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WIU Art Labeling Project Almost Complete

Jul 9, 2014

Retired Western Illinois University professor  Gil Belles is patiently waiting for the completion of his campus art labeling project.

The idea is to give credit where credit is due. Many sculptures on campus did not identify the artist, so Belles spent the past year working to fix that.

Sculpture in front of Hainline Theatre.
Credit Frannie Smith

He did his research on the sculptures that needed a label.  Now it is a matter of making the plaques that will recognize the artists.

"The provost office found some loose change to support the purchase of the plaques," Belles said.

"I still have some optimism that they might actually put on the pieces before the summer ends."

Belles said the project was supported by the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the Department of Art, and the Physical Plant.