Sculptors Reflect on the Artistic Legacy of Manuel Izquierdo

by University Communications,

SALEM, Ore. — As part of the final day of the “Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal” exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 4 sculptors, representing different generations and perspectives, will offer a varied range of comments of Izquierdo (1925-2009) as a person and a sculptor who worked in a variety of media including clay, wood, and metal. Professor Emeritus Roger Hull, curator of the exhibition, will moderate the conversation. Admission to the conversation is free and will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the museum.

Participating sculptors include:

James Lee Hansen, a major Northwest sculptor known for his cast metal work, was Izquierdo's classmate in Frederic Littman's sculpture class at Portland's Museum Art School in the late 1940s. Hansen and Izquierdo went on to become two of the leading practitioners of modern sculpture in the Pacific Northwest.

Robert Hess is a Salem sculptor who taught at Willamette University for many years and is known for his works in bronze and wood. His drumming man with a rooster is a favorite piece at Salem's Conference Center.

Bill Blix is a Eugene sculptor who taught at Lane Community College. His monumental bronze fountain sculpture graces the Capitol Mall in Salem.

Lee Imonen studied sculpture with Robert Hess at Willamette and then earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Oregon. He now teaches sculpture at Lane Community College. Imonen has created several major works for Oregon's Percent for Art program, which funds the creation of art for new and renovated State buildings. His enormous wood construction entitled "Sampo," created in 2003, is in the courtyard adjacent to State office buildings on the North Mall of the Capitol grounds in Salem.

The Salem Conference Center sculpture garden is home to several more works by these artists and includes: Hansen's sculpture "Carousel Hero," a smaller untitled work by Blix, and an example of Hess' more abstract work entitled "Skull."

Support for this artist discussion has been provided in part by grants from the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette University, the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

About the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. General admission is $3 and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free and admission is free on Tuesdays.