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Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Art Center Welcomes New James Surls Sculpture

Rockport Center for the Arts obtained a new acquisition for their permanent sculpture collection by well-known American sculptor James Surls. His work can be seen throughout Texas and is part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY) among many others.

Surls' has strong Texas roots--himself an East Texas native who graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1966 and then becoming a professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas ('69-76). Surls is very fond of Rockport--having made many trips in the past, to fish, and to visit his good friend and colleague Jesús Moroles. Surls now lives and works in Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado.

After months of preparation and planning, the powdered coated steel piece finally made its way to Rockport. While the piece, now in Rockport called Walking White Flower, bears a striking resemblance to his other molecular-related work seen at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Walking White Flower is currently the only white piece Surls has made--quite a coup for Rockport! Its chosen placement--on the lawn of the Rockport Center of the Arts--allows the unique, abstract qualities of the piece to be truly appreciated by passerbys.

In November, Surls visited the Art Center to usher in the project. Click below to watch a short video made during the artist's visit.

The project was made possible by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, The Madison Charitable Foundation, and the studio of Jesús Moroles.