Winning Sculpture Now On Display at Spradling House


hoffman-deannaA two-part steel sculpture titled “Emergence” and designed by Southeast Missouri State University student Deanna Hoffman was selected and is on display as an outdoor artwork for a year at the Spradling House at 1304 Broadway in Cape Girardeau.

The earthy dark sculpture, standing roughly nine feet tall is a reflection of nature—from the rocky bottom to its emerging leafy top, symbolizing something growing and persisting from difficult times.

In April, Rick Hetzel of R. Hetzel Properties, funded a one-of-a-kind, outdoor artwork designed by a Southeast art student to serve as an inspirational focal point for the Spradling House.  Last spring, Hoffman was awarded the Spradling House Sculpture Grant which provides one student with $750 for materials, design, fabrication, installation costs and transportation to the site. Hoffman’s work was selected after a call for proposals was announced to students and an assortment of proposals of various styles and compositions complementary to the Spradling House exterior were submitted.  The winning proposal was selected in April.

The sculpture, installed in October, will remain on display for a year, at which time the artwork will return to the artist.

Photo Caption: Deanna Hoffman and Chris Wubbena, right, professor of art, with Hoffman’s “Emergence” sculpture.