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Shirley Wyrick, American Sculptor

Shirley Wyrick creates sculptures in cast and fabricated metals—iron, bronze, and steel—often including mixed media such as glass and ash. Her work focuses primarily on river themes and mindscape. Wyrick’s sculptures and drawings are located in museums and public collections locally, nationally, and internationally. Wyrick is a longtime resident of Iowa City and has a deep respect for the Iowa river that runs through this vibrant university community.

In Free Flow, Wyrick explores the real, theoretical, and metaphoric properties of water in all of its states—ice, water, and vapor. the images in Free Flow represent the research and educational activities conducted at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering since its inception in 1920, activities that span a broad spectrum of theoretical and applied inquiries into fluid processes and flow.

Wyrick has a BA in liberal arts, as well as an MA (1976) and an MFA (1983) in art with emphasis on sculpture and drawing from the University of Iowa.

Sculpture commissioned by: IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, College of Engineering, the University of Iowa

Sculpture by: Shirley Wyrick, Iowa City, Iowa

Bronze casting: American Bronze Casting Ltd., Osceola, Wis.

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Posted on May 9th, 2011

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