SOURCE: Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

February 22, 2010 18:35 ET

Famed Sculptor's Work on Exhibition at Western U Campus

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - February 22, 2010) -  Western University of Health Sciences' campus will host nine realistic bronze works by internationally renowned sculptor Seward Johnson beginning March 1 and running through May 31, 2010.

The figures, which are life-sized and range in weight from 350 to 900 pounds, will be placed along the Campus Esplanade running east to west between Towne Avenue and Gibbs Street. The public is invited to walk the Esplanade and pay a visit to each work, discovering details and posing for photographs with the bronze "people."

A 10th sculpture, by artist Bruce Lindsey, also will be part of the exhibit.

The 90-day exhibition is the result of a generous agreement between WesternU (www.westernu.edu) and international not for profit The Sculpture Foundation (http://thesculpturefoundation.com), which owns the entire collection of Johnson sculptures through a gift by the artist.

Johnson (http://www.sewardjohnson.com), who has had more than 350 of his bronze figures featured in private collections and museums in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, also is well-known for the many sculptures he has placed in public places, including Rockefeller Center, Pacific Place, Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris, and Via Condotti in Rome. These sculptures depict people engaged in everyday activities, and his "Celebrating the Familiar" sculpture series has brought a unique voice to the world of public art.

Johnson is often recognized for his most dramatic work -- and also his largest -- the 70-foot aluminum giant titled "The Awakening," which was selected for the International Sculpture Conference & Exhibition and is currently sited in a piazza in Rome, Italy. The exhibition history of Johnson's work also includes the cities of Berlin and Hannover, Germany; Oxford, England; the R.W. Norton Art Museum; the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Jacksonville Art Museum; the island of Sardinia, Italy; The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Yale University.

Corporate collectors include the Nike Corporation, Viad, the Commerz Bank, and numerous hospitals and universities. Pieces are held in private and municipal collections in such distant locations as Istanbul, Turkey; the Ukraine; Sydney, Australia; Monte Carlo; Brazil, and Osaka, Japan.

Johnson has long been considered one of the most widely recognized sculptors of our time. At 80 years of age, the artist continues to create increasingly memorable works in bronze.

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