Russell Hall is home to many stunning works of art, including the piece "Zephyr Blue Persian Set with Tangerine Lip Wraps”, created by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. On April 22, 2011, the School of Music was proud to host the Art and Architecture committee in the Russell Hall lobby for the unveiling of this breathtaking glass artwork. Chihuly has created more than a dozen well-known series of works, and is also celebrated for large architectural installations. His work is included in more than 200 hundred museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including ten honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. The School of Music is thrilled to become the permanent home for this stunning piece of art. Next time you are on campus, be sure to stop by Russell Hall to explore and enjoy this artwork.
Historically speaking, Russell Hall (then known as "The Music Building") was remarkable in that it was the first campus building into whose design art was incorporated during or shortly following construction. This has since become standard in the design and construction of campus buildings. There are two major artworks incorporated into the Music Building. First, there is the bandshell, designed by art faculty member David Delafield, that forms the south wall of the building.
And, second, there is the freestanding sculpture on the east side of the building, Symphony in Three Forms, created by art faculty member Don Finegan. Professor Finegan said that his work developed out of an original need for some sort of outdoor sign denoting the name of the Music Building. He said that he dropped in to talk with the architect, and his project evolved from that discussion.