Local sculptor featured in Conner Museum exhibit

John E. Conner Museum - 09/14/17 - 12/15/17

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Local sculptor, Lena Olson, will be featured in the latest exhibit at the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The exhibit, Lena Olson, American Sculptor: From Clay to Bronze, will be at the museum from Friday, Sept, 15, through Friday, Dec. 15. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Admission to the reception and exhibit is free.

The exhibit features 45 pieces by Olson who is an alumna of Texas A&M-Kingsville and a Kingsville resident. Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Olson first showed a talent for art as a child. As a student at Texas A&M-Kingsville, she studied life drawing from Dr. William Renfrow, professor emeritus. Some of her early drawings are now part of the university’s permanent art collection.

Olson first studied sculpture under nationally-recognized artist Tuck Langland, professor of sculpture at Indiana University South Bend. She later assisted him with two large outdoor sculpture installations in 2002 and 2007 and is acknowledged in Langland’s book on the sculpture process, From Clay to Bronze.

Although bronze is her preferred medium, Olson’s exhibit includes pieces in resin, terracotta, plaster and sterling. “When sculpting a likeness, I most enjoy the magical moment when I suddenly feel as if I am in another’s space,” she said.

In her career as a professional sculptor, she has sculpted religious monuments cast in bronze, designed ornamental ironwork for custom interiors and architectural details for palatial exteriors. Her work can be seen on permanent exhibit at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Houston; St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission; the Headquarters of the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado; and at the United States Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Before relocating to Kingsville, Olson taught sculpture at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. She is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society.

The Conner Museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on university holidays. For more information, call 361-593-2810.