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Photo of Dedication of Summer Night Tree courtesy Ella Sharp Museum

JACKSON, MI – Marking the birthday of famous sculptor and artist Louise Nevelson, Jackson City Council members declared Sept. 23 to be Louise Nevelson Day during their meeting this week.

The late, Russian-born artist created the sculpture “Summer Night Tree” and presented it to the city of Jackson in 1978. The 30-foot tall steel compilation of geometric shapes painted black rests on the corner of Francis Street and Michigan Avenue in downtown Jackson.

“Louise Nevelson is one of the most celebrated 20th Century sculptors,” said Janet Meyer, chairwoman of the Jackson Public Arts Commission. “Her vision and gift to Jackson is priceless and we are thrilled to be honoring her by celebrating Louise Nevelson Day in our community.”

JPAC submitted the resolution marking the new holiday to City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Council voted 6-0 to approve the resolution; Councilwoman Kimberly Jaquish, 2nd Ward, was absent.

“We are thrilled to be able to share this amazing artist’s work with the students of Jackson County,” said Thomas McMillen-Oakley, member of JPAC. “Nevelson’s artwork is always one of the favorites when we visit the area museums and public areas. Her work is accessible to all ages.”

JPAC has distributed “Louise Nevelson Day Classroom Activity Packets” to teachers in Jackson Public Schools to introduce students to the artist and her work this month. To request a packet, call 517-788-4035 or email toakley@cityofjackson.org. Additional festivities are planned for Sept. 23.

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