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Keystone of Liberty

Governors Award for the Arts

The finished award, in maple and walnut.

When the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts were recognized in October, they each received an award designed and handcrafted in the Wood Center at IUP. Students in the Advanced Woodworking class created the awards under the supervision of John Hallett, Windgate artist in residence, and BA Harrington, Wood Center director and assistant professor of woodworking.

The students were invited to submit proposals, and Hallett and Harrington selected a design by John Miller ’89, ’94. An IUP Information Technology retiree, Miller has returned to campus to take woodworking classes. His design merges the Pennsylvania Keystone (in maple) and the Liberty Bell (in walnut), which represents artistic expression as the keystone of liberty.

Jonathan Simkins and BA Harrington, Wood Center director, were at work in the weeks before the ceremony.

Jonathan Simkins and BA Harrington, Wood Center director, were at work in the weeks before the ceremony.