“Showcasing art in our environment inspires students, faculty and graduates to think about what we do and why we do it,” said Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., Dean of the School of Law. “It’s an opportunity for the law school to celebrate the wonderful mission that we’re given.”
The sculpture by Andrew Wilson Smith is funded by a gift from John and Carole Tanner of Lake Bluff, Illinois. The plaster bas-relief depicts the scene from Luke 2:41 in which a 12-year-old Jesus is found sitting among the teachers in the temple courts of Jerusalem.
After the unveiling, Smith discussed the theology and aesthetics of the piece.
“There is so much room in this story for multiple figures, lots of different action taking place,” Smith continued. “There’s just such a rich treasure trove of paintings and sculptures in the Catholic tradition that celebrate this scene.”