February 28, 2014
Art In The Garden 2014
Once again, San Antonio Botanical Garden is host to Art in the Garden, an annual collaboration with Blue Star Contemporary. This year’s opening reception on Friday, February 28, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, features the sculpture of Richard Hunt and celebrates both the conclusion of Black History Month and the start of Contemporary Art Month.
Bill FitzGibbons, Director of Special Projects at Blue Star Contemporary, comments, “Richard Hunt is one of the most important living American sculptors. As a friend of over 35 years, it is a great pleasure to curate his upcoming exhibition at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. He has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the country, including many pieces seen throughout his beloved hometown of Chicago.”
Mr. Hunt was born in 1935 in Chicago and educated at the Art Institute of Chicago. President Lyndon Johnson appointed him as one of the first artists to serve on the governing board of the National Endowment for the Arts. He also served on the board of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center.
Mr. Hunt’s huge studio was formerly a Chicago Transit Authority Electric Substation, adequately equipped for fabricating his small to large-scale sculpture.
Incorporating these creative pieces into the Garden landscape offers visitors a unique look at and experience with abstract expressionist sculpture. As part of the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s “Cultivate Yourself” message, both young and mature guests are able to appreciate the creativity of man and the beauty of nature. Admission on opening night is free and a cash bar is available. The exhibit will remain on display through January 2015.
“We are so pleased to continue the tradition of Art in the Garden and eagerly anticipate the new sculptures each year,” said Bob Brackman with the San Antonio Botanical Garden. “We invite all of San Antonio to experience these contemporary sculptures in our Garden setting.”