Professor uses discarded trees from Southern Illinois to sculpt art on display at Contemporary Art Center

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Old tree limbs are usually seen as a nuisance and hassle. But for sculptor and professor Jerry Monteith, they provide the beginnings of a masterpiece.

When Monteith, professor of art and design and head of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale sculpture program, first started working with wood, he only chose the pieces that were smooth and clean to work with. Now, over 20 years after starting his career, he sees the value in the imperfect, thrown out pieces. And his work is getting noticed by others across the nation.

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