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New sculpture graces Meskwaki Settlement School grounds

May 3, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
(SPECIAL) - Pam Dennis and her husband Ryk Weiss were guest artists at the Meskwaki Settlement School this past week.   They were selected from the Iowa Artists Registry to help create an outdoor sculpture panel for the new Meskwaki High School.

Tim Nunnikoven and Jack Burk, instructors at the school, worked with the artists and Meskwaki students to create an eight foot by 12 foot sculptural panel made from recycled metal materials and terra cotta clay.   Students in Burk’s art classes made the clay leaves and flowers earlier this spring with the guidance of Ms. Dennis with upper elementary classes and art classes in grades 7 through 12.

The artists returned during the week of April 16-23 to start the panel and begin the metal work that went into the overall natural design.  

Etched and painted leaves from aluminum, copper and brass were cut and wired onto a framework of hardware cloth and metal pipes.   

The Gifted and Talented students in Nunnikhoven’sclasses came in small groups to help wire the leaf and plant forms onto the framework.

The sculpture will be a permanent piece of artwork located at the end of the patio area outside the Commons Room of the Meskwaki High School.

This is a second residency for Pam Dennis at the Meskwaki Settlement School.  She and Barb Vaske came last spring and worked with elementary students to create ?The Four Seasons on the Settlement? wall panels that are now located in the Commons Room.  Both Pam and Barb Vaske are artists on the Iowa Artists Registry.

Article Photos

Artist Pam Dennis, Shyannon Wolf, Darrion Murray, Christian Benson, Denzel Crow, Teacher Jack Burk and Floyd Speck with a new sculpture on the Meskwaki Settlement School grounds.
Meskwaki School photo/Brenda Doyle



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