An opening reception for the new public art installation “Passing Through,” was held recently at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.
“The theme of ‘Passing Through’ is of a hiker trek—a community of people on a common path overcoming obstacles, searching, helping one another,” said artist Brad Guarino of the 50 life-sized stainless steel silhouette figures he created of Tunxis students and alumni that are installed in various locations on the walls of the College’s 600 Building. “This trek is a metaphor for the educational experience, for negotiating barriers and leaving the past behind en route to a better future.”
A total of 33 Tunxis participants modeled for the silhouettes, some of whom are represented twice. The 31 students and alumni shown were selected through an essay competition in which they were asked to discuss their journey to Tunxis. Tunxis President Cathryn Addy, Ph.D. and professor of English emeritus Edward Ifkovic, Ph.D., author of “A Bend in the River: Voices from a Community College, 1970-2000,” are also immortalized in silhouette.
Those students and alumni who participated are listed by town of residence below:
Courtney M. Mangum
Susie Petke Rotondo
Daniel P. Bereza
Amanda Imelda Scagliola
Hope Faith Storrs
Jacob Daniel Cohen
Silhouettes of Tunxis participants and their stories can be viewed on the Tunxis website at http://tunxis.edu/passingthrough.
“Passing Through” was commissioned by the state of Connecticut during the 600 Building Extension construction project, in compliance with a Connecticut law which states that 1% of the cost of construction or major renovation of publicly accessible state buildings be allocated for the commission or purchase of artworks. For more on the College’s multi-phase campus expansion, visit tunxis.edu/expansion.