The National Sculptors' Guild and Gary Alsum have been selected to sculpt a full-figure portrait of Gene Bess; the coach of the men's basketball team at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Bess has been at Three Rivers since 1971. His career win-loss record was 1268-368, making him the all-time winningest college basketball coach.
The College is completing their fundraising for the sculpture, and Gary will work out the composition and begin sculpting this Spring.
We'll update this post as the project evolves. #WIP
We are always honored to work with Shakopee, Minnesota. We've had the great fortune of placing important artwork with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community since 2004. The next sculpture that the National Sculptors' Guild will be a part of is a portrait of Rev. Samuel William Pond by NSG Fellow Denny Haskew to be placed on a new historic trail drawing visitors to ancient sites along the Minnesota River that the city is developing.
Shakopee envisions a cultural corridor emphasizing shared history of Native people and early settlers.
Though Native people had been present in the area for millennia, Chief Sakpe II’s village was first observed by settlers in the 1820s. Drawn to the springs nearby, Europeans settled in the Dakota village called Tinta-otonwe. In the 1840s Rev. Samuel Pond arrived to do missionary work among the Dakota. He compiled the first dictionary of the Dakota language.
Update 2/3/2020: The metal has been poured at Art Castings of Colorado, it will next be pieced back together, metal chased and onto patina.
Update 9/15/2019: The clay enlargement has been sculpted by Denny in his studio and approved by the city. Next it will be molded, then casting into bronze at Art Castings of Colorado.
Update 1/10/2019: Denny has started working through the composition in a clay sketch and will begin sculpting the enlargement this Winter/Spring.
Update 01/09/2019: Installation Day. The National Sculptors' Guild is at the Young Israel of North Beverly Hills installing a Holocaust Memorial. Designed by John Kinkade and Dee Clements. Installation is nearing the finish line as we post. We are honored to create such an important element for this beautiful Synagogue and its members.
Special thanks to Judith Garshofsky who has been assisting with coordination every step of the way. It was also wonderful working with Rabbi Pini Dunner on this important memorial.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to