The aesthetic beauty of campus has been complemented by an outdoor sculpture outside of Bellamy Hall. The artist, Jesse Small, was inspired by the symmetry of nature, which he finds to be filled with perfect imperfections. “Trees rocks rivers and planets all generally symmetrical but looking closer, not exactly. I think this creates an aesthetic experience that is very grounding and centering but also provides a direction … It isn’t finished. The setting of the sculpture amongst the great trees and classic architecture is so perfect for this piece and provides a lot of clues about it. I really couldn’t think of a better place for the sculpture to be,” he said.
Small earned his Master’s of Fine Art at Alfred University in 2005, and his Bachelor’s of Fine Art at Kansas City Art Institute in 1997. His solo sculptures have appeared in domestically in places such as New York City, San Francisco, and Kansas City, Miss., and even internationally in multiple cities within China. Small has been a part of many group projects, as well as been commissioned in a number of public art pieces throughout the United States.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., he has art studios in both the U.S. and China, and is currently working in Australia. Small combines technology with ancient materials and methods in his art. In addition to his contemporary steel sculptures, Small was trained in Jingdezhen, China in the art of creating beautiful ceramics, similar to those found in the region in the 14th century.