Board members of FSU’s College of Fine Arts’ Dean’s Advisory Board and Friends of Dance gathered Monday, November 27 to dedicate a very special addition to Florida State University’s campus – the “Enchanter.” This beautiful sculpture is the creative vision of one of Florida’s most accomplished artists, Sandy Proctor, and it commemorates the rich history of dance excellence that began at FSU in 1933.
In 2004, a seventeen million dollar renovation transformed the historic Montgomery Gym into the state of the art dance facility that the School of Dance now calls home. Montgomery Hall has two entrances: one opening unto Landis Green and one which leads to a small green space and to the primary parking lots used for guests attending School of Dance performances. With the addition of Enchanter, the portal to the halls of Montgomery is as visually pleasing as the rest of FSU’s campus.
“Sandy” Proctor has a national reputation as a professional sculptor of the highest caliber. Prior to concentrating in bronze sculpture, Sandy was an accomplished painter and stone carver whose work has been displayed at museums of national and international recognition. The State of Florida commemorated Sandy and his contribution to the arts by inducting him into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2006, alongside such greats as Ernest Hemingway, Ray Charles and Tennessee Williams.
Sandy’s creations have played significant roles in the beautification of Florida State University’s campus, including a larger-than-life depiction of beloved football coach Bobby Bowden at Doak-Campbell Stadium and “Integration,” which stands in Woodward Plaza near the Oglesby Student Union as a celebration of the efforts of students at FSU who pioneered integration in the 1960’s.
Sandy also serves as a valued member of the FSU College of Fine Arts’ Dean’s Advisory Board
The FSU College of Fine Arts, including the School of Dance, would also like to thank those at FSU who worked particularly hard to realize the vision of this gorgeous plaza:
Several partners in town were instrumental as well, including Mad Dog Construction and First In Counters of Thomasville.