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Leawood Art in Public Places Initiative to Dedicate Sculpture - June 12

Expires [Friday, June 12, 2015]

CONTACT:April Bishop
Cultural Arts Coordinator
(913) 663-9157

EVENT:Sculpture Dedication -“Variance” by Albert Paley

DATE:Friday, June 12, 2015


LOCATION:Tomahawk Creek Parkway & 115th Street
Leawood, KS 66211


The Art in Public Places Initiative of the Leawood Arts Council is proud to host the dedication of a sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist, Albert Paley. The sculpture titled “Variance” is the centerpiece of the sculpture garden. The dedication will be held on the installation site at Tomahawk Creek Parkway & 115th Street on Friday, June 12th at noon. Attendees will be able to meet Albert Paley, world renown for his monumental architectural ironwork and sculpture.

Paley's formed and fabricated work pays homage to European art nouveau and American abstract expressionism. Movement is implied in this organic piece through gesture and balance. Paley's intention is that the sculpture reflects the dynamism, stressing alterability and change. Complexity and attention to detail are fundamental in all of his work. The closer one approaches, the sculpture slowly reveals itself.

“Variance” was installed in the fall of 2014. This monumental piece stands 17’ high x 13’wide. The selection took place prior to construction and was unveiled in New York City in June of 2013 as part of “Paley on Park Avenue: New York City”. Thirteen sculptures were installed for exhibition on Park Avenue between 52st Street and 67th Street.

An active artist for over 40 years at his studio in Rochester, New York, Paley is a Distinguished Professor and holds an Endowed Chair at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Broadly published, and an international lecturer, Paley received both his BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester in 1989, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1996, St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York in 1997, and the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden in 2012.

Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Join the Arts Council in the dedication of this sculpture. Refreshments will be served. Please follow event parking signs along Tomahawk Creek Parkway to the approved parking lot.

For more information please contact the Leawood Cultural Arts Coordinator at 913-663-9157.

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