Public Art on Campus:Garden, Park or Classroom?
This case study of an exceptional university outdoor sculpture collection at Western Washington University in Washington state defines the shifting role of public art initiated under a state percent for the arts program durign the last half of the 20th century. The collection is unique in its origins during the height of abstraction, the Minimalist movement, and subsequent branches into land art, architecturally scaled work and conceptual formats. The primary mission of the collection continues to be a focus on its interdisciplinary nature as a teaching collection. While modernism segreated art to a museum context, this collection reintegrated its sculpture within the field of public art. Strategies that tranformed the passive viewer into an active user, and others thatn blur the boundaries between creator and audience are employed.
Keywords: Public Campus Art, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Active Users, Minimalist Movement, Outdoor Sculpture
Professor Carol Janson
Professor in Art History, Chair Department of Art, Department of Art MS 9068, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225