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May 2010

Art student donates sculpture to the Marshall University Forensic Science Center

Donated Sculpture Image

Ellen Fure, a junior undergraduate student majoring in Art and Design at Marshall University, donated her sculpture titled “Individuality” to the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

Fure, who is pursuing an emphasis in sculpture, created a relief of her thumbprint on a 4-foot by 5-foot piece of artwork constructed from oak plywood. “We were asked to produce a sculpture representing the human condition,” she said. “I chose a thumbprint because the lines are interesting in shape and composition. Each print is individual to its human as is the wood grain to each tree.”

She said it made sense to her to have the sculpture located at the Forensic Science Center. “The work of this program is tied to the identity of individuals, down to the DNA,” she said. “I am happy to know that this piece has a permanent home.”

Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Forensic Science Center, said the sculpture complements the center’s small collection of artwork related to forensic science.

“We welcome the opportunity to display artwork depicting forensic science disciplines taught in the academic program or conducted in the working laboratories, and we appreciate Ellen’s contribution,” Fenger said.

The sculpture is on display at the Forensic Science Center along with a window constructed with Blenko art glass that illustrates a DNA profile interfacing with a double helix of DNA, and a self-portrait an artist painted with his own fingerprints using lithography.

Marshall’s Forensic Science Center is home to the nationally recognized Forensic Science master’s degree program that has four areas of emphasis in DNA analysis, forensic chemistry, crime scene investigation and digital forensics. The center is a national resource to the forensic community. Its forensic DNA laboratories analyze actual cases in partnership with state and local crime laboratories, and its training programs have served more than 900 forensic analysts and investigators from across the country.

Fure, of Lexington, Va., is the daughter of Melanie Griffis of Huntington and Robert Fure of Lexington, Va.



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