MEDIA ADVISORY: Installation and Dedication of UNH Mascot Sculpture
Contact:  Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
September 15, 2006

WHAT: Installation of the University of New Hampshire’s wildcat sculpture, a public artwork commissioned by the Alumni Association. The larger-than-life two-ton bronze sculpture of UNH’s mascot, the wildcat, will be lowered into position under the supervision of sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer.

WHERE: Memorial Field in front of the Whittemore Center Arena

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006; all day. Call ahead for a status update.

BACKGROUND: A committee of UNH staff, faculty, alumni, students and parents spent two and a half years developing guidelines, inviting bidders, reviewing applicants and selecting an artist to create a sculpture of a wildcat. For more information on the artist, Matthew Gray Palmer, and his work visit

In addition to the actual installation, Palmer will speak to students, faculty, staff and community members about his experiences as a sculptor in a lecture Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at 4 p.m. in Room A219 of the Paul Creative Arts Center that is free and open to the public. The sculpture will be dedicated in a ceremony during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the sculpture on Memorial Field.