The University of Connecticut has acquired a sculpture by Connecticut artist, Gregor Bugaeff, through the generosity of two anonymous donors. The sculpture, executed in chrome and steel, is titled “Arachnid Ballerina Dancing on Lilypads.” Bugaeff joined us on Sunday, September 29th to sign the piece.
This acquisition was inspired by Bugaeff’s exhibition in the Library during the summer of 2011. Titled “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” his exhibition featured 60 paintings and 13 sculptures of which “Ballerina” was one.
Executed in chrome and steel, “Ballerina” is a reflection of Bugaeff’s theme of metamorphosing found objects into mythological figures and scenes. The piece stands a stately 5’ high and is 3’ in diameter and has been placed on Level B, adjacent to the Norman D. Stevens Gallery in the Homer Babbidge Library.
The Libraries’ exhibition program supports the research, teaching and learning, and public engagement activities of the University. Acquisition of the sculpture underscores the Libraries goal of enriching the intellectual and cultural life of the university community through an active public art program, but also to support the rich cultural resources and artists found in Connecticut.
More information about the Libraries’ exhibition program, including the current exhibits on display, can be found at http://lib.uconn.edu/about/exhibits/