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New engaging public art honoring Jack Trice will be installed outside Jack Trice Stadium within the newly created Albaugh Family Plaza late October.

Breaking Barriers by internationally known artist Ivan Toth Depeña features bronze cleat prints in the plaza floor leading up to an Artstone portal in the form of offensive lineman Trice breaking barriers. Visitors can walk through it following in Jack's footsteps.

Images of the sculpture are copyrighted artist renderings; the actual sculpture may appear different.

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About Jack Trice

 

Jack Trice was an exceptional student and skilled athlete who was the first Black student athlete at Iowa State. Trice studied animal husbandry and aspired to use his education to help Black farmers in the South. He was a member of the Cyclone football and track and field teams. 

Jack Trice died October 8, 1923 as a result of injuries he sustained playing in his second football game two days prior in Minnesota. He was 21 years old.

Trice is the namesake of the Iowa State University's football stadium, the only one at the nation’s major college football schools to be named for a Black man.

The installation of the Breaking Barriers sculpture marks the beginning of a year-long campus commemoration of Trice. Information about the commemoration can be found online at jacktrice100.com.

Read more about Jack Trice in the Iowa State University Biographical Dictionary online.

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About "Breaking Barriers"

 

Breaking Barriers is a poured concrete and bronze sculpture by internationally known artist Ivan Toth Depeña and features cleat prints in the Albaugh Family Plaza floor leading up to an Artstone portal in the form of offensive lineman Trice breaking barriers. Visitors can walk through it, following in Jack's footsteps.

University Museums at Iowa State University commissioned public artist Depeña to create this sculpture as part of the Art on Campus Collection. Depeña worked with a public art committee from concept to finalization to ensure this work of art memorializes Jack Trice. This Art on Campus committee includes representatives from ISU Athletics, University Museums, the ISU Alumni Association, an ISU Student representative, Facilities Planning and Management, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the University Museums Advisory Committee. Some of these representatives went on to serve on the Jack Trice Commemoration Committee.

The Breaking Barriers acquisition is made possible by the University Museums through the Joyce Tomlinson Brewer Fund for Art Acquisition; Office of the President; the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Iowa State University Athletics.

Image of the sculpture is a rendering; the actual sculpture may appear different.


 

When and where "Breaking Barriers" was installed

 

Breaking Barriers has been installed outside Jack Trice Stadium, 1732 S 4th St, Ames, IA, within the newly created Albaugh Family Plaza late October 2022. There is a Jack Trice 100 Commemoration Opening Ceremony at the location on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with no registration required. More information at jacktrice100.com.


 

Programs about Jack Trice and "Breaking Barriers"

 

Jack Trice 100 Commemoration Opening Ceremony

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
Albaugh Family Plaza, north of Jack Trice Stadium

The event is free with no registration required. Parking is available in the lots north of Jack Trice Stadium. The public program will feature the dedication of the Breaking Barriers sculpture by Ivan Toth Depeña; the naming of Jack Trice Way; and a City of Ames proclamation for the Jack Trice 100-Year Commemoration.

More information at jacktrice100.com

 

Honoring Jack Trice Exhibition

January 17-October 10, 2023
Neva M. Petersen Gallery, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall (lower level hallway)

Exhibition information coming soon


 

About artist Ivan Toth Depeña

 

I am interested in pursuing (both as a process and a means of learning) a true intersection between different disciplines. What holds my attention is the more elusive moment of "fusion" when developing my work and installations… Regarding process and inspiration for "making," I am absorbed in combining the ideas of chance and intention as both mechanism and inspiration…

Ivan Toth Depeña (American, b. 1972) is an artist currently based in Charlotte, NC, after having lived and worked in Miami, FL and New York, NY. Depeña’s  design studio is known as Airboat, Inc. With a master’s in architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Depeña’s artistic production is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology and design, and encompasses a range of media.

Depeña has been working increasingly in the public art realm and maintains a rigorous and experimental, self-directed studio practice. He has exhibited extensively, nationally and internationally, in both solo and group exhibitions, and his work is held in numerous public and private collections, such as the Colorado Regional Transportation District, The Ohio State University, and the Nashville International Airport.

ivandepena.com


 

About project manager & ISU alumnus Chris Beorkrem

 

Chris Beorkrem is the project manager from Depeña Studio for Breaking Barriers. He is an Iowa State alumnus (2001) with a B.A. in Architecture from the College of Design. He went on to get a M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

Chris Beorkrem (left) with artist Ivan Toth Depeña at Breaking Barriers


 

Jack Trice in the Art on Campus Collection

 

Jack Trice, 1988
Christopher B. Bennett
Bronze
Commissioned by the Government of the Student Body, Iowa State University. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. U88.22abcd

Find this sculpture on the north side of Beardshear Hall

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I Will! The Jack Trice Legacy, 2009
Ed Dwight
Cast iron, bronze sculpture
Commissioned by the University Museums, an Iowa Art in State Buildings Project for Jack Trice Stadium. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. U2009.182a-i

Find this sculpture at Jack Trice Stadium on the East Concourse.

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The Breaking Barriers acquisition is made possible by the University Museums through the Joyce Tomlinson Brewer Fund for Art Acquisition; Office of the President; the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and, Iowa State University Athletics

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