Clark D. Waterman
Stained leaded glass, 12 panels
Two groupings of stained glass window panels were commissioned by the University Centers in 1991 through the Wisconsin Arts Board’s Percent for Art Program. The windows commemorated the 75th anniversary of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the conclusion of a $2.65 million renovation of Davies Center. The University Foundation's Campus Beautification Committee provided special support for the project.
Wisconsin artist Clark Waterman created eight stained glass window panels to mark the entrance to the contract dining area in the original Davies Center, and four window panels for the nearby Little Niagara Inn. Waterman's design was influenced by the Dulany art glass in Davies Center and the Native American names of many Davies Center meeting rooms. He was inspired by designs from the Prairie School and Indian cultures, which share a triangle motif. Symmetry of the window structures was integral to the design, with each grouping of panels to be viewed as one composition. A water theme is predominant in the LIttle Niagara window panels.
A native of Elkhart, Indiana, who was then living in Brooklyn, Wisconsin, Clark Waterman received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. A self-employed artist in stained glass since 1980, he had produced residential, commercial and corporate projects and received awards for his work.
The selection committee, advisory to Percent for Art Program coordinator Elizabeth Malner, was made up of Gary Bartlett, director of University Centers; James Bollinger, assistant chancellor for administrative services; artist Almira Downs, representing the Campus Beautification Committee; Dennis Miller of Smith Miller Architects; and Patricia Rusch, Wisconsin Arts Board member.
Originally installed in August 1991, the 75th anniversary window panels were removed from the original Davies Center in 2012. The set of eight window panels that had framed the entrance to The Terrace cafe now frames the entrance to the Administration complex, Davies Center 240. The grouping of four window panels created for the Little Niagara Inn in the original Davies Center have been installed in Schofield Hall.