“Blue Centripetal Drawing” is an unusual work of art on display at Castleton State College. “I think I see a ghost of an hyperbolic arc there,” said senior Josh Branson, a geometry student. “You can’t really trace the curve of this kind of conic section—it continues to infinity.”
Rutland artist Bill Ramage has an impressive resume. His work has been critically acclaimed by America’s top art critics and scholars. Now, one of Ramage’s large canvas works is on permanent display at Castleton State College.
As part of the college’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, Ramage’s major piece, titled “Blue Centripetal Drawing”, was unveiled by the artist, a professor emeritus at CSC. Ramage work was dedicated in the college’s Florence Black Lobby of the Jeffords Center.
“Blue Centripetal Drawing” is an unusual piece that measures 13 feet across, nine feet high. It’s abstract geometric patterns are fascinating to study and several CSC math students were on hand to dissect the piece’s various shapes.
“I think I see a ghost of an hyperbolic arc there,” said senior Josh Branson, who likes math and geometry. “You can’t really trace the curve of this kind of conic section—it continues to infinity.”
Ramage is best remembered by alumni of the college for his “Soundings” class which included lectures, various performances—including music and dance—and art exhibits. The program is alive and well and into its 24th year.
“As curator of the Christine Price Gallery in the Fine Arts Center, Professor Ramage has brought six art exhibits to the college every year, offering students, faculty and staff the chance to see the currency of the art world today,” according to President David Wolk.
Professor Ramage taught art from 1978 until he retired in 2007. He now teaches part-time and directs the Christine Price Gallery in the Fine Arts Center on campus.