Seen and Herd
An exceptional herd of ten cows grazed on south campus near the library this fall, the work of the student sculptors enrolled in Professor of Art Barry Gunderson's class "Art with Four Legs." The ambitious assignment, developed by Gunderson in 1979, asks students to study cows on a Knox County dairy farm, then reinterpret bovine structure to any level of abstraction. The students devoted approximately 250 hours each to their creations. The fanciful creatures brought delight in many quarters, including to community children who developed attachments to them. How much sadder, then, that these artworks were vandalized under cover of night. In response to this vandalism, the sculptors published a letter in the Collegian stating that seeing their art "so disrespected is a souring blow. It feels like we've been struck ourselves." President Nugent asked those assembled at Founders' Day to stand up for Kenyon's values of community and mutual respect.