March 10, 2005

Wood sculpture exhibit extended

by Paula M. Davenport


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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is extending an exhibition of beautiful wood sculptures - shown under the banner "Conceptual Carpentry".

The exhibit will remain on view through April 21.

The pieces are the creations of Stewart P. Wessel, associate professor of architecture at SIUC. His creations range from personal to abstract in nature.

Museum admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays through Mondays.

Wessel is a licensed architect and he keeps a studio on campus, where he teaches in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

He is keenly interested in the sustainability issues surrounding tropical hardwoods and the relationship between craftsmanship and creativity.

The Cathedral Foundation, in Covington, Ky.; the Florida State Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee; the Zoller Gallery at Pennsylvania State University; the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in California; and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Mont.; all have exhibited Wessel's sculptures.