Renowned Sculptor Richard Hunt to Visit

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Richard Hunt


Garry Bibbs

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“Richard Hunt is not only a master artisan, he is a master at cultivating and mentoring the talents of other artists. Having him as a guest lecturer at UK is a tremendous coup for UK’s art students and faculty as well.“

-- Garry Bibbs,
associate professor of art,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2004) -- Renowned sculptor Richard Hunt, whose works are exhibited in such places as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, will visit the University of Kentucky Feb. 26-27.

His visit is part of the Visiting Artist Program sponsored by the UK College of Fine Arts and the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council.

Hunt, widely considered one of the most prominent African-American sculptors in the world, will give lectures and meet with students, faculty and staff.

He will give an art professions lecture from noon to 1 p.m. in the White Hall Classroom Building Friday, Feb. 27. Then, he will critique UK art students’ works from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Barnhart Gallery of the Reynolds Building on Scott Street.

Hunt, whose work “Pass Through” is exhibited on campus near the Singletary Center for the Arts, will be in a reception and give a public lecture from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Arts Place, 161 North Mill Street. The lecture is part of the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council (LACC) Distinguished Speaker Series and its on-going Public Art Initiative. Tickets for the lecture are $5 and are available at the LACC box office at (859) 225-0370.

The public lecture and reception are being sponsored by the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council and the UK Art Museum. The lecture is titled “Public Art.”

UK associate professor of art and head of the college’s sculpture program, Garry Bibbs studied under Hunt with financing from a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which Hunt directs.

“Richard Hunt is not only a master artisan, he is a master at cultivating and mentoring the talents of other artists,” Bibbs said. “Having him as a guest lecturer at UK is a tremendous coup for UK’s art students and faculty as well.“

Hunt also is scheduled to meet faculty and students and give an artist talk from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center in the UK Student Center.


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