National Sculpture Show at Highlands University, Closing Reception Oct. 10

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Photo: Margaret McKinney/Highlands University
Highlands University professors of fine arts David Lobdell and Todd Christensen collaborated with four other artists on this sculpture made of plastic-coated copper, wood and found objects. The piece is part of the “Imagillaboration” national sculpture show at the university’s Burris Gallery, with a closing reception Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

National Sculpture Show at Highlands University, Closing Reception Oct. 10

New Mexico Highlands University is hosting a national collaborative sculpture show called “Imagillaboration” in its Burris Gallery through Oct. 13 with a closing reception Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

Working together for 18 months, 106 sculptors from 26 U.S. states collaborated in regional groups to create a dynamic body of art for “Imagillaboration.”

The unique concept for the show involves an artist creating a single sculpture, or seed piece, and then passing it on to the next artist who then adds his or her own element to the sculpture before passing it along to the next artist.

The result is that each finished sculpture is a collaboration that captures the imagination of each artist in the group.

“Most of the time artists are lone rangers, so this is a new approach,” said David Lobdell, a professor in the university’s Department of Fine Arts and its program coordinator. “It was interesting giving the sculpture away to see what would happen next.

“When you’re looking at each piece, you can try to see how it was constructed. That’s the magic and fun of the show,” Lobdell said.

Lobdell collaborated with five other artists on three pieces in the show, including Todd Christensen, another professor of fine arts at Highlands University.

Lobdell also brought the show to the university, trucking it in a 26-foot U-Haul trailer from Mobile, Ala. during the Labor Day weekend.

To date, “Imagillaboration” has been exhibited in Mobile, Atlanta, and Jacksonville, Fla. Its next stop is Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Burris Gallery is at 903 National Ave. on the university’s campus. The closing reception for “Imagillaboration” is part of the Second Saturdays Art Walk Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Las Vegas.

Photo: Margaret McKinney/Highlands University
Highlands University professors of fine arts David Lobdell and Todd Christensen collaborated with four other artists on this sculpture made of copper covered plastic, wood and found objects. The piece is part of the “Imagillaboration” national sculpture show at the university’s Burris Gallery, with a closing reception Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.