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WHAT:       new exhibition
                     The UMD Swenson Science Building:
                     Architect, Artist, Engineer

WHEN:       September 6 – October 9, 2005

WHERE:     Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth


This exhibition celebrates the opening of the Swenson Science Building at the University of Minnesota Duluth by presenting the work of the architects, artists, engineers, and designers who created it:

                                       Ross Barney + Jankowski, Inc.
                                                Architectural Design Consultant
                                       Stanius Johnson Architects, Inc. Architect
                                       Oslund. and .Associates, Landscape Architect
                                       John David Mooney, Public Artist(with BendTec, Inc., Duluth


John David Mooney

Chicago artist John David Mooney is creating a site-specific sculpture for the new Swenson Science Building at UMD. Titled Wild Ricing Moon, the monumental outdoor sculpture incorporates green space, walkways, and a pond in which wild rice will grow. The work is an outgrowth of meetings with educators, scientists, and Ojibway people from the region, as well as the projects architects. Mooney's designs for the sculpture, along with architectural models, drawings and computer animations of the Swenson Science Building are featured in an exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art,   Mooney has executed large-scale, site-specific pieces encompassing architecture and landscape for such clients as the Vatican Observatory, then British Prime Minister John Major, the Maltese government and IBM in Chicago. Mooney even came up with a design in the early 1990s for the suburban Rapid Transit Authority for a personal rapid-transit vehicle. His curvilinear, futuristic and aerodynamic four-passenger vehicle, called Taxi-2000, and transportation system are being implemented in a Chicago suburb. John David Mooney received an MFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1965.


Carol Ross Barney

Carol is founder and Principal of Ross Barney and Jankowski. She is responsible for the design excellence of all projects undertaken by the firm.  Dedicated to improving the built environment, her work has an international reputation in design of institutional and public buildings.  Her work has been published in national and international journals, books and newspapers. 


Carol is the recipient of the 2005 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.  This award recognizes excellence in architectural achievement.  Her work has been awarded with numerous honors including 4 Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and 18 awards from AIA Chicago.   Her drawings have been widely exhibited and collected by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Historical Society, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the National Building Museum. 

Recent commissions include the new United States Federal Building/Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States Federal Building in Oklahoma City, United States Border Station in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, a new laboratory building for the University of Minnesota at Duluth and reconstruction of two of Chicago’s most heavily used transit stations at Fullerton and Belmont Avenues.

Ross Barney is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  Following graduation, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica planning national parks. She has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Oklahoma (Goff Chair for Creative Architecture) and the Illinois Institute of Technology where she serves on the College Board of Overseers.



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