St. Mary’s College has selected a final design for the Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland, an effort inspired by archaeological investigations revealing evidence of two separate and distinct slave quarters: one from the 18th century; the other from the 19th century.
The purpose of the Commemorative is to acknowledge the existence of slavery within the region and remember the resilience of the affected enslaved people.
Three finalists presented their concept sketches and models for the design of this important commemorative to the College community on Feb. 12 (RE:Site), Feb. 13 (The Studio of Donna Dobberfuhl), and Feb. 14 (Steven Prince). Below you will find information on each finalist, a video of each presentation, and an opportunity to provide feedback.
On Friday, March 8, the selection committee announced the artist selected to design a Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland is the design firm RE:site led by founders Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton. The selection committee considered comments from students, faculty, staff and community members when making its decision.
About the Finalists:
RE:site | Shane Allbritton, Norman Lee, and Quenton Baker
Sculptural Designs Atelier | Donna L. Dobberfuhl
Donna L. Dobberfuhl
Oscar Saenz III
Oscar Saenz III has a BFA in sculpture and painting from University of Incarnate Word. He has a post baccalaureate art history degree from Texas State Academie d’Arte Florence, Italy. Saenz has 15 years’ experience in industrial fabrication and sculpture.
Ricky D. Reyes
Ricky D. Reyes is a registered architect, steel sculpture artist, author and historian. He has donated much of his artwork to cancer patients. After completing his first book on Native American four directions prayer, he is working with a local archaeologist on his next book, dating the prayer back 52 thousand years.
Steve A. Prince
Steve A. Prince