Sculptor Jesus Moroles, who is best known for his Zen like monumental granite sculptures, will conduct two lectures Oct. 24 [MONDAY] at East Central University. He will discuss the development of his work, personal style and challenges at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Faust Hall Auditorium.
There is no admission charge and the public is invited. The lectures are sponsored by the Vinita June Oliver Centennial Fine Arts Endowment and the ECU Art Department.
Moroles was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2008 by President George W. Bush "for his enduring achievements as a sculptor of stone.”
He has more than 2,000 works installed in China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. He just returned from a major commission in China.
In 1987 Moroles completed his most visible work, "Lapstrake," a 64-ton, 22-foot-tall sculpture for the E.F. Hutton, CBS Plaza in New York City, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art.
His largest single work is the 1991 site sculpture the "Houston Police Officers Memorial." It is comprised of granite and an earthen stepped pyramid surrounded by four equal inverted stepped pyramids excavated from the ground and measures 120 feet by 120 feet.
Moroles was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1978 and continued his studies in Pietrasanta, Italy.
“The truth of Jesus Moroles’ work is found in the seeming contradiction that exists between his humanistic aspirations, which call for people to mold and manage their environment, and the naturalistic imperatives that demand respect and understanding,” said Peter Marzio, director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.