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January 13, 2011

ULM art professor's work highlighted at massive public art initiative in Alabama

The work of Cliff Tresner, an associate professor of art at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was recently selected to be among the largest public art initiative to date in Huntsville, Ala.

The initiative, called the SPACES sculpture trail because of the town's association with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center,  includes 25 large-scale sculptures  located throughout the city. The Arts Council welcomed Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and sponsors of the SPACES sculpture trail on Jan. 10, which included the unveiling of Tresner's "Oarspace" as the final sculpture  that completes the trail.

Tresner's sculpture, his biography and artist's statement may be seen at A "People's Choice" award will be given based on visitors to the initiative's web site who have the opportunity to cast their online vote for the artwork they most enjoy.

The sculpture trail is interactive and can be enjoyed through guided tours, individual map-guided walking tours, and GPS-guided tours. There is also a cell phone tour available that provides information about each piece. Throughout the two  years of the trail's time in Huntsville, there will be special  educational workshops and tourist guides available.

Tresner, who has been teaching sculpture and drawing at ULM since 1997 and is the director of ULM's Sculpture Garden, encourages everyone to visit the ULM Sculpture Garden located on Mitchell St. and advocates the 24-hour accessibility of the public art, calling it "art for everybody at anytime."

For more information about the sculptures and interactive opportunities, visit or

For more pictures of Tresner's art work, visit

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