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Mixing art with science

Sep 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

Central Wyoming College made a wise move in promoting art in the new center on campus

Central Wyoming College's new Health and Science Center is a scientific installation. There is no mistaking that. But the college did a wise and pleasant thing in another realm of human endeavor when the new building went up.

It made a commitment to art as well.

Years ago the late Ranger co-publisher Roy Peck initiated Wyoming's "art in public places" requirements for state governmental buildings. (Actually, truth be told, it was his wife, the late Margaret Peck, who was at least as strong a driving force into the initiative as he was, and they made a very good team on this issue.)

A science complex on a community college campus qualifies as a state government building, so there is a requirement, more or less, that space be made, and money allocated, for installation of artwork.

Not that Central Wyoming College would have needed such encouragement. It has made a strong commitment to art in its buildings and its landscape. The new Health and Science Center is no exception.

Reporter Katie Roenigk wrote a feature story on Rufus Seder, who created the "life tiles" glass mural that hangs along one wall in a prominent section of the new building. Interestingly, science played a considerable role in the development of his unusual artistic medium, and his tiled mural fits beautifully on its new wall.

If there is one thing the new Health and Science Center has in addition to all of its scientific marvels, it is wall space. CWC already owns a permanent collection of artwork purchased annually through the years as part of its Robert A. Peck Arts Center exhibition.

Chances are, this already has been considered, but if it hasn't, might we suggest using some of the wonderful new exhibit-worthy space at the new building to showcase the permanent CWC art collection? If not all at once, then pieces could be rotated to various places in the building so that the collection could be seen by the public.

The Health and Science Center is a work of art in and of itself, and Fremont County's citizens can look forward with pleasure to the integration of art and science that the new facility can offer.

A public commitment to art is a tremendously beneficial ingredient in a higher quality of life for us humans, the only species capable of both applied science and the creative arts. To its other, numerous venues for art, Central Wyoming College now can add the magnificent Health and Science Center. Our community is much the better for it, both scientifically and aesthetically.

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