Art on Campus

The Ohio Percent for Arts Program has ushered in a new era of public expression on Wright State University campus. Since 1993, when Wright State first utilized the program, the campus has seen numerous artistic pieces both in- and outdoors. And, as our campus continues to renovate structures and construct new campus buildings, more and more public art pieces will continue to beautify campus.

Divisions* photo of divisions

Artist: Linda Cunningham
Location: Outdoor amphitheatre
Art to be removed -TBD

Located on the staging area of the outdoor amphitheatre is Linda Cunningham’s work, Divisions. This creation originally resided in front of the New York City United Nations Building and was transferred to Wright State’s campus in 1998. The scarred wood and twisted steel are arranged in six groups, each housing a plaque inscribed with Emmanuel Lévinas’ “Totalité et Infini” translated into different languages [French (original context), Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and English]. This piece was designed to speak to societal division and its consequences.

Double Helix: Flowing Balance photo of double helix: flowing balance

Artist: Jon Barlow Hudson
Location: Diggs III Lab Plaza

Jon Barlow Hudson has designed, created and installed a sculpture entitled "Double Helix: Flowing Balance" in the area outside the new Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research.

The double helix design is an abstracted reference to the highly important DNA molecular structure. It is a critical discovery and its form is inherently universal both in its meaning and in its reference to nature and to fluid dynamics, which is so all-important in both living and non-living systems throughout nature on all levels. Jon Barlow Hudson has researched the subject of bio-sciences and read about them and the history thereof; of how they have developed to the point where they are today. The double helix has a unique and universal, possibly even archetypal, fascination and symbolic energy.

Jon Barlow Hudson chose the dodecahedron with which to construct the helix because of his interest in geometric forms and appreciation of the Platonic solids. Jon Barlow Hudson was able to create his own interpretation of the helical dynamic in such a way that it would function within the given parameters of the project site.

The sculpture is fabricated in stainless steel with a sanded/burnished surface to reflect light. The vertices are one foot. The sculpture is tall enough to walk through and sit on – approximately 9 feet tall, 9 feet wide by 22 feet long.

Horizons photo of horizons

Artist: Will Nettleship
Location: Between Allyn and Rike Halls
Art removed October 2012

Between Allyn and Rike Halls is Horizons, a brick and glass sculpture with colorized concrete pavement. According to the artist, Will Nettleship, “Horizons uses color and imagery to create a crossroads and a meeting place for students and faculty, inviting all to pause and reflect. It acts as a welcoming gateway to campus.” The piece was completed in 2002 and based on its location, it truly is the primary ‘welcoming gateway’ for the much of the university community.

Round Dance photo of round dance

Artist: Tim Prentice
Location: Millett Hall Atrium

Located centrally in Millett Hall hangs Round Dance, a sculpture created by Tim Prentice. In 2002, the artist installed two large kinetic forms to enhance the two-floor open air spaces of the atrium. Each form has seven concentric rings, constructed of stainless steel wire, revolving independently from the force of air currents in the building. The ceiling features twinkling star lighting delivered through fiber optic strands.

Scenario photo of scenario

Artist: Ken Valimaki
Location: Student Union Atrium

Located in the Student Union atrium, sculptor Ken Valimaki created the first public art piece on Wright State’s campus in 1993. The piece, Scenario, acts as a focal point of the light-filled space. It is a 24-foot contemporary bronze sculpture consisting of three major parts: two vertical, “marbleized” bronze pieces with a horizontal pieces resembling a trough between them. The horizontal piece has a stepped interior which functions as an active waterfall.

Theta Paradigm photo of theta paradigm

Artist: Kenneth vonRoenn
Location: Fawcett Hall lobby

Located on the first floor lounge of Fawcett Hall, glass designer Kenneth vonRoenn created an artistic expression combining order and chaos themes. The glass sculpture, Theta Paradigm is composed of dichroic glass and strips of beveled glass upon four glass planes, making an assortment of trapeziums arranged in a spiral. The piece is housed in a smaller area indoors, which makes it a perfect example of art integrating with architecture. For more information, please visit Architectural Glass Art, Inc.

Turning Points photo of turning points

Artist: David Black
Location: University Hall Plaza

Located in the plaza outside University Hall, sculptor David Black created one of the most visible pieces of public art on Wright State’s campus, Turning Points. The curves and spirals sculpted in red aluminum atop six granite pillars and complementing pavers were created in 1998 as part of the University Hall addition.

For more information about this artist and his work, please visit David Black’s website.


*This artwork is currently on loan and not funded through the Ohio Arts Council's Percent for Art program.

Ohio Arts Council

Committed to the economic, educational, and cultural development of the state, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) supports and encourages public, individual, and organizational artistic efforts.

The OAC was created in 1965 to "foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage." One way of accomplishing this mission was through the establishment of the Ohio Percent for Art Program in 1990. This legislation provides monies to fund works of art for new or renovated public buildings.

Specifically, whenever the state legislation appropriates more than $4 million for a public structure, the law requires that one percent of the total appropriation go to artwork. Since its establishment, this legislation has brought public art to areas, large and small, throughout Ohio.

Visit the Ohio Arts Council website for more information about its programs.