by Jeffrey Boshart
Behind the Center for Faith and Life
The sculpture is made of cedar dimensional lumber and large oak slabs that were harvested from the Sunnyside site where the Center for the Arts was constructed. The wood from seven mature oak trees that were cut down to make way for the new building was harvested and dried for future use at the College. The piece was assembled with standard hardware, weather-resistant glues, and hardwood pegs, along with the careful placement of cedar members that support the suspended weight of the oak slabs. It is affixed to a concrete slab with stout iron “L” brackets. Originally situated on a temporary sculpture pad in front of the Center for the Arts, the sculpture was relocated in fall 2008 to its permanent location behind the Center for Faith and Life.
Jeff Boshart is a professor of art at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Montana State University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He is a member of several professional associations and has participated in numerous activities, both within academia and the community. His contributions to art education were recognized in 2007 when he received the Master Educator Award from FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) a national organization of post-secondary art educators. Boshart is a studio artist as well as a teacher, and his list of exhibitions, commissions, and workshops is extensive. Public collections containing his work include the Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL; the Milwaukee Art Museum-Cudahy Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Additional information about the artist and examples of his work can be found on the Eastern Illinois University website.