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Nationally renowned sculptor and IU Northwest professor discusses Shadows & Echoes Sculpture Garden Nov. 3

Artwork by Neil Goodman resides on campus, and in significant public and private commissions throughout the U.S.

Neil Goodman

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Neil Goodman

Indiana University Northwest invites students, faculty, staff, and the greater Chicagoland community to attend a lecture and presentation by Neil Goodman, nationally renowned sculptor and IU Northwest professor of Fine Arts. 

The featured event will take place at 1 p.m. at the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC) on Thursday, Nov. 3. Goodman was recently awarded by IU Northwest the Distinguished Scholarship Creative Activity Award and, as part of his achievement, will conduct a lecture focused on the process, product and inspiration behind the IU Northwest Shadows & Echoes Sculpture Garden. The discussion will focus on how Goodman developed the ideas behind the sculptures; the process from concept to creation; and the design and development of the garden. 

A professor of art at IU Northwest since 1979, Goodman has established himself in the Chicago area art community as both an artist and teacher. His work has been exhibited and reviewed frequently, and has included significant public and private commissions throughout the United States. 

Locally, Goodman’s work is intimately linked to Northwest Indiana, where he has lived and worked most of his life. Goodman’s Shadows & Echoes Sculpture Garden, featured prominently in the heart of the IU Northwest campus in the Savannah Center courtyard, is one of the largest permanent public art exhibits in the region.

The Garden was officially unveiled in 2006 and was a collaboration between Goodman and landscape architect Cynthia Owen-Bergland, bringing their combined visions to fruition through several sculptures, a garden and a reflection pool. The Shadows and Echoes Sculpture Garden closely reflects the culture and ecology of Northwest Indiana: an industrial landscape at the eastern edge of the tall grass prairie. The sculptures, mixed with the landscape architecture, pay tribute to the environment that surrounds the area and the industrial influences of the region.

The campus added to its Sculpture Garden in June 2011 with Goodman’s newest sculpture, “Tapestry.”  Goodman’s cast bronze sculpture was inspired by the character and achievements of Chancellor Emeritus Bruce W. Bergland, who served the Northwest campus from 1999 until 2010. Composed of a series of interlocking and linked components, from a football helmet, to a tree root, and military shields, the 13-foot by 9-foot artwork permanently hangs opposite the entrance of the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium.

In the Chicago area, Goodman’s most visible public works include a monumental wall relief at the Chicago McCormick Place South Pavilion and a permanent, large-scale bronze installation at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.

Presentations by the recipients of the Distinguished Scholarship Creative Activity Award have become an annual tradition at IU Northwest. In 2010, the inaugural award year, the honor was bestowed upon IU Northwest Professor of Fine Arts David Klamen.

Klamen teaches drawing, painting, fundamental studio, and art theory. He is an accomplished artist and is represented by Richard Gray Gallery in New York and Chicago. Klamen has artworks in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

To learn more details about the upcoming Distinguished Scholarship Creative Activity Award presentation, please contact Cynthia O’Dell, Ph.D., at (219) 980-6509 or


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