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September 2015

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 11 work includes Lapstrake, a 64 ton, 22' tall sculpture that stands in the E. F. Hutton, CBS Plaza in New York City, as well as a commissioned work on the Great Wall of China. The Houston Police Officers Memorial, one of that city's most revered works of art, is his largest sculpture. It is an earthen stepped pyramid that also extends below ground level in a mirror of the ascending extrusions. Other works reside in countries around the world including China, Egypt, France, Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland. Moroles was known for his gen- erosity concerning art education and worked with many art teach- ers and students. When asked about the importance of art in education, Moroles said, "Because of art, I stayed in school. I don't think that I am gifted, I think that I am a hard S culptor Jesús Bautista Moroles of Rockport, Texas, a beloved citizen of the world, passed away on June 15, 2015. Moroles was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and achieved international renown as a master sculptor of large-scale abstract granite works. He was a recipient of the United States National Medal of Arts in 2008, the 2007 Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Visual Arts, and was the 2011 Texas State Artist for 3D work. He was on the Board of the National American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and the International Sculpture Cen - ter, and he served as a board member of the Texas Cultural Trust. Moroles began selling his artwork as early as during elementary school. He served four years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War before setting off to study sculp- ture in Italy. He sold a piece of his art to study in Pietrasanta where Michel- angelo practiced, pulling stone from the same quarry as the great Italian Renaissance sculptor. In 1983 Moroles established his studio in Rockport, Texas, where he worked with large granite stones. His Jesús Bautista Moroles SEPTEMBER 22, 1950–JUNE 15, 2015 Nancy Walkup "Because of art, I sta ed in school. I don't think that I am gifted, I think that I am a hard worker, and through hard wor ou can do an thing that ou want." IN MEMORIAM: worker, and through hard work you can do anything that you want." Moroles said of his sculptures, "My work is a discussion of how man exists in nature and touches nature and uses nature. Each of my pieces has about 50 percent of its surfaces untouched and raw—those are parts of the stone that were torn. The rest of the work is smoothed and polished. The effect, which I want people to not only look at but touch, is a harmoni- ous coexistence of the two." Moroles was also a great friend to SchoolArts and Davis Publications. He was featured on the cover of the March 1999 issue of SchoolArts. He will be sorely missed. Contributions in Moroles's name can be made to the Arco Iris Earth Care Project, non-profit 501c3, HC70 Box 17A, Ponca, Arkansas, 72670.

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