When the time came to choose artwork for our redesigned Circulation Area, we kept things local.
Made possible though a posthumous donation by local artist and former director of the Cape Fear Museum (1966-78) Gary Eyster, we purchased four pieces by Topher Alexander and a large installation by Sean Ruttkay. Both artists, in addition to calling Wilmington home, are UNCW alumni.
Right past the Circulation Desk, and just before Port City Java, you'll find "Nature in Academia," (left) an installation by Sean Ruttkay.The installation, made from 18 individual pieces of Ruttkay's unique design, tells a story of Wilmington's rich coastal heritage.
Sean Ruttkay, UNCW class of 2005, is the founder of Element Digital Art, and his work has been purchased and displayed in businesses throughout New Hanover County.
Through these selections, Randall Library upholds two of UNCW's main values: a commitment to the journey of learning and a love of place. The work also exemplifies the Library's mission of collecting and preserving art from Southeast North Carolina.