New Metal Sculpture Adding to School Spirit

New metal artwork now adorns the front lawn of the campus of the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain thanks in part to a grant and the artistic vision of the creators.


Director of Library Services, Brenda Miner, pursued and received a grant through the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries that would allow for the addition of additional sculptures on campus. Working with Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson and Director of Development Dr. Diann Gathright the concept of adding “school spirited” designs to the campus evolved. “Our campus has vastly transformed since the addition of on-campus residential housing was added. When recruits would tour our campus or on our ‘move-in’ days, we would observe students looking for the ‘picture perfect post worthy photo opp’ and now we’ve added to that experience and have another planned,” said Brenda Miner.


The college provided the artwork to Chris and Valeri Woods of Cove, Arkansas who fabricated the design and did the installation. They opened 5W Welding & Fabrication in 2020. “They were phenomenal to work with and very eager to please. From start to finish, they took our concept and perfectly reproduced it. It catches your eye as soon as your turn onto College Drive from Morrow,” said Gathright.


Shown L-R: Chris and Valeri Woods of 5W Welding & Fabrication; Brenda Miner, Director of Library Services; and Dr. Diann Gathright, Director of Development.


Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson commended the work of all involved. “Our college is staffed with people who you can share a vision with and they will find a way to make it happen. We are also thankful to the Woods for their wonderful creation and look forward to planning future projects with them.”


Grants awarded through the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities is supported through a private donor.


UA Rich Mountain’s mission is to provide transformative education to all learners.


1-25-22 10:44 a.m. KAWX.ORG