Teams to scour for art in Amazing Aggie Art Race
Event designed to enhance student art awareness
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 01:10
Some art just can’t be framed.
The University Art Galleries Department will be offering students a chance to find art all across the University. On Thursday from 2-4 p.m., the department will hold its annual Amazing Aggie Art Race.
Twelve teams of four students will race around campus to locate pieces of art and perform various tasks, much like the popular TV show “Amazing Race.” An awards ceremony with prizes will end the event.
“This event is intended to broaden student’s awareness of the importance of art, not only on campus, but in their daily lives,” said Lynn McDaniel, organizer communications specialist at the University Art Galleries and event organizer. “The winning team will receive a collection of prizes, and all 48 participants and 30 volunteers will receive a free T-shirt for the event.”
Architecture professor Stephen Caffey said the race could improve art awareness across campus and he highly encouraged his students to participate.
“The race does improve art awareness because most students are either dashing to class, checking Facebook or otherwise distracted when walking across campus,” Caffey said.
Students are both participating and volunteering in the race to increase art awareness around campus.
“I think it’s a really awesome event because there are so many sculptures and art installments around campus that people haven’t noticed,” said Taylor Wilson, sophomore math major. “This will help bring awareness to the fact that A&M is actually very involved in the arts.”
Caffey said the event has the potential to emphasize the importance of art in the daily lives of students while cultivating a fun environment.
“Art is an expression of our humanity, and the more art we have on campus the more evidence we provide that we are committed to the fundamental values of human civilization,” Caffey said. “Humans may be able to survive without art but cannot thrive without art.”
The art race will offer students the chance to interact with art outside of the confines of a traditional gallery, which Caffey said will add an extra dimension to their experience.
“One of the many benefits of the race is affording students the opportunity to engage with art in ways that maximize their sensory experiences of the works,” Caffey said. “It’s great to encounter works of art in a gallery setting, which allows one to really look and ponder and reflect, but adding an outdoor competitive element to the experience of art heightens the senses and intensifies the encounter.”