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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Ben Reed, senior art major, recently won a cash award for his sculpture titled "Asteroid Belt

Student artist’s fascination with flight and sculpture captures award

 

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen College senior art major Ben Reed has long been fascinated with flight and space, and creating kinetic sculptures. His award-winning sculpture, “Asteroid Belt,” is therefore a natural outgrowth of those interests and his art passions.

The sculpture was accepted to the Carnegie Center for the Arts’ 2004 Juried Regional Fine Arts & Photography competition in Three Rivers, Mich., where Reed won the People’s Choice award. The work was on display from Jan. 18 to Feb. 21. This is the third time Reed has displayed his work in this show.

The large sculpture – two large wedges of stone that revolve around a base – stems from work Reed had done in the past and evolved as he experimented with different materials and shapes. As he worked, an idea came to him: “What if I made them balance?” The answer – or exploration – inherent in the sculpture is “about the tension between being grounded and in flight,” Reed said.

Reed is from Topeka, Ind., and is the son of Ross and Bridget Reed. He is a 2000 graduate of Westview Junior-Senior High School and attends Ligonier Evangelical Church.

This summer, Reed will participate in the Maple Scholars program, helping to set up a sculpture lab on campus and other visual art-related work.

Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” Kaplan’s “Most Interesting Colleges” guide and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit http://www.goshen.edu/.

Editors: For more information, contact News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or jodihb@goshen.edu.

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