A striking series of six abstract sculptures by American artist Ernest Shaw now make their home on campus thanks to a gift by Bill Smith GP '18 and his daughter, Keelin Dawe P '18.
The rectilinear “Valor” is located on the lawn in front of the Administration Building, near the intersection of Spring and Summer streets. Across Spring Street at the head of the walkway to the Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, passersby will find the sharp-angled tilt of “Impact.” The whimsically curved “Earthquake/The Embrace” sits near Memorial Gymnasium, while the aptly named “Curvilinear” resides outside the Wellness Center. The only stainless steel sculpture, what some students say looks like a silver, freestanding portal to another dimension, is entitled “Positive and Negative.” The last piece in the collection, “The Vessel,” is a beehive-shaped steel receptacle about two feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds. It has been installed in the A. E. Studzinski Library. The sculptures were formally dedicated on May 18, 2018.