The Travis Poster Collection
A display celebrating the career of acclaimed sculptor and Lincoln Land Community College alumnus Michael Dunbar will open in the college’s James S. Murray Gallery Sept. 20. The exhibit, “THE TRAVIS POSTER COLLECTION: A visual celebration documenting the 34-year evolution of sculpture by Michael Dunbar,” includes 28 framed posters, each signed by Dunbar, highlighting his public and private works that are installed throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Dunbar enrolled at LLCC in 1968 and found encouragement from Professor George Lowry, a founding instructor in LLCC’s art department. Despite awards and accolades, and a collection of works displayed internationally, Mr. Dunbar continued to return to Springfield to shepherd the careers of emerging artists and champion efforts for public art funding through the Percentage for Arts program.
LLCC has several Dunbar pieces on display. The largest, “Stele Head,” was donated by Dr. Travis and is temporarily stored pending completion of campus construction projects. Two earlier Dunbar pieces accentuate LLCC hallways. Dr. Travis was first introduced to Dunbar’s work at the gallery by its namesake, Professor James S. Murray, another founding member of the LLCC art department.