Sculptor Lopez to speak Tuesday

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BROOKINGS – The South Dakota Art Museum Guild will host a virtual presentation by world recognized welded art sculptor John Lopez from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. 

This program is free and open to the public via Zoom. Advanced registration is required. The link to register is available at www.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-art-museum/guild. 

Lopez will present “In Fields of Iron” live from his studio in Lemmon in northwest South Dakota near the North Dakota border. He will share information about his dramatic sculptures, installed across the U.S. and around the world, and about his approach to creating them. 

Many in Brookings will recognize his “War Horse” that greets visitors to the Brookings Arts Council.

Images of his work, his biography and more about his work are available at www.johnlopezstudio.com. 

The website says, “The rusted carcasses of discarded equipment stand testament to generations of labor. And the man who knows blood lines has picked through them, choosing the elements of the past – the actual implements that plowed the soil or cut the grain or dug the dinosaur – and created the curve of a jaw, the twitch of a tail, the power of a shoulder.” 

It continues, “John’s work reflects generations of a life that’s fading into history. It’s a life lived in barns and grain elevators, workshops and pastures. It’s the life of the land he loves.”

This is the second program in this year’s virtual Guild talks, providing lively conversation and interesting speakers from across the U.S. with ties to South Dakota and the South Dakota Art Museum. 

The Guild supports the South Dakota Art Museum through programs like this, volunteering and art acquisition funds. Guild membership is not required to attend these free programs, but the $20 annual dues support these programs and the Guild’s Art Acquisition Fund. 

Following each presentation will be a short Guild meeting from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Contact Carolyne Hart at 688-4313 with any questions regarding this program, registration and the use of Zoom.

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