Former visiting artist’s grape hyacinth project now in bloom

(John Russell/Vanderbilt)

Acclaimed Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt senior art majors and other volunteers, participated in a campus art project last October, when they planted 4,400 grape hyacinth bulbs, mapping out Campos-Pons’ hometown.

Outline of the artist's Cuban hometown, courtesy Google Maps

The flowers are now in bloom at the northeast corner of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

The planting session was the culmination of a week-long residency jointly sponsored by the Department of Art, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of History of Art, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, Program in African American and Diaspora Studies, Atlantic World Seminar, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Neil Leonard, and the College of Arts and Science.

The project was made possible through the Hamblet Project Series, which is supported by the Margaret Stonewall Hamblet Fund.

Assisting were Deputy Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Environment Judson Newbern, horticulturalist Laura Barker and members of the Vanderbilt grounds crew.

Contact: Diane Acree