There is a 64-foot display spanning the second floor of the state senate building in Annapolis. It lines the pathway to the committee chambers, luring the legislators, staffers and visitors inside into the 150-year legacy of Towson University. It will be in place during the entire 2016 legislative session.
The display is made of eight panels connected by 16 handmade columns. It was custom-installed this winter by a small group of TU carpenters led by Dominick Deremigis and Bill Kerfoot. What they created is art—and it may help keep Towson in legislator’s minds during important votes.
“We wanted to use our 150th anniversary to show off the history of Towson University and demonstrate what a world-class operation we are,” said Vice President for Administration and Finance Joe Oster. “It’s important for us to help legislators understand how Towson contributes to the state.”
The display was a group effort that started last spring when Carpenter Shop Supervisor Jeff Clark was asked if such a project was even possible. The carpentry drawings that he created showed panels bordered with molding and trim, consistent with the stately feel of the senate building. They were a hit. Working within the specifications of Jeff’s drawing, Creative Services Senior Graphic Designer Chris Komisar designed panels showing the university’s progression over 150 years. The panels include photos of historical significance, like the first intercollegiate football game and yearbook photos of the first four African-American students.
Jim Lasher in Art Services brought Chris’s designs to life by printing and mounting them onto specially-made boards. Then, a carpentry team made of Dominick, Bill, Frank Fralinger and Brian Green built frames and columns to encompass the boards and connect them into two cohesive panels, one for each side of the building.
“We love doing things like this,” Jeff said. ”It was out of the norm and a challenge, but we got to show some of our talent and do a good thing for the university.”
This December, panel pieces were loaded into a truck borrowed from Materiel Management (one of the few on campus big enough to hold the installation), driven to Annapolis, and installed in the Miller Senate Building over a period of two days.
The installation was unveiled at a TU Founder’s Day ceremony January 15. We think TU’s Founders would be proud—of the university, the display, and the carpenters that made it happen.