School of Architecture alumni’s firm, MS-ICAA instrumental in Welty Biennial

May 21st, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture alumni’s firm, MS-ICAA instrumental in Welty Biennial

Tracy and Kimberly Ward’s firm (MSU S|ARC Class of 1987), Benchmark Design PC, has been working tirelessly for almost three years on the architectural reproduction aspects of the Welty Biennial – namely the sonar scanning of the “new” Capitol pediment (tympanum) in Jackson and the columns of Windsor near Port Gibson.

This first edition of the Welty Biennial is titled “Classical Mississippi” and, therefore, appropriately reached out for the aid of the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Tracy Ward is chairman of the Mississippi Committee. Three full-scale replicas of Windsor’s 45-foot-tall columns stand outside the museum, and a 6-foot-tall Corinthian capital sits on the exhibit floor inside the museum.

The first Welty Biennial includes 12 weeks of exhibits on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson through July 3. Exhibits include ninety double-exposure photographs by American surrealist Clarence John Laughlin, nine modernist constellation sculptures by James Seawright, and an up-to-date interpretation of the sculptural figures on the 1903 Capitol pediment. Other related events, installations, performances and contests will also take place throughout the city during the biennial. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Welty Biennial, visit http://weltybiennial.org/

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