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September 24, 2012

Crowder College dedicates mural by art instructor

NEOSHO, Mo. — A mural evoking the creative process by art instructor Allen Bishop was dedicated Monday in the Elsie Plaster Community Center at Crowder College.

Crowder President Alan Marble praised Bishop’s effort and repeated the college’s commitment to public art at the dedication.

Andy Wood, president of Crowder’s Board of Trustees, also talked about Crowder’s long history of promoting and supporting the arts.

“It’s part of our mission,” Wood said. “Part of what we do.”

Bishop’s mural, “Creatio ex Hominis,” Latin for human creativity, is acrylic on wood relief panels measuring 32 feet long and 5 feet 6 inches high.

Bishop said the eight panels are a playful interpretation of the mental processes of creativity.

He said some, including fluency, represented by a flowing stream, are more representative than some that are more abstract, including the panel representing intuition.

“Others take a little more of a creative leap,” he said of the abstract panels.

The stages of creativity represented in the mural are fluency, flexibility, originality, elaboration, visualization, transformation, intuition and synthesis.

The panel representing elaboration is represented by a hand that labors. Bishop said the hand was modeled on a tracing of the hand of his 6-year-old granddaughter.

Each panel was cut into a shape unique from the others, with other, smaller shapes attached to its surface to introduce an element of sculpture to the piece. Bishop said he likes his murals to be more than two dimensions.

“I’ve found that the three-dimensional aspect gives it a greater physical presence,” he said. He said he also likes how the shadows cast by the panels affect the appearance.

Bishop said the idea for the mural first came to him eight years ago, before he came to Crowder.

Materials

THE CROWDER COLLEGE FOUNDATION granted art instructor Allen Bishop $900 for materials to do the mural.

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