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Chico State Flame

metal sculpture of fire flame

Timothy Stewart, 1985

Longtime art professor Ken Morrow was an inspiration for many students during his tenure as professor in the Chico State Art Department (1955-1985). He and his wife tragically died in a car accident in 1985. In his honor, student Timothy Stewart designed and fabricated a steel sculpture illustrating the Chico State flame logo. The sculpture, dedicated in 1985, was originally installed at the Salem Street entrance to the campus and was moved to Alumni Glen alongside Big Chico Creek in 2012.

The Chico State flame logo was originally designed by Greg Berryman in 1972, the same year the University changed its name from Chico State College to California State University, Chico. The logo suggests a flaming torch of learning, a growing plant or tree, a book or a scroll, or a human shape.