Project History

Landmarks commissioned artist Michael Ray Charles to create a site-specific sculpture for the atrium of the Gordon-White Building. Composed of hundreds of wooden crutches, Charles’ sculpture and the surrounding architecture symbolize progress, transition, and transformation.

Funding for (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations was provided by the College of Liberal Arts as a portion of the capital improvement project. This project as the result of a collaborative effort among many and Landmarks would like to give special thanks to the following:

Leadership

Andrée Bober and Landmarks Pat Clubb and University Operations Kevin Cokley and the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis Douglas Dempster and the College of Fine Arts Randy Diehl and the College of Liberal Arts Gregory L. Fenves and the Office of the President Edmund Gordon and the African and African Diaspora Studies Department Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández and the Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies Landmarks Advisory Committee Domino Perez and The Center for Mexican American Studies Bob Rawski and the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction David Rea and the Office of Campus Planning and Facilities Management Cherise Smith and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Gregory Vincent and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Project Team

Nisa Barger, project manager, Landmarks Andrée Bober, curator and director, Landmarks Susan Frocheur, ARCHITEXAS Bart Kleiman, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction Ozie Monroe, installation services SpawGlass

Special Thanks

Tony Araguz, African and African Diaspora Studies Department Grant Barger, College of Liberal Arts Deb Duval, event coordinator Myra Gibbs, Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies Severine Halls, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction Gilles Heno-Coe, collections management, Landmarks Stephanie Lang, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Nick Nobel, external affairs, Landmarks Anna-Lisa Plant, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Erica Saenz, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, curatorial contributor Stephanie Tapauraskas, development, Landmarks Joe Tenbarge, College of Liberal Arts Jennalie Travis, development, Landmarks Misa Yamamoto, College of Fine Arts Catherine Zinser, education, Landmarks