Harrington Prize Trophy
The Harrington Prize Honors Contributions to Advancing Medicine
The Harrington Prize sculpture was created as a symbol of the awardee’s work and the dynamic interrelationship between creativity, innovation and impact. The sculpture was conceived as a series of sketches that culminated in a 3D digital model. The fabrication process is centuries-old and uses a traditional method of a lost wax casting to arrive at the bronze sculpture. The three pillars were first modeled in oil clay (Chavant Le Beau Touche), so that plaster molds could be later made to produce exact replicas in wax. Wax pieces were invested into a plaster mix to be melted in the kiln at 1000F to achieve clean cavities in the investment mold (thus, the “lost wax” method). Everdur Bronze was melted in a special furnace and poured into the investment mold at 1980F. After taking the cast bronze out of the investment, the pieces were sanded, polished, and patinaed with potassium sulfite and ferric nitrate to achieve a unique surface that varies throughout the piece.
All the work was completed in the artist’s studio in Cleveland, Ohio.
About the Artist
Russian born Irina Koukhanova was educated at the Moscow Institute of Art and Industrial Design (Stroganovskoe), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA and the University of Notre Dame, IN. In her work she combines sculpture, printmaking and painting to achieve an integration of two-and three-dimensional space. Her sculptural palette spans the history of sculptural media: from bronze casting, to metal and wood fabrication to the most recent fiberglass and 3D printing.
In the past ten years, Koukhanova has participated in numerous exhibitions both national and international. She had solo exhibitions at DKO Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland, Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA and Link Gallery, Warren, OH.
Her work has been shown via Boxheart Gallery at Aqua Art Miami Fair, Miami, FL at Superfine Fair, NYC, and at Los Angeles. She exhibited nationally at the Snite Museum of Art, the Sound Bend Museum of Art, Boston Sculptors Gallery, MA, Owensboro Museum of Art, KY, Marlboro Gallery, MD, Indianapolis Art Center, IN among others. Koukhanova’s public art commissions could be found in Michigan and Ohio. Koukhanova has received full fellowship residencies at Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, Santa Fe Art Institute, NM (both sponsored by Joan Mitchell Foundation Grants), and Vermont Studio Center.
Irina Koukhanova is a Cuyahoga Creative Workforce Fellow 2016. She is a Professor of Art and the head of Department of Art and Design at Cleveland State University.