Sampson Community College is wrapping up a one-year celebration of the college’s golden anniversary, and local artists helped with the college’s 50th anniversary project, which was unveiled Monday afternoon.
A painting project that features 35 local artists was presented during this week’s celebration and in honor of the college’s anniversary.
Inspiration for the collaborative art piece came from a quilt project that currently hangs in the lobby of the North Building, just outside the administrative offices and Small Business Center.
“We normally have an exhibition of local artists featured at the college in the fall, but I wanted to make it a special event this year,” Lisa Turlington, SCC Foundation director, said. “My inspiration for a collaborative project was a quilt that hangs near my office at the college.”
According to Turlington, the arts council and community college partnered through the Artist in Residence program in the 1980s, and Susanne Yowell, a fiber craftsman from Durham, organized a team of local fiber artists to make squares representing parts of Sampson County. The quilt is in the shape of Sampson County and has pieces representing schools, churches, animals, plants and culture that are a part of Sampson’s history.
The 50th anniversary art piece was created by dividing an aerial view of the college into 50 5×7 panels. Local artists volunteered to paint parts of the picture, and panels and assignments were distributed during the spring. Artists include area art teachers, employees of Sampson Community College, local artists, community leaders and more.
“This art project — comprised of many individual paintings arranged to show a single image of the campus’ center — is a great illustration of what Sampson Community College has become in 2017,” Turlington said.
Artists Amelia Surratt and Margaret Malpass not only contributed to the 50th anniversary project, but were a part of the quilt project 30 years ago.
“It will be interesting to look at this 50 years from now and see how much the college has changed,” SCC president Dr. Paul Hutchins said.
Once the art panels were complete, Turlington said, the building and construction trade students painted the backing and cut it to size. Peter Butler and Surratt organized the assembly, and Butler donated the framing for the painting.
“The art project is a perfect way to express the breadth and the longevity of Sampson Community College,” Turlington added. “A centerpiece of life in our county, the college has served people on all levels including traditional students enrolling shortly after high school, older adults seeking a second career, business employees getting specialized training, and ambitious high school students looking for advanced college preparation.”
The art work hangs in the lobby of the North Building, just across from the quilt project created more than three decades ago.
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