Bob and Ruth Vogele Are Creating a “Walking Gallery” of Art

Above: Chancellor Susan J. Koch with Ruth and Robert Vogele on the occasion of a reception honoring the Vogeles for their many contributions of art to UIS.

The Robert & Ruth Vogele Print and Sculpture Collection

If you happen to be in the University Hall Building, you might want to visit the art gallery on the second floor created with the print and sculpture contributions of Robert and Ruth Vogele.

The Vogeles, who collect primarily art from the 1940 through the present, have given over 20 works of art by contemporary artists to UIS. Their hope is that the art collection will inspire the many students who pass through the University Hall Buildings.

Mr. Vogele is described as a “groundbreaking design entrepreneur” by AIGA, the professional association for design, and in fact, AIGA gave Mr. Vogele its 2011 AIGA Medal “awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the field of design.”

It’s a tremendous honor to have the Vogele Print and Sculpture Collection at UIS.

Dodger by John HenryAnother Excellent Donation

With the desire to see UIS as a campus for art, in 2012, the Vogeles also donated Dodger, a large yellow sculpture by world-renowned artist John Henry to the university.

Vogele bought the sculpture, consisting of seven sections of intertwined linear steel,  in the 1970s from Henry.

Known for his large-scale public works of art, Henry’s trademark style has been described as “drawing in space” in such a way that his sculptures deny the weight of the separate elements and appears to reach into the sky.

In May, after full restoring Dodger, Henry and his crew erected the sculpture just outside the teardrop drive in front of the Public Affairs Center while Vogele and university officials looked on.

“It’s interesting to put things on campus, because students, young people, have a way of accepting things quicker,” said Henry. “I really hope people come away with a different idea of structure, a different idea of the man-made environment.”

The Vogeles would like students to be “surrounded by art and hope other collectors will donate work to the campus’ growing collection.