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Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2013

Kentucky art project for students involves stepping on the flag, teacher apologizes

A western Kentucky art teacher has apologized for placing an American flag on the floor as part of an art project and encouraging the students to step on it.

Shand Stamper, who teaches McCracken County High School, said the project was student-directed and one she didn’t specifically assign. The students in her art history class wrote essays about certain pieces of art and then chose to express the pieces, using a variety of interactive methods including performance art, spoken word and re-enactments.

Stamper sent a written letter of apology on Wednesday to school administrators.

The display re-created “Dread” Scott Tyler’s 1989 installation titled “The Proper Way to Display an American Flag,” which was part of a student exhibition at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tyler’s piece included a mounted shelf below photographs of the American flag and the flag on the ground.

The instructions asked visitors to record their thoughts about the display but because of the notebook’s placement, visitors had to step on the flag to get to the book.

A photo of the display is here
photo Beverly & Pack

photo Beverly & Pack

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