John and Dorothy Brandt: Chairs #60 & #80
John Brandt, an ASU alumni and his wife, Dorothy Brandt will be celebrating their sixtieth wedding university this July. They have chosen the chair with number 60 on it to commemorate their years together and remind themselves of John's days at Adams State. Congratulations John & Dorothy!
Linda Relyea: Chair #50
"My days, as an undergraduate art student, at Adams State University are filled with great memories. The best year, for me, was my senior year. The art students had a general camaraderie and supported one another. The final semester in the spring 1996, there were nine of us in our professional seminar class. Although I had many classes in the lecture room, this class in particular seems to have the most memories. Maybe because we planned our final art show and talked about our futures. The chair I chose is the one I sat in during professional seminar. It has my name on it, and it will continue to remind me of my friends and our art." ~Linda Relyea
Dale Leys: Chair #52
Dale Leys is a drawing professor who became a visiting artist with the ASU Art Department. He first saw the chairs while he lectured in the old art building in 1999. Dale asked the faculty if ASU ever wanted to sell the chairs, he wanted number 52. That chair went home to Kentucky with Dale recently, where Dale teaches at Murray State University.
Luther Bean Museum: Chair #63
Kat Olance, director of the Luther Bean Museum at Adams State University, researched the history of the chairs. She told the ASU Community Partnerships staff that the chairs were first installed in one of the original classrooms in Richardson Hall in the 1940's. They were then moved into ASU's first student center, later to house the Art Dept, on the corner of Main and Edgemont Streets. The building is currently being renovated to be the home of ASU's Community Outreach activities. Please visit the museum at http://www2.adams.edu/lutherbean/ where chair number 63 is now part of its permanent collection.
KRZA: Chair #2 & #11
Two chairs were donated to KRZA's fun drive effort to support community radio. One listener was driving from Taos to Denver, where she lives, and learned about the chair premium offer. She quickly called to renew her KRZA membership and took chair number 2 home to Denver.
As an artist, Ellen Hanson saw potential in a simple, metal base of a chair. She says, "I saw the base of the chair, the part that screws into the floor, and picture a regal neck… someone who stood tall and proud." In the spirit of environmentally friendly action, all the materials in this sculpture are repurposed. Not only was using part of one of ASU’s old chairs a goal of Ellen’s, but using the materials in her own studio instead of buying has become a recent vow of hers. When the sculpture was done, Ellen said, "I realized, when I finished the sculpture, that these is a blindfold over the eyes, pulled tight, and the person is breaking free…like many of the people I work with. I didn’t know this while I was creating the piece."