture Task Force recommended to continue to display the current loaned sculptures through June 2022.  KCC Loaned Sculptures

“Teapot 52,” by Scott Garrard, outside the entrance to the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center. The painted steel work is seven feet tall, six feet wide and two feet deep.

“Greetings Pilgrim, Your Search Is at an End,” by Doug DeLind, outside the southeast entrance to the Lane-Thomas Building. The bronze work is 7.5 feet tall, six inches wide and one inch thick.

“Love Above Ground,” by Molly Diana, outside the entrance to the Roll Health and Administration Building. The work consists of painted acrylic panels, approximately 8 feet tall at the highest point and approximately four feet wide at the widest point, sealed with heavy duty resin and standing upright in a concrete base.

“Copper Tree Sculpture,” by Jeff Schofield, outside between the Ohm Information Technology Center and the Schwarz Science Building. The work consists of three welded copper tubes, approximately 10 feet tall, designed to tarnish over time to a lovely green texture.

“Ashes IV,” by Sam Soet, outside between the Emory Morris Library and the Ohm Information Technology Center. The work, which consists of ash wood and concrete, is approximately three by four by three feet in size and weighs 550 pounds.

“Salute to Bertoia,” by Dozer, outside the northern entrance to the C Classroom Building. The steel work is eight feet tall, six feet wide and 30 inches deep.

“Matisse’s Girls,” by Mike Sohikan, outside the southern entrance to the Schwarz Science Building. The work features two steel and concrete figures, one kneeling and the other standing approximately six feet tall.

“Untitled,” by Tim Sykora, in the courtyard of the Roll Health and Administration Building. The work consists of welded mixed steel objects and measures seven feet tall and 30 inches wide.

“Sticks and Stones,” by Matthew Davey, outside of the new Miller Physical Education Building. The bronze, steel, concrete and stone work is approximately 10.5 feet tall, with a nine by seven foot base.

DeVries Art Lecture Series

Supported by Eleanor and Robert DeVries and coordinated through the Art on Campus Initiative, the DeVries Art Lecture Series brings distinguished artists, art historians, etc., to provide lectures and workshops on art topics for students and community.

DeVries Art Lecture Series participating artists include:

  • Sam Knecht, watercolors
  • Kimiko Peterson, mixed-media collages lecture and workshop
  • Jena Caschera, Vandyke photography processing, lecture and workshop
  • Miriam Brysk, photo transfer lecture
  • Paul Marquardt, conceptual digital media (lens based) lecture and workshop
  • Robert Shimmin, wet plate photography lecture and workshop
  • Tim Norris, large-scale paintings
  • Mary Whalen, working with tin
  • Stephen Crompton, still and moving images
  • Philip Carey, unique collage and sculptural installations using nontraditional materials
  • Adriane Little, photography and intermedia
  • Aaron Warner, illustration/cartooning
  • Martina Lopez, 19th century portrait, landscape and digital media