This year marks the 11th outdoor
student sculpture show, best known
as Sculpture Exhibition at Railside
Heather Reilly and partner Teri
Bailey spent over 25 hours on their
piece which incorporates glass, metal
and the surrounding nature. It was
displayed on Sunday at an outdoor
“I wasn’t sure how it would turn
out, but I’m happy with it,” Reilly
Hosts Bill Schierl and Sarena
Melotte have welcomed the public
to their home year after year for an
afternoon of art appreciation.
“It started as a class project,
and after all the work was installed
and I saw how fantastic it all was, I
said, ‘we have to have an opening,’”
The exhibition primarily featureswork from Sculpture Professor
Kristen Theilking’s classes. Art
251: Introduction to Sculpture:
Fabrication and Installation and Art
355: Intermediate Sculpture: Kiln-
Working Glass produced the majority
of the pieces shown.
“I’ve also had some work that
individual students contributed to be
incorporated into the site,” Theilking
The event, which typically
draws an audience of about 150-250
people, was the inspiration for Arts
Bash, the annual fundraiser for the
Departments of Art & Design and
Theatre & Dance.
“So we, my mom and I, had
a concept that the students have
such great work, that we wanted to
turn the event into a fundraiser to
support student work,” Schierl said.
“Then that was turned over to the
Many of the pieces on display
were designed specifically to interact with the surrounding site. Senior
art major Chelsea Trinkner thought
about a clearing along the path to the
house while designing a metalwork
“The telescope I wanted in the
field,” Trinkner said. “I liked the
Some students, such as Trinkner,
created artwork while envisioning
how their piece would interact with
the site. Others incorporated the
space more directly in their work.
“Tara Ott’s piece with the tree
and chain took a long time to put
together, and that time was spent out
here,” Trinkner said.
Thielking structures here
curriculum around not only the
creation but also the installation of
artwork and how it fits into a given
“I love that students have a way
to work in a different way than they
normally would because of the site,”
Thielking said. “Also, the exhibition
component of the project leads
students to be more invested in the
work because they know the public
will see it.”
The exhibition builds a sense of
community for all involved.
“The neat thing is we invite
friends and family and it really brings
together students and the community.
It’s fun for us,” Melotte said.
Just as the event unites students
and community, the artwork unites
manmade and natural materials. All
of the work presented incorporates
nature in some way.
“I like to play with nature and
natural things,” Reilly said. “I try
to incorporate nature into all of my
work, even the graphic design.”