Iron sculpture by international artist on display at Keystone

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Posted: 06/19/2013

La Plume, Pa.A cast iron sculpture by internationally recognized artist Coral Lambert is currently being displayed on the Keystone College campus.

Thunder Cloud

The eight-foot by eight-foot sculpture, “Thunder Cloud” is located near the main entrance to campus. The work has been loaned to Keystone for two years as part of the recent Keystone College Iron Works/Arts on Fire celebration held earlier this month at the Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton.

Keystone received a grant for $18,300 from Lackawanna Heritage Valley to help fund the Keystone College Iron Works program for local students and create a sculpture park for their iron designs along the Lackawanna Heritage Valley trail system in Lackawanna County

Keystone Iron Works is a six-week iron casting program for high school students in partnership with the Arts Engage Program of Lackawanna County. The program was created by Keystone art instructor Nikki Moser and Keystone College alumnus Pat McGowan. Ms. Lambert and artist Vaughn Randall served as guest instructors for the program. A work created by Mr. Randall will be placed along the Lackawanna Heritage Valley hiking trails and Ms. Lambert’s work is on display at Keystone. The grant to Keystone was sponsored by Lackawanna Heritage Valley in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Park Service.

“We are very grateful to have the opportunity to display Coral Lambert’s renowned iron sculpture, ‘Thunder Cloud’ on our campus,” said Keystone College President Dr. David Coppola. “At Keystone, we have a long and proud history of supporting the arts. Today’s presentation of her work certainly adds to that tradition. In addition, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to Lackawanna Heritage Valley and its partners for providing funding to support Keystone College Iron Works. Lackawanna Heritage Valley truly makes our area a wonderful place to live and work.”    

A native of England, Ms. Lambert is an associate professor and head of the Sculpture Department at Alfred University and directs the National Casting Center’s Foundry Program. As an International Research Fellow in Cast Metals at the University of Minnesota from 1996-1999, she became widely respected for contemporizing the ancient metal casting process. Ms. Lambert chaired the International Conference on Cast Iron Art in Ironbridge, England before taking the conference across the Atlantic for the first time in 2006.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley is a partnership of government, business, civic organizations, and individuals dedicated to the development of the region’s historic, cultural, economic, and natural resources through preservation, education, and promotion of our area’s heritage.

Photo Caption: Gathering in front of the “Thunder Cloud” iron sculpture on the Keystone College campus are, from left, Nikki Moser, Keystone College art instructor; Natalie Gelb, executive director of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley; Patrick McGowan, Keystone College Iron Works Program; “Thunder Cloud” creator Coral Lambert and Dr. David Coppola, Keystone College president.(Keystone College photo by Professor Ward Roe).