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Fort Wayne, Ind.—October 2, 2013—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)—northeast Indiana’s largest public university—is celebrating 50 years through the public art initiative IPFW Sculpture with Purpose™. Fifty models of the innovative sculptural bike racks were unveiled today at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in a special reveal ceremony.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown joined Chancellor Vicky Carwein along with artists and sponsors of the sculptures for the event. “Sculpture with Purpose is a wonderful example of how IPFW enriches the northeast Indiana community and is committed to serving the area culturally and socially,” said Chancellor Vicky Carwein. “By bringing this public art project to our streets we are not only enhancing the spirit and culture of Fort Wayne, but we are also encouraging residents to bike and live a healthy lifestyle.”

The models are available for public viewing at no cost at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art from October 3–16. The models will be auctioned off following the conclusion of IPFW’s 50th Celebration to raise scholarship funds for IPFW students.

“We are thrilled to show the three dimensional models of the sculptures today,” said Ruth Stone, project manager for IPFW Sculpture with Purpose™. “These model bike racks will provide a vision into how Fort Wayne will be enriched through the addition of public art in our city.”

160 designs were submitted for selection by artists in seven different states. Of those, 50 sculptural bike racks by 23 artists were selected. The first sculpture, Confluence, by Design Collaborative, was unveiled a year ago in Freimann Square.

In addition to public viewing of the models, IPFW is partnering with AWS Foundation for the School Bike Art portion of the project. Area schools and groups are invited to participate in creatively turning recycled bicycles into art. The newly designed bicycles will be displayed for public enjoyment at the Foundation for Art and Music Education (FAME) Festival March 15–16, 2014. Information can be found at under the Schools tab.

“Its hard to believe that IPFW is a half-century old but we are thrilled to celebrate our successes in giving back to the community,” said Irene Walters, executive director of university relations and communications. “In addition we are celebrating this milestone by kicking off the 50 Reasons to Celebrate IPFW contest today.”

IPFW’s 50 Reasons to Celebrate contest kicks off October 3 and concludes 50 days later on November 21, 2013. During that time the community can submit their reasons to celebrate IPFW in 50 words or less at A committee will select the best reasons with prizes awarded to all winners. One reason will be showcased each week beginning Saturday, May 17, 2014. That date marks the official kickoff of IPFW’s 50th Celebration year.

The public will also want to mark their calendars for that day, May 17, 2014, as all the full-size sculptures will be unveiled with a special celebration.For more information on IPFW’s 50th Celebration contact Irene Walters, executive director of University Relations and Communications, at 260-481-6104 or For information on IPFW Sculpture with Purpose™, please contact Ruth Stone, project manager IPFW Sculpture with Purpose, 260-402-2490, or visit for a full media kit. For general question please contact Nicole Wilkins, chief communications officer, at 260-481-4174 or