The catalog documenting RWU’s first ever campus-wide Art On Campus exhibition was released on July 31, following a yearlong exhibition of Visual Arts Faculty art work on campus. The exhibition, originally scheduled for Fall 2011 and opened in conjunction with the October inauguration of President Donald Farish, was held over for the entire year through Alumni Weekend in June 2012 due to the tremendous response to the quality and range of expressions in faculty work exhibited. This effort to celebrate the arrival of our new president and the arts at more than 20 interior and exterior sites on campus has energized the entire university community, and has brought together people across the institution at installations in numerous academic buildings, the University Commons, the Recreation Center, the Alumni and Admissions Center, and several exterior sites. Art on Campus advances key elements of Roger Williams University in its inclusiveness, celebration of individual expression, and of mutual influences between students, faculty and staff working together.
Art On Campus Coordinator Rob Rustermier has done an incredible job in bringing together artists and university leaders throughout this first year, steering and evolving this initiative across many new understandings and processes. This first Faculty Exhibition was followed by student art works installed widely beginning in Spring 2012. The future of Art on Campus is as a combination of student, faculty and external artist installations, connecting the university community with many works and approaches to art, and many different people. Many thanks are due to so many people across the university who worked with the faculty artists. When asked for suggestions on how to improve the Art on Campus initiative, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management Jim Brunhoffer replied: “More, More, More!”