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July 22, 2014
Class of 2014 gifts artwork by Thomas Sayre

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Campbell Law Class of 2014 has presented the institution a work of art by prominent Raleigh-based artist and sculptor Thomas H. Sayre. The piece, “Maroon Bells, 29” adorns the main hallway connecting Campbell Law’s grand lobby and Pope Foyer.

“On behalf of the Class of 2014, it is my pleasure to present this great treasure to our alma mater,” said Campbell Law Class of 2014 Student Bar Association President Wes Saunders. “Our class wanted to give something that would be a permanent fixture at the school and, at the same time, capture an important aspect of our surrounding community. Being able to gift a piece of artwork from a renowned local artist was the perfect solution. As we return to Campbell Law over the years, I know my fellow graduates will take great pride in seeing our class gift featured in the main hallway of the school.”

“Maroon Bells, 29” belongs to Sayre’s “Tree Painting” series. Each work was created by capturing the energetic marks from welding splatter as they bounced across a white laminate surface. The series depicts the clusters of birch trees found at Alpine altitudes. Several other pieces from the series are featured elsewhere in Raleigh, including the North Carolina State Bar headquarters, the Raleigh Convention Center, the offices of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, and Kirkpatrick, Townsend and Stockton.

“We appreciate this generous gift from our 2014 graduates, and we are thrilled to feature it at the law school,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “Our goal is to permanently feature this piece in its current location and surround it with a rotating collection of works by other talented North Carolina artists.”

Sayre is a founding principal of Clearscapes, a multi-disciplinary design firm in Raleigh. Clearscapes is involved with building design, product design, and large and small scale artwork. Other local works of Sayre include the Raleigh "Fallen Officers Memorial," "Shimmer Wall" at the Raleigh Convention Center, and the “World Wall” at Marbles Kids Museum. Sayre and his works have been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His works can be found throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, and across the world.  

“I am glad to see Campbell Law School is actively seeking art to adorn its building which is increasingly an important part of Raleigh’s downtown,” said Sayre. “Art and the study of law converge in the realm of thoughtful ideas often abstract and usually compelling.”

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,650 alumni, including more than 2,500 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit




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