“Star Sphere 2010” Highlights the Power of Free Speech

By Brianne Kimmel

Miami University Metalsmithing Professor and world-renowned artist  Susan Ewing shared her life experiences and ties to Kent State with Journalism and Mass Communication students April 13 in the First Energy Auditorium for the “Star Sphere 2010” dedication.

Ewing Sharing Her Passion for the First Amendment

Ewing’s 11-foot “Star Sphere” stands tall outside Franklin Hall and its message “is the foundation of everything we do in this building,” JMC Professor Ann Schierhorn said.  The Sculpture includes the First Amendment in reverse type.

"Star Sphere 2010"

“Newscasts are filled with nations willing to die for First Amendment rights,” said JMC Professor Tim Smith. “Those forty-four words in the “Star Sphere” take effort to read, much like others work to receive these freedoms.” The Star Sphere includes glass beads to give the sculpture luminescence, and the stars emphasize the fragility of our freedoms.

Ewing has received numerous awards including Miami University’s highest honor, the Benjamin Harrison Medallion.  From 1997-1999, she taught as a Fulbright Senior Lecturing Scholar at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague; in 1999 she taught as a Masterclass Guest Professor in Silversmithing at the Royal College Art in London.

Visit the Web for more information on Susan Ewing  and Franklin Hall’s “Star Sphere 2010.”

Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.


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