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Senior art student presents one-day art installation at River Falls Yard Waste Site

April 18, 2013

UW-River Falls senior Spencer Cleland will be presenting a one-day, site-specific installation for his BFA Degree at the River Falls Yard Waste Site, 901 W. Locust St., on April 26. Cleland’s sculptures will highlight his new found process of coupling hand-carved log molds with hot glass.

Cleland, of Mounds View, Minn., has been blowing glass for eight years, creating functional vessels and decorative objects. He started working with hot glass at Anoka-Ramsey (Minn.) Community College and transferred to UWRF in 2008 to finish his BFA degree. Over the years, Cleland has had six different glass instructors and has worked with countless established artists who have influenced both his creative talents and techniques.

This year Cleland had been exposed to the process of casting hot glass into a log mold that has allowed him to expand his creative dialogue with glass art.

Cleland has chosen the Yard Waste Site for the installation because it is the source of the raw materials, and the area lends itself to the aesthetic of his new work.

An installation reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the River Falls Yard Waste Site. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the UWRF Art Department at 715-425-3266.