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Campus Sculpture Rededication Set

By Rachel Hafele
University Communications

APRIL 18, 2008--A rededication of a Martin Luther King Jr. sculpture after it has been installed in a permanent site at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is April 25 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The sculpture's creator, retired art Professor Doug Johnson, was commissioned in 1968 to build the 10-foot sculpture by the graduating class of 1968. Johnson chose King as his inspiration, making the sculpture a tribute to honor King's mission for racial equality. This year marks 40 years since the assassination of King.  

Johnson is a 1960 graduate of UWRF's art program. After attending UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison and earning an M.F.A., Johnson came back to Wisconsin State University-River Falls to teach in 1965. He spent the next 32 years teaching at UWRF, until he retired in 1997.

Since it was first installed at Rodli Commons in 1969, the sculpture has had several homes on campus. The sculpture was most recently moved from Hathrorn Hall to the front of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

Michael Padgett, chair of the art department, will introduce Johnson, who will discuss the history of the sculpture and why he felt compelled to create the piece in memory of King. After Johnson's speech, members of the Black Student Union, along with numerous other cultural groups, will be giving a short presentation of famous quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

"This is an inclusive way to bring the campus community together," comments Susan Zimmer, academic department associate who is coordinating the event.    

Light refreshments, including coffee and cookies, will be served. For more information contact the art department at 715-425-3266.


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