U of O to present second Sculpture Garden program

Release Date: 8/30/2001

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. ---Little Rock sculptor Michael Warrick has been awarded the opportunity to feature his work during the University of the Ozarks' second annual Ozarks Woodland Sculpture Garden summer program May 27 through June 2.

The Sculpture Garden is located near Huntsville on the Kings River in Madison County on the property of Gerald Carr and Pat Musick.

Warrick, a professor of sculpture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will be the featured artist in the week-long sculptor-in-residence program. He will work with students from U of O to construct a large scale outdoor piece titled, "Visionaries," on the garden grounds.

Warrick recently began work on a national monument for the historic Central High School Museum in Little Rock. He is the recipient of numerous regional and national grants and fellowships for his sculpture. His national exhibition record spans more than two decades with 35 one-person exhibits and more than 100 competitive and invitational group exhibits.

The Sculpture Garden was established last year by U of O and long-time friends of the university Carr and Musick. A committee invites an Arkansas sculptor to create a work for the garden each year. The first sculptor was Brian Massey of the University of Central Arkansas.

Carr, a member of the U of O Board of Trustees, and Musick, a nationally renowned painter and sculptor, believe the program can have a great impact on the creative arts in Arkansas.

"It will provide exposure and support to the professional sculptors of Arkansas, an important learning experience for students both at the University of the Ozarks and those who travel to spend time at the garden, and a viewing experience for the general public," Carr said.

The Ozarks Woodland Sculpture Garden was recently selected as a Community Millennium Trials Site in a joint effort of the White House Millennium Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the National Endowment for the Arts. The designation was awarded "in recognition of efforts to bring the community together to 'Honor the Past --- Imagine the Future,' by developing a trail that connects people to their land, their history and their culture."
   
Sponsors for this year's Ozarks Woodland Sculpture Garden are Jim Blair, Arvest Bank of Huntsville, The Starr Foundation, and the Bank of Fayetteville.
   
The garden is open to the public by appointment, and no admission is charged. Appointments can be made by calling (501) 559-2966.