Redefining the Classroom

Iron sculpture on ceiling of library foyer inspires new campus art fund

Posted: May 19th, 2015

IRON WHIMSY – Grace Riemer, a senior fine arts studies major from Mackinaw City, Mich., poses with her mobile, Ancient, inspired by prehistoric ginkgo leaves, shells, and other primordial shapes. The 12- by ten-foot piece took nearly four months for Riemer to hand forge from steel. Thanks to a fund jumpstarted by LSSU president Tom and Teresa Pleger, and members of the President's Cabinet, Ancient will be on permanent display in the main lobby of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library. The new President's Public Art Challenge Fund will be used to acquire works of art for campus. "Lake Superior State University is a beautiful campus and we believe it can be enhanced even further by adding more art to our public spaces," said President Pleger. "The arts help us celebrate the human condition and convey a sense of place and culture. We want LSSU to be a community destination in the Soo and in the Eastern UP." Point your Web browser to "" to make a tax-deductible contribution. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.