Beloit College Magazine

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Summer 2014 (July 10, 2014)

Paved With Art

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July 10, 2014

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Photo by Caroline Robinson

Los Angeles-based artist Lisa Anne Auerbach, ­who taught at Beloit during spring as the Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. Artist-in-Residence, has long since decamped for California, but a vibrant reminder of her tenure remains at Beloit.

Auerbach, 26 students, and Associate Professor of Art Mark Klassen created an art installation on the site once known as “As You Like It Hill,” located between the studio annex of the Wright Museum of Art and the Smith Building. The group researched college history and collaborated on the design and installation of a brightly colored walkway that traverses a grassy hill and valley. The path is built from painted pavers laid out in Native American patterns found in the Logan Museum and layered with text that references Beloit’s culture and other expressions of place. 

The walkway added punch to a monochrome landscape when the installation went in atop frozen ground. Later, when the weather improved, members of the college’s Physical Plant installed the walkway as a semi-permanent feature of the landscape.

Auerbach, an assistant professor of art at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., is widely known for her knitted artwork featuring political and personal statements. She was selected as a 2014 Whitney Biennial Artist and participated in an exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art between March and May this year. The Ferrall residency is named to honor the college’s ninth president.

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