Our Honored Weekend

October 24, 2011

We are back home from our spectacular weekend at Cornell University with the voices of many renewed friendships fresh in our minds and many honors warming our hearts. Let me share these moments with you.

First, on Thursday we spent the day and evening at the College of Human Ecology (my alma mater) attending the dedication of their beautiful new building.

At 11 AM Dean Alan Mathios spoke in glowing terms about the use of the building. He described  the future of the young students who will move through its halls to receive their education in cutting edge technology that involves cross disciplinary studies in arts and science. He spoke of the tragic demise of the old building  and the difficult days immediately following its condemnation. The Dean ended his address with a quote from my statement on the plaque that is beside the sculpture Epilogue 19 that Jerry and I donated to the College. “Out of adversity comes the possibility for beautiful new life.” I was blown away!!!

After the ribbon cutting Jerry, my daughter Laurie and I had lunch…which was spread throughout the building, so you could tour and munch at the same time. We met and talked with some very impressive students who were demonstrating their research. The air is electric with their excitement.

That evening, the three of us were hosted by the Dean at a small champagne

Jerry, Pat, Dean Alan Mathios, Laurie under Epilogue 19

reception for the donors where we received a thank you gift of a beautiful painting of the College’s original building, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. We then stepped into a beautiful  great hall, the Commons, for a wonderful sit down dinner. It was a grand time to be with old friends who had come back for the dedication of the building. Highlight of the room was the chandelier lighting, created  by the Human Ecology Design students to replicate cloud formations and made of material from New Zealand that is used to manage oil spills. They are stunning. The evening

Cloud Chandeliers, College of Human Ecology

finished with a beautiful concert by the Cornell University Women’s and Men’s choirs.

 

 

The next two days were devoted to the 40th anniversary of the 1971 Cornell Ivy League Football Championship. But first we toured the beautiful I.M. Pei extension of the Johnson Art Museum and the Cornell Plantation grounds to see the Andy Goldsworthy sculpture.

That night we had our own Musick family reunion dinner with fifteen Musick family and friends. What a delight to all get together… four generations and three of our five great grandsons. After dinner we attended the first event of the football reunion, a reception in the Schoellkopf  Hall Tradition Room where memories of ’71 and large mural size pictures of Jack Musick, the head coach (and head of the family until his death in 1977) were arranged. I told Laurie and Jerry that my outstanding impression was having my face buried in sooo many big chests as I was hugged throughout the evening.

The next day was the tailgate lunch with photo ops as we all made like the team picture.  There was  the sight of two of my daughters walking with the

Pat with '71 Co-Captains Tom Albright and Bill Ellis

team out on the field at half time to stand in  for their father and me. I won’t discuss the game!

That night we all met in the Schoellkopf Hall Trophy Room for a lovely dinner and great, funny speeches from  five of the players now in the Hall of Fame. At the end I introduced grand daughter Jenny Musick Wright who presented the DVD she has created to honor Jack and his family. It was a tear jerker but everyone loved it…more hugs!!!

What an incredible experience.

The Musick Family with '71 Team Families

About Pat Musick

For all of my life (since I was four), I have made art. Using my hands to create artwork is a privilege and a joy. If the art has a sense of peace...a zen feeling, then I have succeeded in my desire to make work that is harmonious and whole. In order to achieve that goal, the art must be experienced. This website will provide that encounter and introduces you to my sculpture, paintings and drawings that span a forty year period. You will be able to see from whence I came, the changes over time and where I am going today. There has been much growth. I began as a painter and transitioned to wall sculpture, then free standing works. Over the years, I have retained my interest in two dimensions by making works on paper. The art moved from expressionistic to abstract to conceptual and has undergone a steady reduction to simpler elements and media. The materials I use are stone, steel, wood, canvas and kozo paper and beeswax. Stone, wood, and beeswax reflect the natural world and steel, canvas and paper, the human. My artistic goal is to express the relationship between mankind and the environment and the tensions we exert upon each other. I search for resolution and reconciliation. I find it in the process of rebirth and renewal. From the natural world process of regeneration, I have learned that from adversity comes the chance for new beginnings. I make both large and small, indoor and outdoor sculpture and works on paper. My work is represented in the permanent collections of over fifty museums and public spaces in the country. I have MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University and I am the author of four books. I am represented by MK Fine Arts, Andover, New Hampshire, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont and in the Fall, 2011 The Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
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