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Richard Hunt, Internationally celebrated Sculptor

Sculptor Richard Hunt at WIU 9/23

September 20, 2010

MACOMB, IL – Internationally-known sculptor Richard Hunt, who was the first African American sculptor at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, will visit the Western Illinois University campus to discuss his work and renowned career at a lecture beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 in the Morgan Hall auditorium (Rm. 109) on the WIU-Macomb campus. The event is open free to the public. Hunt will also meet with WIU art students Friday, Sept. 24.

Hunt, whose metal sculpture, "The Dove," was installed in 1988 between Knoblauch Hall and the University Union on the Macomb campus, was born in 1935 in Chicago. He received a B.A.E. degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1957) and spent two years in the Army. After college, Hunt traveled to Europe on a fellowship, and by 1967, he had embarked on a commission for the kind of large-scale metal sculpture for which he is famous. In 1971 he became the first African American sculptor to have a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.

Hunt has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the country including, in Chicago, Candelabra for St. Matthew's Methodist Church and Jacob's Ladder at the Carter G. Woodson Library; and in Detroit, Flintlock Fantasy. Chicago is home to 35 of his large-scale sculptures. Hunt continues to experiment, employing a wide range of sculptural techniques. Through his work, Hunt often makes comments on contemporary social and political issues, and he is famous for his abstract works, suggesting recognizable human and natural forms.

Along with the scores of public works and numerous exhibitions, Hunt has received such prestigious awards as the Ford Foundation, Cassandra Foundation and Guggenheim Fellowships. He has honorary degrees from 14 colleges and universities, and his 20 professorships or artist residencies include Western Illinois University. Hunt has served on the boards of directors for the National Endowment for the Arts; the Illinois Arts Council; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the American Academy in Rome.

For information about the lecture, contact the WIU art department at (309) 298-1549 or e-mail Jo-Ann Morgan at Hunt's visit is sponsored by a 2010 Academic Support Grant from the WIU Performing Arts Society.

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