Rest in Peace | Jesús Moroles — Rockport and the Art World Mourn a Treasure

We were so saddened to learn that internationally acclaimed artist and Rockport treasure, Jesús Moroles, was killed in a car accident June 15. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to this many friends and family.

Jesús was born in Corpus Christi in 1950 and gained his BFA at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. Jesús Moroles lived and worked with this family in Rockport, Texas.

Most famous for his work in granite, several of his momentous pieces grace the Rockport landscape, including "Spirit Columns" next to Little Bay and two pieces in the Rockport Center for the Arts' sculpture garden. His pieces have become quintessential Rockport landmarks to tourists and locals alike.

Jesús Speaking During a Gallery Talk,
Rockport Center for the Arts, 2009
"Spirit Columns" 1998
Photo Credit Pamela Fulcher
His work has received international acclaim and has been displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.

Locally, Jesús Moroles exhibited an exhibition with fellow sculptor and friend Kent Ullberg at the Rockport Center for the Arts in 2009.  Jesús was an active member of the RCA sculpture garden committee.

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