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Education SceneBY TERESA DURHAM, Executive Director, KCC FoundationIn 1959, a rip- ple of excitement went through Bat- tle Creek at the news that the city would finally have its long-awaited fully-developed college campus. Inher book, “A Celebration of Progress: A History of Kellogg Community College,” Dr. Neva Bartel described how commu- nity “dreams came true” from the signif- icant groundbreaking ceremony on Sep- tember 18, 1959, to the dedication of an exceptional college campus in May 1962. During the dedication ceremony, the peo- ple who visited were pleased with what they saw. The buildings were impressive and the grounds beautiful. The college’s grounds, complete with a forest green turf dotted with shrubs and trees, were al- ready taking on the landscaped character of an award-winning campus. “At the end of the three days of dedication, the Battle Creek community had every right to be filled with pride over the striking grounds and campus. From the beautiful theater with its pale walnut panels and soft green carpeting, to the ultra-modern science building with its specialized teaching equipment, to the classroom/administra- tion building, to the reflecting pools, the canopied walkway, the landscape, and the library – it was a stimulating setting for learning,” Dr. Bartel wrote.local, regional and national artists are in its permanent collection. The KCC Foundation has also financially supported three student photo documentary projects. Walking the halls and rooms at KCC, one will find art in many forms: watercolors, acrylics, charcoal prints, etchings, fab- rics, ceramics, mixed media and adjoining outdoor courtyard at the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center. The gallery serves as a dynamic exhibition space for local, regional, fac- ulty and student art. The current exhibit, “A Place Away: Photographic Works by Martina Lopez,” will run March 4-29. The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing Mondays through Fridays, 8am to 4:30pm.KCC – Pride and PresenceHer words still ring true today. While some of the features and buildings have been transformed, remodeled and even rebuilt over time, Kellogg Communi- ty College, according to many, remains the most beautiful campus in Michigan. Spread over three levels of land, each building adds its own special character while complementing the other struc- tures. It is truly a show place!Inspired by the college’s beautiful surroundings, the Kellogg Community College Foundation created an Art on Campus Initiative with support by long- time donors Robert and Eleanor DeVries. The purpose of the initiative is to provide art experiences on the college’s North Avenue campus and its regional centers for students, faculty, staff and the com- munity. More than 80 pieces of art byIn 2014, the Foundation’s Art on Campus Sculpture Initiative began with a biennial call for sculptors to display their work on KCC’s North Avenue campus. Selected sculptures are displayed freely to the public for up to 24 months, with a possibility for extended exhibition or purchase. The 2018 sculpture initiative represents 10 sculptures by regional art- ists from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. A list of these and five permanent sculptures can be found at http://www. campus/.Lopez has been working artistically with the figure in the landscape with the use of digital media since 1985. Her work is in numerous private and public collec- tions, including the Art Institute of Chica- go, the Smithsonian American Art Muse- um in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Creative Photography at The Univer- sity of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.In 2015, KCC dedicated a new Robert A. and Eleanor R. DeVries Gallery andAs in 1959 and throughout its history, KCC remains steadfast in stewarding its assets to the benefit of our students and in service to our communities. Watch for new developments in 2019.EDUCATION ISSUE I SCENE 4403 15

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