Statement from Kennesaw State University regarding reinstatement of art installation

Zuckerman Museum
KENNESAW, Ga. (March 14, 2014) – Kennesaw State University officials are announcing the reinstallation in the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art of “A Walk in the Valley,” the commissioned work by Ruth Stanford, associate professor of sculpture at Georgia State University.
 
The museum staff has begun working with the artist and anticipates the piece will be on public view no later than March 25, and will run through April 26.
 
Campus officials also will provide explanatory materials and host public programs that address the complexity and controversial nature of the subject matter: Georgia writer Corra Harris — whose former homestead was gifted to the University in 2008 — and a letter she wrote in 1899 on the topic of lynching.
 
The University’s administration deeply appreciates Ruth Stanford’s thoughtful consideration and deliberation in this matter and her willingness to remain engaged in dialogue with University officials.
 
Kennesaw State University officials also reaffirm the administration’s full support for academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. Our intention is to use this entire experience as a learning and engagement opportunity for all of our stakeholders.
 
Details regarding the related programming will be publically announced as soon as plans are finalized.
 
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Ruth Stanford has issued a response to Kennesaw State University’s announcement, which she has shared with University officials.  It is as follows:
 
“While Kennesaw State’s administration and I continue to disagree on certain issues related to the removal of my work, “A Walk in the Valley,” from the Zuckerman Museum of Art, we have come to agree that the work should be restored to its place in the exhibition.
 
“This has been a difficult experience, but I hope that the conversations it has generated about art, place, history, academic freedom, and free speech have been, and will continue to be, productive.
 
“I am proud to be included in the See Through Walls exhibition alongside a number of amazing artists, and I look forward to supporting the work of the ZMA moving forward.”
 
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