Artist To Lecture Feb. 13

Feb. 11, 2002

Well-known California artist Betty Gold will lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in room 149 at Baylor University's Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Additionally, Gold will help direct the installation of her massive sculpture, "Santa Monica III," at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 12, on the lawn outside the Fine Arts Center on campus.

The welded-steel sculpture is 11 feet tall, weighs approximately 1,600 pounds and is painted with a bright yellow glossy enamel. Baylor art students will maintain the sculpture, repainting the work approximately every three years.

Baylor received the sculpture through the generosity of an anonymous patron of Gold, who commissions a sculpture a year to donate to an American college or university. A resident of Waco as a child, Gold chose Baylor to receive the sculpture because her father was a Baylor alumnus.

A graduate of the University of Texas, Gold's work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries, including the Milwaukee Art Center, the Oakland Museum and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Her "Holistic V" serves as a gateway to downtown Los Angeles from the Ninth Street off-ramp of the southbound Harbor Freeway (110 Freeway).

Gold's lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Ellie Caston, assistant professor of museum studies and member of the Baylor sculpture committee, at 710-4836 or the Baylor art department at 710-1687.

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