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February 21, 2007

Art professor’s work chosen for Florida exhibition; works added to ULM sculpture garden

Cliff Tresner, associate professor of art at the University of Louisiana Monroe, is one of 20 artists selected to display outdoor sculpture in the city of Lakeland, Fla.

Tresner’s work was chosen during a recent national juried competition curated by the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. Tresner created a large carbon steel figure titled “Tower of Babel” that will be displayed along with nine other artists along the Lemon Street Promenade, a three-block area through downtown Lakeland. Awards from the installed works will be selected March 18.

Three artists selected for the Seventh Annual Florida Outdoor Competition have, or will, display their work at ULM’s Sculpture Garden, located on Mitchell Street at the entrance to Spyker Theater.

Doug Makemson from Georgia is currently exhibiting works titled “Herons Courting” and “Heron Ignoring,” a fabricated stainless steel abstraction of oversized herons.

Scheduled for installation this season are Ohio artist Shawn Morin and Florida artist Michael Contell. Morin will display “Armor,” a stone and steel work, while Cotrell will display a large fabricated steel and bronze work titled “Sliver.”

ULM is attracting many fine artists from around the nation for display of outdoor work on its campus and for the city of Monroe’s enjoyment. The ULM Sculpture Garden is free and open to the public.

For more information about the ULM Sculpture Garden please contact Tresner at 318-342-1385 or email

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