As part of Snow College’s diverse art program, the college hosts the Art Talks lecture series every week. These events are designed to expose students to a broad variety of artistic philosophies and styles, provide networking opportunities, and inspire and enable them to plan their own career in the arts.
Recently, figurative sculptor Deon Duncan was the guest speaker. Duncan uses the classical art form of figurative sculpting to convey contemporary ideas.
She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She uses this degree to help disadvantaged inner city children by using the construction of large murals to teach necessary life skills.
Using similar projects, she helped destitute populations in South America while working with the Peace Corps. She then used her art to tackle environmental issues.
It was as she was preparing to return to the United States to participate in post-graduate study of these issues that she discovered her true artistic passion, figurative sculpture. Her work “After Botticelli,” a female counterpoint to Botticelli’s 15th century depiction of the ideal female form, won bronze in the 2011 National Sculpture Society competition
Commenting on the feminist message of her piece, Duncan had this to say, “Because I am a woman and a product of the 21st century, it is inevitable that I would go about turning everything on its head.”
Her work has been shown in and held by public and private collections from around the world.
To the great luck of Snow College students and faculty, she took time out of her schedule to host the art talks lecture and use her experiences to further educate students.
This lecture and others belonging to this series are great ways to expand students’ minds and introduce them to new ideas.