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— Yaacov Agam
Enterprises in the business of reducing the cost of the secondary purpose of the academy need to brighten things up a bit. Reducing cost to build and operate public assets is never as glamorous as making money; a feature of the consumer finance sector that insurance companies have managed with lighthearted campaigns. AFLAC uses a duck. GEICO uses a caveman and a lizard. Progressive Insurance uses a lady in white.
With publicly owned assets, however, the price signaling is largely hidden–except in cases of catastrophic cost overrun stories that make their way to headlines. It is more often the case that price signals are conveyed into material and labor costs of construction project bid tabs or facility O&M recharge rates back to academic units which then find their way into the cost sheets of federally-sponsored research. Pretty dreary stuff for most people.
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The painting was originally created as the cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post on March 2, 1946. Its inspiration came from Rockwell’s own childhood experiences attending a one-room schoolhouse in Vermont. The specific location depicted in the painting is not known, but it was likely a composite of different schools that Rockwell had seen or visited. It captures a sense of nostalgia for a simpler time when children learned in a communal setting, and the teacher played a central role in their education and personal development. Rockwell’s attention to detail in the painting, including the expressions on the children’s faces and the various objects in the room, create a vivid sense of realism and immersion in the scene.
Overall, “Country School” is a celebration of the importance of education, community, and childhood, and remains one of Rockwell’s most iconic works.
This painting is also sometimes referred to as “New England Country School.” It depicts a rural classroom with children and a young teacher, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Catskill Mountains in New York. Homer was known for his depictions of rural life, and “A Country Schoolroom” is a prime example of this theme in his work.
The painting is notable for its realism and attention to detail, from the rough wooden desks and chairs to the slate chalkboards and open textbooks. Homer’s use of light and shadow adds depth and atmosphere to the scene, and the expressions on the faces of the students and teacher convey a sense of seriousness and concentration.
Overall, “A Country Schoolroom” is a tribute to the value of education and the importance of community in rural America. The painting is currently in the collection of the St. Louis Art Museum and is considered one of Homer’s most iconic works.
Steeplechase Stroboscopic Photo | University of Colorado Boulder | ESPN | April 15, 2023
Women in Welding | Oklahoma Technical College | February 9, 2023 – This image is everywhere but unattributed but just to be sure we acknowledge that the image may be copyright protected.
University of Michigan | Mike Anthony | November 9, 2021
University of Cambridge | @SirCam | July 30, 2021
Georgian Court University | Angelina Monaco | May 29, 2021
University of Washington | Bob Noble Photography | April 16, 2021
University of Cambridge | @SirCam | April 4, 2021
University of Michigan | 29 January 2021 | Jerry Lai USA Today
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela | October 5, 2020 | Photo Credit: See Signature
Duquesne University Chapel | September 13, 2020 | Kristen Vota Photography
Lightridge High School | September 1, 2020 | Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.
Vanderbilt University | August 18, 2020 | John Russell
Michigan State University | July 30, 2020 | James Siatczynski
Ryerson University | June 4, 2020 | Scott Norsworthy
University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre | May 1, 2020 | Acton Ostry Architects
Rutgers University Nursing & Science Library | April 20, 2020 | Journal of the American Institute of Architects
Harvard Divinity School | April 5, 2020 | Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces
Magdelen College, University of Oxford | March 30, 2020
University of Saskatchewan | March 18, 2020 | Photo by David Stobbe
Aalto University | March 4, 2020 | Photo by Mike Huisman
University of Florida | February 14, 2020 | Photo by Richard Forbes
Stanford University | January 24, 2020 | Photo by Frank Chen
Aalto University | January 17, 2020 | Photo by Adolfo Vera
Cambridge University | December 10, 2019 | Photo by Sir Cam
University of Maryland | November 16, 2019 | Unsplash photo by Jeffrey F. Lin
London School of Economics | November 5, 2019 | Photo by Mark Wallinger
University of Tartu | October 29, 2019 | Photo by Matīss Rikters
University of Cambridge | October 28, 2019 | Photo by SirCam @cambridgediary
Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset | October 22, 2019 | Photo by Marie Ullnert
Clemson University | October 16, 2019 | Photo by Ken Scar
Yale University Chapel | October 13, 2019 | Photo by Harold Shapiro
Our Lady of the Lake University | October 6, 2019 | Photo by J.N. Rodriguez
University of California San Diego | October 3, 2019 | Photo by student Eric Jepsen
Cornell University | September 8, 2019 | Cornell Marketing
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University of California San Diego | August 27, 2019 | Photo by student Eric Jepsen
University of Bristol | August 24, 2019 | Photo by student Stefan Line
National Research Tomsk State University | August 17, 2019 | Legion Media
University of Queensland | August 1, 2019 | Photo by alvinyjh
Utah State University | July 1, 2019 | The Danville 2nd Ward Young Men Wikia
The Regent University | June 18, 2019 | Photo by Julia Denton
Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotopes Beams | May 30, 2019 | Photo by MSU Today
University of the Virgin Islands | May 17, 2019 | Photo by Sphilbrick
University of British Columbia | May 15, 2019 | Photo by JoJo Das
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