We are sharing the unfortunate news of the death of our dear friend and colleague, Greg Hebert. Greg lost his 7.5 month battle with Glioblastoma on Friday.
Greg was an integral part of our design team bringing his vast knowledge of Landscape Architecture and unique vision to several of our public art projects. Our entry for the Barona Band of Mission Indians in Lakeside, California won the AIA Orchid Award. Just one of Greg's many professional accolades.
Having known Greg since his college years in the 80's, we (the Kinkade's) consider him family, and are incredibly saddened by his passing. We will deeply miss his positive energy and the beauty he cultivated throughout his life.
One of the National Sculptors' Guild's Charter Members, Gary Alsum, was just featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. The article highlights Gary's take on the commission process and some of the benefits of working as a team. As John Kinkade, NSG Director has always said "Sculpture is a Team Sport" and we love all the projects we've been able to place with Gary over the past 30 years.
From the Artist Spotlight... "What is the most interesting thing you have sculpted and why?
Most of my work in the past couple of decades has been in collaboration with individual collectors or municipal entities along with the National Sculptors’ Guild (NSG). Most of those works honor people from our past but some are intended to preserve favorite memories or activities. My favorite subjects are the figure in motion, but capturing likenesses is just as satisfying. All the commissions I am awarded are a special honor. I take the responsibility seriously with the goal of giving clients more than they expect.
Working with the NSG allows me to do what I do best — create meaningful sculpture — while they handle the logistics of scheduling, engineering, transportation, landscaping that enhances the sculpture, installation etc. Not all my sculptures are large enough to require trucks and cranes and such, but when they do, the NSG is an invaluable asset.
How do you describe success?
I feel most successful when a client is moved to tears when they first see a finished sculpture. But occasionally I create more humorous depictions – dogs driving classic cars with reckless abandon. (How else would dogs drive?) Success then is when viewers burst out in laughter. It makes for a fun mix."
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We could not be more proud of National Sculptors' Guild member Craig Campbell who had the privilege and honor to sculpt the Maya Angelou quarter. She is the first black woman to be depicted on a US quarter.
The reverse (tails), designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Artist Emily Damstra and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Craig A. Campbell, depicts Maya Angelou with her arms uplifted. Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived.
A writer, poet, performer, social activist, and teacher, Angelou rose to international prominence as an author after the publication of her groundbreaking autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Angelou’s published works of verse, non-fiction, and fiction include more than 30 bestselling titles. Her remarkable career encompasses dance, theater, journalism, and social activism. The recipient of more than 30 honorary degrees, Angelou read “On the Pulse of Morning” at the 1992 inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Angelou’s reading marked the first time an African American woman wrote and presented a poem at a Presidential inauguration. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she was the 2013 recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community."
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs. click here for a list of our over 500 large-scale placements.