(Neb)-Omaha Sculptor Chosen For Cather U-S Capitol Statue
OMAHA - Renowned Midwestern sculptor and Creighton professor Littleton Alston has been commissioned to create a bronze statue of writer Willa Cather for installation in Statuary Hall at the U-S Capitol.
Each state is allowed 2 statues in the Hall and the Nebraska Legislature last year approved replacing the statues of J-Sterling Morton and William Jennings Bryan after 80 years with statues of Cather and Ponca Chief Standing Bear.
A committee appointed for the Cather statue project received proposals from over 70 qualified artists and worked with the Nebraska Arts Council to cut the number down to 4 finalists. Arts Council Executive Director Suzanne Wise says Alston was chosen because it was felt he showed the best understanding of who Willa Cather was as a person.
Alston, who has numerous public sculptures throughout Nebraska and the Midwest, says he was struck by photos of the author that convinced him Cather was a vividly intelligent person with a twinkle in her eye. He plans to capture her essence with her standing at home in the Nebraska prairie.
The total budget for the project is estimated at $150,000 from start to installation at the Capitol with all the funds to come from private donations through History Nebraska, the rebranded state historical society.
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