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"Dance of the Ray" Installed Outside Paul Creative Arts Center

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 3, 2010

"Dance of the Ray" by Gary Haven Smith. Granite, (49" by 18" by 14") outside the PCAC. Wes LaFountain photos.

A granite sculpture by UNH alum Gary Haven Smith (’73) has been installed outside the entrance to Paul Creative Arts Center on Academic Way.  

“Dance of the Ray” was purchased by the Museum of Art after a painting owned by the museum was sold. Smith, a New Hampshire artist and sculptor, had donated “Dance of the Ray” to the museum for its fundraising auction but it didn’t attract a bidder. When the painting was sold, the proceeds were used to buy Smith’s six-foot sculpture as a permanent part of the museum’s collection.

The idea of putting a piece of public art outside the Paul Creative Arts Center was revisited when the small courtyard at the main entrance was undergoing a facelift.

“For some time, members of the museum have expressed the desire to install a work of art outside the Paul Creative Arts Center that symbolizes the creativity that goes on throughout the building. The Smith piece represents that kind of creative energy: work of sound design, passionate and dynamic, yet controlled technically,” says Wes LaFountain, interim director of the Museum of Art. “The fact that we were able to acquire and install this work of art during our 50th anniversary year is a big deal for us as we’ve had several volunteers who have been working towards that end for more than two years now.

 “We’re excited to add a work by Gary Haven Smith to our permanent collection.  He’s an alum and is a successful working artist who has exhibited and is collected internationally. In my mind, it adds a touch of grace and serenity – hard to do with solid rock – to the revamped entryway from Academic Way to the PCAC.”


Artist and sculptor Gary Haven Smith



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