William Jewell College will unveil a new outdoor sculpture to honor the memory of a former instructor and patron of the arts.
The piece, Bruno Romeda’s Elipse (1987), will be dedicated in celebration and memory of Juanita (Cranfill) Trotter ’52 at a ceremony at the college at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10. A reception will follow in Gano Assembly.
Juanita Trotter was a former instructor of English, political science, history and art history at William Jewell and provided many gifts for scholarships and artwork on campus. Alongside her late husband, former William Jewell philosophy professor Dr. Robert Trotter (d. 1996), Juanita was an avid supporter of the Harriman-Jewell Series, as well as the Lyric Opera and Kansas City Symphony. Juanita Trotter passed away at the age of 89 on Feb. 12, 2016, at her home in Liberty.
The artwork, appropriately placed in the Trotter Arts Plaza north of Pryor Learning Commons, was crafted in 1987 by the Italian sculptor Bruno Romeda. Romeda is well known for using simple geometric shapes. Elipse, a nearly 5-foot wide bronze circle with a black patina, is designed to frame and articulate the space and horizon line when placed in an outdoor setting. From Jewell’s Quad, Elipse frames the campus entrance as a reminder of students’ connections with the community. For guests arriving on campus, the view through the sculpture accentuates the heart of campus.