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Moeser Backs Efforts to Bring More Public Art to UNC

The seminar, the second in a six-part series on different aspects of public art's role at a university, will highlight Moeser's goals for public art development.

Registration for the seminar will begin at 9 a.m., and the speakers will begin at 10 a.m. The $15 fee can be payed in cash or check, and the event will last into the early afternoon.

Each seminar focuses on a separate aspect of public art -- art that is displayed in a public place -- with speakers coming from across the nation.

Amy Brannock, director of ArtsCarolina, said she hopes the seminars will inform students and community members while inspiring people to take an active role in supporting the movement for public art. "This particular seminar will focus on the history of public art at other locations," Brannock said. "We will have visitors talking about what works and what does not."

Moeser, who has knowledge and experience of how influential public art can be, will work closely with ArtsCarolina in bringing more public art to UNC.

"We want for Moeser to share his vision and ideas for the future," Brannock said. "His input is pivotal; people need to see, firsthand, his support for the program."

During his three years as chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Moeser worked actively in conjunction with the Sheldon Art Gallery to obtain several works of art for public display. George Neubert, former director of Sheldon Art Gallery, estimates that during Moeser's term the university gained at least three major works.

"The one work that (Moeser) was most involved with was a Claes Oldenburg, 'Torn Notebook,'" Neubert said. "That project alone, with the purchase and changes to the campus, cost a little more than a million dollars, and Moeser was extremely supportive."

UN-L has more than 35 sculptures publically displayed and has been nationally recognized for its focus on the arts. Neubert said he feels that Moeser -- with his past experience -- can bring a lot to the arts program at UNC through watchful administration.

"Moeser was always willing to endorse and support our projects," Neubert said. "His attention to detail and ability to recognize a good plan and a positive contribution really helps in building a successful public arts program."

The combination of Moeser's contributions and a heavy push for support from his office and ArtsCarolina is expected to bring in the necessary interest. Many of Moeser's right-hand men will be working closely with the project, seeing it get off the ground and maintaining it throughout the years.

"Though I don't see a huge increase in public art around campus by next semester, I am excited about prospects for the future," Brannock said.

"We hope this will be something that ties together the entire campus, thematically and on a community level."

The Arts & Entertainment Editor can be reached at artsdesk@unc.edu.

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