Tunxis Professor’s Works Featured in National Exhibitions

April 1, 2014
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April 1, 2014 James Revillini

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Klema’s “Hobbes’ Claw 2” (2013) on view in Evergreen, Colo.

Klema’s “Hobbes’ Claw 2” (2013) on view in Evergreen, Colo.

Large-scale outdoor sculptures by Tunxis Community College professor Stephen Klema are on display in national juried exhibitions through summer 2014.

“Hobbes’ Claw 2,” a 4-foot by 12-foot wood, metal and plastic robotic mining saw blade prototype, is one of 15 outdoor sculptures that was selected through a national competition for the 2013-2014 Sculpture Walk in Evergreen, Colo. Installed in June 2013, the sculpture will remain on view through June 2014. One sculpture will be eligible for the Sternberg Award for Excellence, chosen by a specially selected juror. A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded by majority vote, which accepts online   votes at http://www.mountainart.org/sculpture_walk.php through July 30.

“Hobbes’ Claw—Unsheathed 2,” is on exhibition for the Jackson, Tenn./ Union University Sculpture Tour (JUST) 2013-2014. Klema’s was one of two artists’ works selected in 2013 to join a permanent outdoor sculpture exhibition, originally started in 2002 to beautify the city of Jackson in the wake of a destructive tornado. “Hobbes’ Claw—Unsheathed 2” will remain on view through August.

A professor and graphic design program coordinator at Tunxis for 25 years, Klema has produced over 50 pieces for exhibition throughout his career, and several of his works are held in private collections. He holds an M.F.A. from University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School and a B.F.A. from Atlanta College of Arts. Klema resides in Winsted.

For more information, visit Klema’s personal website at StephenKlema.com. To learn more about the graphic design program at Tunxis Community College, visit tunxis.edu.

From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.