Congratulations, Associate Professor Alicia Eggert, Studio Art: Sculpture!

The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., has acquired "This Present Moment," the second edition of three artworks by Alicia Eggert, associate professor, Studio Art: Sculpture. The sculpture will be included in Renwick Gallery's 50th Anniversary exhibition opening in 2022. Eggert also has been invited to write an essay for the exhibition catalog. The curator who selected the exhibit is Mary Savig, LLoyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick Gallery. The RenwickGallery is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum program of contemporary craft and decorative arts.

The flashing neon sign cycles through the statements “This present moment used to be the unimaginable future” and “This moment used to be the future” before turning off completely for a short time. The text is a quote by Stewart Brand, an American writer who is best known as the editor of the Whole Earth Catalogue.

"UNT played a big part in making this possible" Eggert said. "The first edition of this sculpture was made in Portugal in 2019, during my 2018-2019 IAA Fellowship. And the second edition (which will now live forever at the Smithsonian) was made with the funding provided by my 2019 Presidential Award. I will be eternally grateful to UNT for that financial support at a crucial time in my career."

[Pictures: This Present Moment, 2019-2020 (Ed. #2 of 3), 144” x 180” x 48”, neon, custom controller, steel. Neon letters fabricated by Amy Enlow. Steel fabrication assistance provided by Teresa Larrabee, Austin Lewis, Paolo Tamez-Buccino and Jaelyn Kotzur. Photo by Calen Barnum.]

Exhibit

This Present Moment 
2019
144" x 180" x 48"
neon, custom controller, steel

This neon sign cycles through the statements "This present moment used to be the unimaginable future" and "This moment used to be the future" before turning off completely for a short time. The text is a quote by Stewart Brand, an American writer who is best known as the editor of the Whole Earth Catalogue.

Neon produced by Amy Enlow. Fabrication assistance provided by Teresa Larrabee, Paolo Tamez-Buccino, Jaelyn Kotzur, and James Akers. Photos by Calen Barnum.

 

 

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