Internationally-known sculptor Robert Graham died this week. His grand public works are on view in cities around the world. Graham's numismatic works include the 1984 Olympic Silver Dollar and the National Medal of Arts. -EditorRobert Graham, a California sculptor whose works were incorporated into civic monuments including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., has died at the age of 70.
Graham, who also created monuments to boxer Joe Louis and jazz legends Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington, died on Saturday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.
At his side were his wife, Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston, and other members of his family.
"Robert was an amazing sculptor who forever shaped the presence of sculpture art throughout California and the world," California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "His work was truly influential and he will forever remain an icon in this state."
Graham, born in Mexico City, lived much of his life in California and gained fame for designing a ceremonial gateway for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the 1984 Olympics.
To read the complete article, see: Sculptor Robert Graham dies in California at 70 (http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4BR27X20081228)
The National Medal of Arts was designed by internationally-renown sculptor, Robert Graham, whose design was chosen by a special committee of the National Council on the Arts from among 31 designs submitted in a national competition.
The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who, in his judgment, "...are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States."
For more information on the National Medal of Arts, see: National Medal of Arts (http://www.nea.gov/honors/Medals/)
For more information on Robert Graham's work, see: Robert Graham (http://www.robertgraham-artist.com/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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