Rockport Center for the Arts Aquires a James Surls Sculpture

John Aasp & James Surls
making arrangements in CO.
Taylor Hendrix works hard
in the hot sun installing the new piece.
The Rockport Center for the Arts has obtained a new acquisition for their permanent sculpture collection by well-known American sculptor James Surls. His work can be seen throughout Texas including on the lawn of the Corpus Christi Art Museum, and in front of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

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 on his beautiful ranch in Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado. Surls' work can be found in 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.

After months (and months) of preparation and planning between RCA's Visual Arts Director, John Aasp and James Surls' studio, the powdered coated steel piece finally made its way to Rockport via U-Haul trailer. While the piece, now in Rockport called "White Walking Flower" bears a striking resemblance to the silver sculpture at the CAMH, "White Walking Flower" is currently the only white Surls piece in existence--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.

The project was made possible by The Madison Charitable Foundation of Houston, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and the studio of Jesús Moroles. The dedication for the piece is expected to occur in the next few months. 

To learn more about James Surls and his work visit www.jamessurls.com.

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