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‘Lightpainting’ installed in McGuffey Hall

Stephen Knapp, a “lightpainting” artist from Worcester, Mass., installed a work on two walls in The Commons area of McGuffey Hall Oct. 24 and 25.

Knapp’s works, paintings of light, first got major exposure in 2003 with installations at ARTForm Palm Beach, Art Chicago, SOFA New York, Art Santa Fe, the International Art + Design Fair, the LA Art Show and SOFA Chicago.

His project at Miami is part of the Ohio Percent for Art Program, in conjunction with the recent renovation of McGuffey Hall.

Knapp says the artwork, comprised of light, glass and stainless steel, is a response to the architecture of the space and to the concepts behind Miami’s School of Education and Allied Professions (EAP) that is housed there.

“As a light-based piece of art it reflects the new technologies and a new direction in art, much as the research at EAP has led to new directions in teaching,” he says. “At once both a physical object and an illusion, lightpainting serves to remind us that dreams, hopes and aspirations are the center of art’s ability to touch the human spirit.”

Ohio’s Percent for Art legislation, in effect since 1990, provides funds for the acquisition, commissioning and installation of original works of art for new or renovated public buildings that receive state appropriations of more than $4 million. The law provides that 1 percent of the total appropriation be allocated for artwork.

The Knapp installation is also made possible by the Ohio Arts Council.

Date Published: 11/09/2006
Volume: 26   Number: 9


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