Sam Spiczka, sculptor from Sartell, Minnesota
Location: Pickett Park, at the corner of Stadium Ave. and McCormick Road
Interview With Sam Spiczka
Date: August 23, 2002
Which subjects did you study in school?
~I took regular classes like everyone else but for five out of the nine periods of the day, I was in Art class. Even when I had a study hall, I went to Art class.
Why did you choose Purdue to display your art work?
~I saw an advertisement for the Visual Arts Committee's "Sculpture on Campus Competition" and decided to send in my slide.
What would be your advice to arts students at Purdue?
~I would tell them to do the opposite of what is commonly expected. They should find what they are interested in and just do the work. Find some people you look up to and figure out what they have in common and make that a part of your life.
A note from the interviewer
Hi, my name is Krystie and I am an engineering student at Purdue. To help with finances for college, I applied for this job with the University Visual Arts Committee and this was my first interview. It was completely different then anything I expected. First off, I thought that when I arrived to interview the artist, he would be dressed in a suit and tie and would have had a crew of men helping with his sculpture. To my surprise, I learned that "Sam the Sculptor" was the one in the blue overalls getting down and dirty with his sculpture. Second, he was very enthusiastic and down to earth. He was eager to answer my questions to the best of his ability. I just want to say thanks to Sam for making my first interview a success.