UWF professors to hold art lecture

By Rachel Witbracht
Staff writer

As part of the Experience UWF Downtown lecture series, professors Valerie George and Carrie Fonder will host a talk on Oct. 26 called “The Legacy of Contested Public Art.”

Valerie George, associate professor at Sculpture Art Department

The lecture series is hosted by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and covers a variety of different subjects. This one, hosted by the art lecturers, will discuss how the role of the denying or removing of art correlates with our values and culture.

Carrie Founder, lecturer at Art Department

“One infamous example of a contested work of art that was ultimately removed is Richard Serra’s ‘Tilted Arc,’” George said. “It was approved by the U.S. General Services Administration, constructed in 1981 and become the centerpiece of a public debate. It was removed in 1989.”

Another topic planned to be discussed is the role of politics in art.

“Politics encompasses governmental, institutional, cultural, and personal values,” George said. “It impacts what kind of art is commissioned, how it is funded, and where it is placed. Ultimately, politics determine if it is deemed successful or not which often decides the fate of public art.”

The lecture will take place at the Pensacola Museum of Art, located in downtown Pensacola at 407 S Jefferson St., with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m.

Experience UWF Downtown lecture series are free of charge and open to the public.

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