Time to pass on the torch to new artists

Time to pass on the torch to new artists

IoanninaLakeRun 2018 passeson the torch to new artists, after a series of collectible medals created by recognized sculptors such as the director of the First Sculpting Workshop of the Athens School of Fine Arts, Theodoros Papagiannis and the assistant professor of the Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences of the School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina, Christos Skalkotos. 

After the latter’s initiative and the agreement of the Organizing Committee of Ioannina Lake Run, that aims to connect sports with culture, this year’s medal will be created by sophomore students of the Sculpting Workshop of the Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences of the School of Fine Arts of the local University.

UnderMr. Skalkotos guidance, more than ten proposals have been submitted and the one on which the new medal will be based on, will soon be announced.

This initiative has a double cause: on the one hand to help the students contact with an applied form of artistic creation, on the other hand to connect the University of Ioannina with the local community, through the runners’ movement.

“The medal is an object of design, more “democratic” than a work of art”, said Mr. Skalkotos and explained: “Every artist’s desire is to see one of his/her artworks in a museum. The philosophy of design is different though. The created work must be given to the people. Combining these two is our purpose. Using the rules of creating art, the students are encouraged to adapt their proposals on a useful object, that will reach the runners’ hands”.

The process, from designing to creating the casts, was, according to the students, very interesting and helped them come up with new ideas. They also had to work many hours as a group, exchange opinions and ideas which led to gaining an important experience.

The Organizing Committee of Ioannina Lake Run would like to thank the sophomore students of the Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences of the School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina and of course Mr. Skalkotos, and ask the local community to embrace the human resources of the University, by recognizing and rewarding their offerings to the city.