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Fredonia alumnus donates outdoor sculpture to campus
Friday, June 24, 2016

Fredonia alumnus donates outdoor sculpture to campus

Eric Stein applies a finishing coat of an industrial enamel paint to the sculpture that he has given to Fredonia.

“Cutter,” a painted steel sculpture created by Eric Stein, ’74, has found a permanent home at Fredonia in the Science Quad as part of the Department of Visual Arts and New Media’s In Sight/On Site program.

The formalistic, geometric sculpture, which features two thin discs and diagonal square rods, reflects an industrial design, with the rods cutting the discs into two pieces. Previously on display at East River State Park in Brooklyn and SUNY Oswego, “Cutter” was donated to Fredonia by Mr. Stein, who returned to campus with his wife, Roberta, to install and re-paint it.

“We are grateful not only for Mr. Stein’s donation of his sculpture, but for Eric and Roberta’s work installing and re-painting it over two days,” said Ralph Blasting, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “We are happy to give this work a permanent home between our new Science Center building and the more traditional Houghton Hall and Reed Library.”

“Cutter” marks the second sculpture that Stein, who is based in Huguenot, a small town outside of New York City, has brought to Fredonia. His “Cloud Stop,” made of timber, steel and fiberglass, was the inaugural piece of In Sight/On Site. The program was established in 1998 to present developments and directions within contemporary sculpture and advocate for an appreciation of art as an integrated concern within public spaces.

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