Dust and Wonder

“Dust and Wonder” Scholarship Series


A celebration of the arts and education based on the “What Remains” series by Armando Heredia.


The “What Remains Series” is a nod to the transient nature of art in the world around us, like the patterns left by waves in beach sand, wiped clean every day by the tide, or the geometric offerings made by pine needles on the forest ground, blown away by wind or destroyed through decomposition. People, like you and me, also leave patterns, unintentional traces of beauty, behind. As an artist, I am inexplicably drawn to and moved by this almost negligible evidence. As a college student, I was able to see these traces in everyday classroom settings.

Specifically, each of my professors had a distinct pattern when erasing a chalkboard at the end of their lecture, so after class I used their stroke patterns to create abstract works with chalk. The beauty of the work is that each piece is uniquely unintentional, just dust left behind, after their work was complete.

Branlund 002 | Photo of Chalk on Slate
Papke 001 | Photo of Chalk on Slate
McClure 002 | Photo of Chalk on Slate
Branlund 002 | Digitally Manipulated Photo of Chalk on Slate
McClure 001 | Digitally Manipulated Photo of Chalk on Slate
Papke 001 | Acrylic on Wood Panel



The wonder of it is the impact these professors have on the minds of the students they are teaching. Many professors have a profound influence on the lives of their students, and, as an artist, I would like to celebrate this accomplishment, while also generating funds for scholarships.

Dust and Wonder works with colleges and universities to celebrate educators by allowing current and former students to nominate their most influential professor. These individuals will then be invited to do a short lecture on a topic of their choice, using a provided chalkboard for their notes/presentation. Then they will erase the board, setting up the “canvas” for a one-of-a-kind piece.

The finished piece will be auctioned to the public and one half of the profit* will be donated to the institution’s scholarship fund, in their honor.


*The initial bid of $500 will be used to cover the cost of producing the piece. One half of the profit, up to $10,000 will be donated to the scholarship fund. Any profit above that will be split 80/20. Contact for details.