UNH Announces Wildcat Sculpture
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
March 31, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire and its Alumni
Association have announced the names of the four artist-finalists
under consideration for the commission of a larger-than-life sculpture
of the wildcat, the university’s mascot. The finalists are:
Forest Hart, Monroe, Maine; Matthew Gray Palmer, Friday Harbor,
Wash.; Sandy Scott, Loveland, Colo.; and Robert Shure, Woburn, Mass.
The finalists have been invited to present their proposals, discuss
their work and answer questions with the community on April 15 and
The commission is made possible through funding from the Edward
and Selma Bacon Simon Fund, gifts from Alumni Association classes
and chapters, and a grant from the UNH Parents Association. The
sculpture will be installed in front of the Whittemore Center, adjacent
to Main Street on the Durham campus. The committee expects to finalize
its decision and award the commission in May 2005. Installation
and dedication are tentatively scheduled for June 2006.
“It is an additional benefit to be able to host these nationally
known artists, and hear firsthand about how they create their sculptures,”
says Elizabeth Slomba, university archivist and Wildcat Sculpture
Art Program Committee chair. “Our students, faculty and staff
as well as our wider community will have the opportunity to learn
from their insights and come away with an increased understanding
of the value of public art.”
All presentations will be held in the university’s Memorial
Union Building in Durham.
On Friday, April 15, UNH will host Forest Hart from 9:30-11 a.m.
and Robert Shure from 1-2:30 p.m., in the Wildcat Den. On Friday,
April 22, Sandy Scott is scheduled to present from 9:30-11 a.m.
and Matthew Gray Palmer will be available from 1-2:30 p.m. in Room
Forest Hart has dedicated his life and career to the appreciation
and study of wildlife and art. He incorporates movement, texture
and lasting materials into his work and shares his enthusiasm for
wildlife sculpture by teaching seminars throughout the United States,
Canada, England, and South Africa.
Matthew Gray Palmer gained his experience designing and executing
commissioned sculptures and architectural elements while working
at Old World Stone Carving in Ohio. His work has been featured on
the Home and Garden Network’s program, Modern Marvels. His
current commissions range from the miniature to the monumental.
Sandy Scott is among the nation’s best known wildlife sculptors,
with commissions placed around the world. During the past two years
she has completed 11 larger-than-life sculptures for public placement,
most recently in front of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little
Robert Shure earned a master of fine arts in sculpture from the
School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. During his
25 years of experience he has completed many commissions from schools
and universities, museums, libraries and numerous institutions and
The wildcat sculpture is the first project to be administered under
guidelines established by the university’s Committee for Campus
Aesthetics. The guidelines are based on successful public art programs
at other universities and those administered by state and federal
agencies. The guidelines are designed to promote the thoughtful
development of the university campus.