ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s mission of international education and passion for the arts will merge with the creation of the International Sculpture Garden.
The sculpture garden, which will be dedicated Aug. 23, will be located in Baumgart Plaza, west of the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The beautiful new space will display five sculptures by renowned Vietnamese artist Tuan Nguyen. The sculptures, valued at $1.2 million, are made possible thanks to the generosity of the Picture Art Foundation.
“The addition of these extraordinary pieces of art clearly symbolize the importance that international student life plays on our campus,” said Dr. Jim Smith, NSU president. “The Picture Art Foundation could have donated these beautiful sculptures to many universities. Fortunately, the leadership of that foundation chose NSU. We’re exceptionally honored to present this new sculpture garden to our students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. It truly brings art and internationalism together in a way that few institutions our size could ever accomplish.”
The addition of the sculptures – titled “Four Elements,” “Meditation,” “Reminiscence,” “Rendezvous” and “Triumph” – continues Northern’s rich tradition of creating and displaying amazing artwork. The picturesque campus also includes sculptures that are part of the NSU Sculpture Project, which presents work by regional, national and international artists.
Northern is also home to various art galleries – the Lincoln Gallery has been visited by internationally known artists such as Sofia Maldonado and Guerra de la Paz. NSU also houses the studio of Artist in Residence Ben Victor, a sculptor who creates masterpieces that are on display around the U.S. and the world.
The new sculpture garden will also symbolize NSU’s global reach – the university is home to the Center of Excellence in International Business and also attracts a growing number of international students from around the world.