Student

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G. ALDEN SMITH (1912–1993)Student, 1948, Carved limestone reliefWSU Commission

Student is an allegorical figure representing youth and learning. G. Alden Smith
carved smooth, rounded shapes into the porous stone, developing the figure as
a series of forms linked into a complex whole. Smith taught at WSU from 1940–1983. He fostered Detroit’s Cass Corridor art movement of the 1960’s and 70’s and founded Common Ground, an inexpensive cooperative studio for young Detroit artists.