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Simpson Megaplanet to Iowa State

Alumni Josh Simpson and Tom Vilsack '72 launched planet at Iowa State Brunnier Art Museum

By Holly Foster  |  Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted January 26, 2001

Two alumni from the class of 1972 had a chance to reminisce about their days at Hamilton on Sunday, Jan. 28,  many miles away from the Hill, in Ames, Iowa.  Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and glass sculptor Josh Simpson were among speakers at Iowa State University's Brunnier Art Museum, when Simpson's glass sculpture, Megaplanet, became part of the museum's permanent collection. Simpson's sculpture was commissioned for the 25th anniversary of University Museums at Iowa State University and will be featured in the exhibition, Permanent Collection: Master Works of Art, through Aug. 11, 2001.

Simpson received a bachelor's degree in 1972 from Hamilton, where he became acquainted with fellow Hamilton College student Tom Vilsack, also a 1972 graduate. Simpson's works of art have been exhibited in the Smithsonian, the White House, the Metropolitan Musem of Art, the National Air and Space Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, and in museums in Japan, France, Germany and Switzerland. An artist working in glass since the 1970s, Simpson presented a solo exhibition at the Brunnier Art Museum in 1988.  Tom Vilsack was elected governor of Iowa in 1998.

On his Megaplanet, Simpson said, "Over the years my Planets have become more and more complex - the Brunnier's Megaplanet is the largest I have made to date. There were nine attempts and a myriad of technical and artisitic challenges that were overcome to complete this symbol of the 25th anniversary of the museum."

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