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2015 visual art graduate recognized by International Sculpture Center

Friday, June 26, 2015

LAWRENCE – Recent visual art alumna Kasey Stertz was honored by the International Sculpture Center with an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Honorable mention. She will be recognized in the October 2015 issue of “Sculpture” magazine, as well as on www.sculpture.org.

“Kasey’s 2015 M.F.A. thesis exhibition in the KU Art & Design Gallery was a very ambitious and engaging culmination of her grad research,” said Mary Anne Jordan, professor and chair of visual art. “Her artwork and ideas are strong and thought-provoking. The entire department is very proud of Kasey’s accomplishments.”

Stertz’s work was one of 423 students from more than 158 colleges and universities, worldwide nominated for the awards. The jury, which included Chakaia Booker, Sculptor, NY; Kelly Kivland, Assistant Curator at Dia Art Foundation, NY; and Maki Hajikano, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at York College at CUNY, NY, reviewed more than 952 images of student art work to make their selections for this prestigious award.  

From Lincoln, Kansas, Stertz received her B.S. in physics and mathematics from Baker University. She went on to enter the graduate mathematics program at KU, but in 2009 decided to make a switch into architecture where she excelled at conceptual development, layout design, and sculptural elements. Stertz graduated from KU in May 2012 with an M.A. in architecture and in May 2015 with an M.F.A. in sculpture.

Trail systems and ever-transforming landscapes are the basis behind Stertz’s art. Initially inspired by rock climbing, her public art pieces are both physical and intellectual puzzles – requiring the mind and body to communicate together in movement. Kinetic aspects of the work create a sense of navigation through landscape; like one would experience in the natural landscape. The artist designs one path to follow or “solve” for, but there is an infinite number of combinations available, causing the art to look different every time it is interacted with.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program in 1994 to recognize deserving sculpture students and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture. The Student Awards program is organized by the ISC and is sponsored in part by Gertrud and Heinz Aeschlimann, Doris and Donald Fisher, Grounds for Sculpture, the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Department of Visual Art is one of four departments in the School of the Arts. As part of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts offers fresh possibilities for collaboration between the arts and the humanities, sciences, social sciences, international and interdisciplinary studies.