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ACCC Receives Sculpture by Late Art Instructor

October 19, 2005

The work of a former Atlantic Cape Community College art instructor and Cape May County resident was donated to the college last month and will be permanently displayed at the new Cape May County Campus.

Gerald Lynch’s “Birth of Intuition,” a bronze sculpture depicting an unfinished man hovering with a cloak over a woman, is on display in the information commons.

“This piece makes a visible statement of the connection of education and the arts community,” said Cheryl Crews, an adjunct instructor at ACCC and Lynch’s former wife who gifted the piece to the college. “I want to see a strong art curriculum develop here, and hopefully this piece will encourage artistic growth along with intelligence.”

Lynch was a sculptor and served as an adjunct instructor at ACCC from 1990 until his death in September 2000, at age 56. Lynch was a visionary artist who worked largely in stone and marble. He is well known for his Goddess series, which he began in 1988 and continued until his death. His quest, through the Earth Goddess series, was to raise human consciousness to respect the earth and become less destructive.

Lynch exhibited nationally and internationally, and he completed numerous commissions, most recently a Holocaust Memorial for Brigantine. He won a gold medal at the Allied Artists of America’s 62nd annual exhibit and appeared in the Academy Award-winning documentary film, “The Stone Carvers.” He carved at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., as well as major pieces in Italy, Scotland and Poland. He was Sculptor-in-Residence at the Carving Studio in Rutland, Vt., and at Wheaton Village in Millville. Lynch was an instructor at the International Marble Carving Symposium in Marble, Colo., for six years, and at the Southwest stone carving symposium in New Mexico in 1999.