The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition is continuing on Murray State University’s campus in the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery through Nov. 6. The gallery is located on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center at the corner of Olive Boulevard and 15th Street.
This exhibition of small sculptures from around the world demonstrates how artists have handled the challenges of space and scale dictated by the size of an ordinary shoebox. An invitation-only exhibition, it has attracted a large number of well-known artists from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Australia, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.
Mamoru Sato and Fred Roster, professors at the University of Hawaii at Manoa developed the exhibition concept for the International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibitions. Because of the often large and bulky nature of sculpture, national and multi-national exhibitions are cumbersome and costly. The small format of these exhibitions, with the subsequent ease and economy of handling, provides broader exposure to contemporary sculpture. Since 1982, museums and university galleries throughout the world have presented the Shoebox Exhibitions.
“We have reached a milestone with the 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition,” said Lisa Yoshihara, director of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery. “We believe that this current exhibition will be outstanding, and are looking forward to presenting exceptionally diverse, inspiring and thought-provoking sculptures from around the world. There have been numerous requests from museums and galleries to host this popular traveling exhibition.”
Each sculpture speaks for itself. Some works are conceptual, some reflect the artist’s cultural heritage and others are universal in expression. To create their sculptures, artists have used almost every imaginable medium. Cast metal, carved wood, blown glass, woven fiber, paper maché, molded clay, found objects, glass beads, feathers and human hair have been components of previous Shoebox sculptures. Visitors can easily find more than one favorite work and some have even been inspired to make their own small-scale sculptures.
Artists in this newest exhibit include Bernard Calet of Tours, France, acrylic and light; stone-smith Sari Liimatta of Lappeenranta, Finland; Seiji Kunishima of Aichi, Japan, metal and stone; Jung Yong-ju of Seoul, Korea, carving and lacquer; Fernando Ortega of La Habana, Cuba, wood carving; and Michael Walsh of Eugene, Ore., acrylic, plastic figurines and maps.
The exhibition is curated by the University of Hawaii department of art and art history and the college of arts and humanities, and supported by grants from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Hawaiian state legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Gulab and Indru Watumull Grant for Museum Studies in the Arts.
The Clara M Eagle Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space for visitors to learn about the history of art and contemporary new media. With over 1,200 works of art housed in the permanent collection and 8,200 square feet of exhibition space, the galleries at Murray State are a constant source of innovative programming and educational research within the community. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.