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Class of 2010 dedicates Bedsole sculpture to Monroe Library

Loyola press release - September 3, 2010

The Loyola University New Orleans Class of 2010 has dedicated a sculpture to the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library as a remembrance of their time at the university.

The sculpture, “Reference Boat,” which hangs in the library’s Learning Commons, was installed on Aug. 27. Designed by Raine Bedsole, College of Music and Fine Arts Visiting Committee member, the sculpture adopted the theme of the library and was created using library reference materials. The work of art resembles a boat from which hang numerous quotes submitted by the graduating seniors.

The quotes, describing students’ warm feelings and fond memories of Loyola, include “Finish Strong,” inspired by New Orleans Saints quarterback, Super Bowl MVP and Loyola 2010 unified commencement speaker, Drew Brees.

More than 120 Loyola seniors, alumni, parents and friends donated to this year’s Senior Class Gift Campaign, raising more than $1,400. In an overwhelming decision, the Class of 2010 voted to dedicate the gift to the library.

The Senior Class Gift Campaign, administered by the Office of Annual Giving, has been a tradition since 1998. The gifts are a way for graduating students to thank those who have contributed in the past, give a nod to the value of their Loyola education and display their Wolfpack pride for future generations to come.

“The Senior Class Gift is an important part of the history of our graduating classes, and the story of the Class of 2010 is particularly moving. They were the first class admitted to Loyola after Katrina, and many students, individually and as part of the university, played important roles in renewing the city. Their story will be forever remembered through this year’s class gift,” said Shon Cowan Baker, associate director of annual giving.

Bedsole has become an active and prominent force in the New Orleans art scene. Her work has been seen and honored in galleries throughout the world. Bedsole’s work is currently on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Gallery Bienvenu in New Orleans, Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tenn. and Wade Wilson’s Gallery in Houston, Texas.

For more information on the Senior Class Gift Campaign, contact Baker at 504-861-5568 or sacowan@loyno.edu.