Fayetteville artist chosen for Ozarks Sculpture Garden

Release Date: 5/23/2005

Clarksville, Ark. ---University of the Ozarks has announced that Fayetteville artist Hank Kaminsky will be the recipient of the 2005 Visiting Artist Award at the Ozarks Woodland Sculpture Garden and will produce a large environmental work for the Garden during the week of May 30 to June 3.

The Ozarks Woodland Sculpture Garden is located on a 109-acre farm owned by Jerry and Pat Musick Carr near Forum in Madison County. Students from the U of O art department will assist Kaminsky in building the sculpture during the week-long program. Following dinner each evening, a colloquium will be held. This year’s Colloquium Guest Artist will be Doug Stowe of Eureka Springs.

Kaminsky, a New York City native who studied at Queens College, the Art Students League and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is known for his large-scale sculptures scattered throughout the state, including “Three Rivers Trail Head” in Clinton, “World Peace Prayer Fountain” at the square in Fayetteville,” and the “Miracle of the Double Helix” at UAMS in Little Rock. He was recently awarded the Arkansas Peace and Justice Heroes Award from the Omni Center. Kaminsky is widely recognized for his synthesis of spiritual energy and raw organic form.

The Ozarks Woodland Sculpture Garden Program was developed by the Carrs and the university as a way to combine works of mankind with the works of nature into a place of harmony and beauty. The program allows U of O students, under the direction of art professor Blaine Caldwell, to create sculpture, interact with master practitioners in the field and take part in a permanent sculpture with historic significance. There are currently eight sculptures on the 12-acre site, which borders the Kings River.

The Garden is open to public viewing by appointment (479-559-2966). Members of the media are invited to the Garden during the week of May 30 to June 3 to observe the work in progress and interview the artists.