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New Painting by America’s Sports Artist Unveiled at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University recently unveiled a new piece of art, which will hang in the Cheel Campus Center.

"Guarding the Passage," an original painting by "America’s Sports Artist," Rick Rush of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was unveiled before a gathering of University trustees and other distinguished guests.guarding

Commissioned by Pamela and John Brilbeck ’68, the work portrays three hockey goalies, representing the past, present and future of Clarkson hockey. Behind the goal, vignettes of university history and a representation of the passage of a student from freshman to alum are featured.

"This magnificent painting truly captures the Clarkson spirit," said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. "Rick has created an exciting work that celebrates Clarkson’s history through hockey, and other images unique to Clarkson. We are grateful to John and Pamela Brilbeck for making this all possible."

Known as "America’s Sports Artist," Rush is a master of the sports art genre. Painting professionally since 1975, Rush has earned much international recognition. Two American presidents are among those who commission or own his work, which is on display in many public museums and collections.

"I’m very familiar with Rick Rush’s work and have always enjoyed the excitement of the moment that be brings to the canvas," said John Brilbeck. "I hoped that he would be able to capture that unique Clarkson spirit and he really came through for us. I’m excited by the wonderful reception that ’Guarding the Passage’ has received on campus. I couldn’t be more pleased."

Thousands of hockey fans will be able to enjoy "Guarding the Passage," as it will be displayed in the building where Clarkson’s NCAA Div. I men’s and women’s hockey teams have home ice.

One hundred serigraphs of the painting have been ordered by the University to be shared with major donors.

John Brilbeck of Naples, Fla., received his bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution in 1968 and is the retired president of Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation.

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Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University recently unveiled "Guarding the Passage," an original painting by "America’s Sports Artist," Rick Rush of Tuscaloosa, Ala., which will hang in the Cheel Campus Center. Left to right: John Brilbeck ’68 and Pamela Brilbeck, who commissioned the piece, Rush, and Clarkson University President Tony Collins.

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