Art: No. 32-37

Art lovers visiting the Missouri S&T campus enjoy exploring everything from sculptures like Louis Smart’s Cosmic Dance to free films in Leach Theatre.

32_Einstein.jpgNo. 32: Einstein bust

This bronze casting of Albert Einstein was sculpted by local artist Louis Smart and welcomes visitors to the Curtis Laws Wilson Library. Campus lore says that students who touch their foreheads to
his will increase their IQ by 10 points
for two hours. Einstein, who said
“Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere,” might approve of this last-minute
pre-test ritual.

No. 33: Havener Center mural

Located on the second floor of the
Havener Center, MSM/UMR 20th
Century
depicts scenes from campus
history. The 15-foot-long mural, painted by Jack Guth, CE’50, was dedicated
during Homecoming 2005.

No. 34: Rockwell Kent painting

The artist’s original work, Might … To Move Mountains, is housed in the library, where it illustrates the power of coal and recalls S&T’s mining roots. The piece was painted for the Bituminous Coal Institute and was presented to the university in 1947.

No. 35: Luman Parker statue

Parker Hall’s namesake, Luman Franklin Parker, is memorialized in bronze, seated in a niche on the first floor staircase of the building. The Rolla attorney is remembered for his “untiring efforts” that contributed to S&T’s early growth. During the holidays, the statue sports festive hats.

No. 36: Free film series

On Tuesday nights, every semester, movie-lovers can see award-winning films that otherwise would never make it to Rolla — and admission is free. The series often includes experimental films,
shorts, silent oldies with live piano
accompaniment, classics and cult
favorites. Where else are you going to see The Brother from Another Planet?

No. 37: Castleman sculpture

Theater-goers are greeted by a graceful couple in a Cosmic Dance. The bronze sculpture by Louis Smart is located in the foyer of Castleman Hall’s Leach Theatre.

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