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July 1, 2010

ULM Art Professor sculpts his way into public view in Tennessee

Cliff Tresner, an associate professor of art at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was selected as a winner in a national juried competition in June.

He was chosen as one in six winners at the Fifth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition of Art in Public Places at Bristol, Tenn., on June 22.

Tresner’s apprized sculpture, “Tower of Babel,” is a tower of words and letters. Tresner said that while he often uses words and letters in his drawings, this piece of art represented his first time incorporating them into a sculpture.

“It is about communication and miscommunication, and how words are not always the best tools for communicating,” explained Tresner.

There were 42 sculpture entries at this year’s competition by 21 artists.

Tresner, who has been teaching sculpture and drawing at ULM since 1997 and is the director of ULM’s Sculpture Garden, also advocated the 24-hour accessibility of the sculptures in Art in Public Places. He called it “art for everybody.”

Visit to see “Tower of Babel” and more of Tresner’s work or click to read an article about the competition.

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