Chainsaw used to carve tree into bear

Gary Keenan, a sculptor from Iowa, begins carving a tree into a life sized bear on Monday, May 6. The tree is located in front of Wingo Hall.

Keenan expects to complete the carving on Thursday, May 9.

Art classes, campus employees and community members are invited to attend. Seating will be available on the lawn near Wingo Hall.

Keenan is an accomplished artist, having carved animals, people, plants, and objects for individuals and groups throughout the United States and in Europe. In 2007, he was invited to participate in the “Scuptree”/Westonbirt Festival of the Tree in England. Only 20 wood sculptors were invited, and Keenan was the only American. For more information about Mr. Keenan, visit