New Sculpture Graces Uyeno Amphitheatre
“Benin,” a black stone sculpture, has been donated to the University by Thousand Oaks artist Theodora Ilowitz. The megalithic sculpture, inspired by the art of the Benin tribe of Nigeria, was installed in Uyeno Amphitheatre outside the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. It is one of many such artworks that will eventually grace CLU, turning the campus into a sculpture garden, according to Michael Pearce, assistant professor of art.
Eighty-six-year-old Ilowitz began her creative career as a jazz pianist who toured South America and Europe and then moved from keyboard to canvas and sculpture. She has won more than a dozen awards for her artworks, which have been exhibited in many galleries and museums including Lincoln Center, the Taiwan Cultural Center and the National Art Gallery. Her pieces are in the collections of AT&T, General Foods and many other corporations as well as private collectors.
CLU History in the Making
The most recent in a series of displays depicting the history of the University has been installed in front of Samuelson Chapel. Titled “Love of Christ, Truth, and Freedom,” the history board pays tribute to those involved in pastoral care during the early years, the evolution of the Campus Ministry program and the chapel as an expression of the University’s mission. The display was sponsored by Shawn ’78 and Susan (Bloemer ’81) Howie.
Other displays in the CLU History in the Making project and their sponsors are “Journey of Faith” sponsored by Ethel Ruth Beyer; “Pioneering Spirit,” the estate of Dr. Nena Amundson; “Building a City,” Dr. William Hamm; “A Winning Tradition,” John Woudenberg; “In Support of Scholars,” Della S. Greenlee; “On The Air,” David ’78 and Ann (Gangsei ’78) Watson; “Ranch Reminders,” Donna Fargo; and “Making Their Mark,” Don and Pat Garrison. Project committee members include Ritch K. Eich, Ph.D., Chair; Michael L. Adams ’72; Carol Keochekian ’81; Della Greenlee ’82; and past Interim President Howie Wennes, D.Min.