Kendall Faculty and Students Sweep UICA golf event awards.
When the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts sent out request for proposals for their mini-golf exhibit, Sam Blanchard of the Sculpture and Functional Arts Department jumped right on it.
The UICA asked for creative approaches to indoor golf for their 19 Hole exhibit planned to coincide with Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ 10-day LaughFest event.
And guess what? He and the students won the Curatorial Award for their entry.
“It was a good showcase and fit for our department,” he explained to me. “We didn’t have much time but we came up with the idea of an up-side-down hole.”
Named Blue Greens, their design was an inverted golf course, where the player putted on the blue sky while dodging white stylized metal clouds. On the gallery ceiling directly above the “sky”, students created a green with mechanized flags that waved back and forth.
“We used the machinery we have here at the school and got students involved,” he said. Sounds like a win-win to me.
He noted that his thesis class students did the work and received recognition along with faculty member, Bob March.
The other winner of the golf event was Nathan Lareau for his hole called “Tone it Down.” Laureau, an adjunct faculty member who teaches 3D Design at Kendall, won the People’s Choice Award. His hole used twenty-three steel fire bells of various sizes, placed on an incline in a staggered form. When the player hit the ball over the ramp, the ball hit the bells creating a random pattern of tones.
Guests were invited to play a round of golf. According to Steve Sampson of UICA, more than 2500 people enjoyed the creative experience.
– Susan J. Smith