Dunlap, Stewart treat students to Webster County tour

February 26th, 2013 Comments Off on Dunlap, Stewart treat students to Webster County tour

Photos by John Allen

Bill Dunlap’s artist in residency continues to provide an amazing experience for students.

The artist recently joined forces with fellow Webster County native and School of Architecture alumnus Belinda Stewart, FAIA, to give a group of sculpture students a tour of Webster County and to meet bronze caster Edmond Shumpert.

Students toured the campus of Wood College, which is currently housing East Webster High School before meeting up with Stewart.

“She was very generous with her time showing us around her office and firm,” said sculpture student John Allen.

Stewart also showed the group the burnt remains of the Webster County Courthouse in Walthall, which was a nearly 100-year-old structure.

Dunlap, Stewart and the students next met up with Shumpert, who taught them the lost wax casting technique he uses to make his bronze sculptures, which include a few of the “Bully” statues for MSU.

Students were impressed by the technique and the huge surfboard sculpture done by Shumpert, but they were also inspired by his extensive and unique resume. They noted that he used to be a surfer, worked for Disney, studied sculpture in Italy, was a medical illustrator and even raises buffalo.

The students said their trip and having Bill Dunlap on campus serving as an artist in residence has been a great experience.

“He’s definitely given us an opportunity that we wouldn’t have had otherwise,” said Allen.

“And, I mean, who can say that they’ve actually driven around with the artist?” added fellow sculpture student Sarah Kilpatrick.

Dunlap’s next event will be a presentation about his work during Professor Linda Seckinger’s print survey course on Feb. 27. The presentation will begin at noon in Briscoe Hall, room 204, and is open to all students, faculty and any others interested.

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