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Free Flow Open House

invitation 9–28–2007

Wyrick was commissioned to produce Free Flow in 2005 by IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering for the lobby of its Max Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory lobby and when the sculpture was installed in 2007, its very positive reception encouraged her to try entering it in the National Pen Women Art’s Biennial competition.

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NLAPW SUBMISSION FOR ART AWARD...

In the year 2000, Wyrick became a member of the NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women), Iowa City Chapter.) NLAPW membership is offered to women who are professional artists, writers and composers (music) with screening for quality of their work. She has regularly attended monthly meetings of the Iowa City / Eastern Iowa Chapter and has valued the friendships and artistic growth possible.

 

In 2016, Wyrick and a Williamsburg, Maryland friend attended an NLAPW Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C. where the National Headquarters is located in the Pen Arts Building. At that Biennial she found the quality of the Pen Women’s artistic work, the other Pen Arts members and the Biennial program to be outstanding and stimulating.

 

Free Flow's  photograph and brochure; along with a short bio of the artist were included in her application:

          Free Flow (photo of installation)

          Medium Cast bronze / falling water sculpture

          PhotographyMichael Stenerson 

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Free Flow Brochure

SHIRLEY WYRICK – SHORT BIO

Shirley Wyrick’s major sculptures for public viewing in Iowa City are located at the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory Building, the Levitt Center for University Advancement, the University of Iowa Blank Honors Center, and the Johnson County Administration Building. Works in Des Moines include the State of Iowa Historical Building, and the Regency West Office Park. These works are created in cast metals—iron or bronze—and some of them include fabricated metal and glass.


Wyrick’s solo exhibitions include the Muscatine Art Center, University of Iowa Theatres, the Blanden Art Museum, the McNider Museum, Cornell College, North Hennepin Community College, and the Art Center of Minnesota.


I have explored the real, theoretical, and metamorphic properties of water in all its states – ice, water, and vapor. The waterfall provides the viewer an opportunity for contemplation and meditation. As you examine each of the three bronze watercourses, note how the detailed relief images flow from one to the next, often transformed as they progress.”

WYRICK AWARDED NLAPW NATIONAL FIRST PLACE IN ART 2018...

First Place prizes are awarded in the three membership categories (Art, Writing, Music) at each Biennial. So in 2018, Wyrick entered Free Flow in the biennial conference, held this one time in Des Moines, Iowa, and she won the First Place Award in ART.

FREE FLOW POSTING IN LOBBY OF IIHR...

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Free Flow

Shirley Wyrick, artist

Materials Cast bronze / falling water sculpture

PhotographyMichael Stenerson 

2007 

FREE FLOW explores the real, theoretical, and metamorphic properties of water in all its states – ice, water, and vapor. The waterfall provides the viewer an opportunity for contemplation and meditation. As you examine each of the three bronze watercourses, note how the detailed relief images flow from one to the next, often transformed as they progress. As a whole, the images symbolize the vast reach and breadth of IIHR’s fundamental hydroscience research, practical application, and education, as well as that of hydroscience in general.

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