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Sculpture Series Encourages Healing Through Art

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Rudy Shepherd and Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber

Sympathy, empathy, and reflection are what Rudy Shepherd, associate professor of art, hopes his series of Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber sculptures bring to their audience.

“Though I didn’t necessarily envision these sculptures as a series, I feel that they continue to make sense as a positive gesture to tragic events that continue to unfold in the world around us, and the attempt to expunge negative energy from the viewer as a response to those events,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd was in his third year of a pre-med trajectory as an undergraduate student when he took his first art class, igniting his passion for art, and leading him to graduate with degrees in both art and biology. Although his graduate studies focused solely on art, the concept of healing, addressed in his pre-med classes, still influences his work today.

Full story, by Tammy Hosterman