Work of Alumni Artists on Permanent Display in Randall Library

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

When the time came to choose artwork for the newly redesigned Circulation Area in Randall Library, they didn't have to look very far.

Made possible through a posthumous donation by Gary Eyster, local artist and former director of the Cape Fear Museum, the library purchased four pieces by Topher Alexander and a large installation by Sean Ruttkay. Both artists are Wilmington natives and UNCW alumni.

Anchoring the new Circulation Desk are three of Alexander's original woodblock prints. His large oil painting, depicting the two bridges at Wilmington's Smith Creek (pictured) is one of the first pieces of art a visitor will see upon entering the library.

Alexander, UNCW class of 2013, was the recipient of the Ann Flack Boseman Scholarship. One of his large woodblock prints was recently purchased and installed in the Fisher Student Union.

Just past the Circulation Desk, patrons will find "Nature in Academia," an installation by Ruttkay. The installation, made from 18 individual pieces of Ruttkay's unique design, tells a story of Wilmington's rich coastal heritage.

Ruttkay, UNCW class of 2005, is the founder of Element Digital Art. His work has been purchased and displayed in businesses throughout New Hanover County.

Through these selections, Randall Library upholds two of UNCW's core values: a commitment to the journey of learning and a love of place. The work also exemplifies the library's mission of collecting and preserving art from Southeast North Carolina.