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Eric Fischl Lecture Series Presents Bryan Hunt - April 10, 2013

March 28, 2013

For the sixth consecutive year, Phoenix College and the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum will collaborate to host the Eric Fischl Lecture. This year’s guest lecturer will be American modernist sculptor Bryan Hunt, well known for his experiments with scale and his elegantly flowing bronze waterfalls. Bryan’s work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hunt will speak on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum’s Whiteman Hall. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Climatec, the event is free and open to the public.

A world-renowned artist and alumnus of Phoenix College, Eric Fischl celebrates his connection to the College by returning each year to present the Eric Fischl Lecture Series. As is his custom, Fischl brings a guest to highlight the annual Phoenix Art Museum event. 

As part of the lecture series, Fischl will present two Phoenix College art students with the prestigious Vanguard Award, which comes with a $2,500 cash prize for each student. The prizes go to students whose artwork receives “Best in Show” in the college’s 2013 Student Art Competition. The award-winning student artwork will be on display in the Phoenix Art Museum’s Great Hall before and after the lecture.

Fischl’s visit also highlights the Eric Fischl Scholars Program, which recruits students to study fine art at Phoenix College and is the first program of its kind among community colleges. Students selected as a Fischl Scholar benefit from a multi-tiered support system that includes tuition assistance and a comprehensive mentoring system. 

“Phoenix College gave me my start, and I want to honor that opportunity,” said Fischl, who has generously provided scholarships to Phoenix College art students since 2005.

Since established in 2005, the lecture series has drawn hundreds of students, artists and educators every spring for an engaging discussion on various art themes. 

“The Phoenix College Fine and Performing Arts Department is once again proud to be partnering with the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum for this prestigious event,” said Dale Doubleday, chair of school’s Fine and Performing Arts department. “We are very excited to have Bryan Hunt as the featured speaker, and grateful to Eric Fischl for his continued support and his commitment to our students’ success.”

About the Artist

Bryan Hunt was born in 1947 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He spent his formative years in Florida, and worked as an Engineer’s Aide for NASA, Kennedy Space Center in the late 1960’s. In 1971, he received his BFA from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and completed an Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972.  After residing in Venice, California, New York City, and Andalucia, Mojacar, Spain, Bryan now lives and works in New York City and Wainscott, New York.

Bryan’s work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Commissions include sculpture for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House, City of Barcelona sculpture for Parc del Clot, Seoul Olympiad Park, and New York City Parks and Recreation at Coenties Slip Park. He has been awarded the New York City Art Commission Award for Design Excellence, The Grand Prize at the International Arts Festival, Seoul, South Korea, and an Academy Award in Art from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.