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OSU Museum of Art and OSU Student Union Collaboration Continues with Sculpture Gift

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The OSU Museum of Art has accepted a 7’7” tall, wood carved figurative sculpture by Oklahoma City artist Barbara S. Scott for display in the Oklahoma State University Student Union.

“Earthborn Starbound,” most recently in the collection of Oklahoma City longtime business owner and 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Jim Vallion, speaks to the power of the human spirit, Scott said. The piece represents the power to not only rise daily to face what the world demands for survival, but to ceaselessly reach up with hope and courage to transform our lives into new forms of beauty and meaning that endure beyond the physical.  

“I am thrilled that this sculpture that has such meaning for me and that truly began my path as a full time sculptor, will endure and be seen by so many,” Scott said. “I can only hope that it stirs the hearts of some to realize the beauty and significance of their own very being.”

This gift follows a recent collaboration between Carl and Marilyn Thoma, the museum, and the Student Union that resulted in the display of two new media pieces in the Union. Both of these opportunities represent the beginning of a developing plan to integrate arts into the daily life of the university. “Earthborn Starbound” is currently on view outside of the Sequoyah Room. It is visible from the Student Union Ballroom looking south.

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