Buckeye sophomore defensive lineman to participate in exhibit Jan. 14 in Washington, D.C.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dexter Larimore, a sophomore on the Ohio State football team, has been invited to display one of his art sculptures at the 2009 NCAA Convention Jan. 14 in Washington, D.C. The defensive tackle from Merrillville, Ind., also will be featured in the NCAA’s Champion magazine in the winter quarter edition.
Larimore, a finance major, started working with clay as a child in his mother’s ceramics studio. Larimore continued to pursue his craft throughout school and now has formed his own style.
“I like the abstract stuff,” Larimore said. “I think of things in a three-dimensional way and I can just create it.”
On the field, Larimore played in all 13 games in 2008 and recorded 3.5 tackles-for-loss, including a pair of sacks.
Student-athlete art show adds to Convention flair
January 02, 2009
By Gary Brown
The NCAA News
In conjunction with a Champion magazine feature on student-athlete artists, the NCAA will sponsor a special show at the Convention in Washington, D.C., January 13-17 that spotlights student-athletes’ talents on canvasses and in kilns instead of on fields and courts.
The first-of-its-kind art show at the Gaylord National is called “Statements” and features the work of the following student-athletes:
The first 13 student-athletes will be featured in the January print issue of the NCAA’s Champion magazine (the others will be represented in the online version of the publication), including personal statements about their work, how it relates to their athletics accomplishments, and self-portraits that are in many cases as creative as the work itself. Some of the student-athlete work is sports-related, but most reflects other aspects of life.
“We’re all familiar with the tagline on the NCAA’s promotional ads that say There are more than 400,000 student-athletes and most of them will go pro in something other than sports’ well, this is a visual manifestation of that,” said the NCAA’s Damon Schoening, who as director of brand strategies and events is co-directing the show. “This is a chance to display the talents of a cross-section of student-athletes diverse in sport, division and background. They truly represent what the NCAA is all about.”
Arnel Reynon from the design and print firm Sport Graphics in Indianapolis is assisting Schoening. “The work represented in the show will appeal to a wide-ranging audience,” Reynon said. “It is a very national collection that includes an entire spectrum of media from oil and acrylic on canvas to digital photography and clay. While the NCAA membership at the Convention already knows that student-athletes have many skills beyond athletics completion, the show will be a visual reaffirmation of that notion.”
The concept of a show emerged after Champion magazine solicited the student-athlete population through listservs and conference and institutional sports information directors for accomplished student-athlete artists. Almost two dozen were selected from more than 100 worthy nominees.
Many of the student-athletes have displayed their works in other forums. Two student-athletes from the University of Southern California in fact Robin Hextrum and Dina Hegazy have appeared in an on-campus show called “Artletics” that focuses entirely on student-athlete work.
“The student-athletes feel really good about this type of recognition,” said Southern California ceramics department head and Artletics director Karen Koblitz. “They think, Here I am being recognized for something besides athletics, which I’ve been recognized for my whole life.’ It’s an enlightening change of pace for them.”
Many of the student-athletes will attend the Statements show at the Convention and participate in an opening reception Wednesday, January 14, at 5 p.m. The show will be staged in the Caf area located between the hotel’s sleeping rooms and convention center.
Schoening said the show may be replicated in Indianapolis later this winter, though plans are preliminary at this point. The January issue of Champion will be distributed the week of Convention and be available online (www.NCAAChampionMagazine.org) by January 19.