New ‘Jack’ sculpture by Jim Love dedicated May 10 at Rice

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> New ‘Jack’ sculpture by Jim Love dedicated May 10 at Rice

HOUSTON – (May 7, 2013) – Rice University will dedicate “Jack,” its new permanent installation from acclaimed American modernist sculptor Jim Love, at 1:30 pm on May 10, 2013.

The red 5-by-5-foot steel sculpture is installed on the lawn in Bryan Plaza, in front of the Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center.

“This playful and active sculpture is an iconic addition to our growing constellation of public art installations on the Rice campus,” said Rice University Art Director Molly Hipp Hubbard. “We are incredibly thankful to the Kenneth E. Bentsen family for their generosity in making this significant contribution to our collection.”

Jim Love (1927–2005) was born in Amarillo, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, he moved to Houston. Love championed the practice of creating art out of the scrap metal he found in junkyards. The artist rose to prominence in 1961 when his groupings of found objects were included in the exhibition “The Art of Assemblage” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Love created highly visible public sculptures in Houston, including the “Call Ernie” airplane at the entrance to Hobby Airport; the “Portable Trojan Bear” along the mini railroad in Hermann Park; and the welded screen “Area Code” in the lobby of the Alley Theatre.

“Jim Love was not only one of Houston’s most important artists and a catalyst for the Houston art scene, he was also a close friend,” the Bentsen family said. “His art, and in particular his ‘Jack,’ became part of our family and then our children’s families. After influencing four generations of Bentsens, we can think of no better home than Rice University, where it will bring the same awe and joy to more generations to come.”

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Media interested in covering the May 10 dedication ceremony should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.



Welcome to Rice Public Art

Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world. Rice Public Art seeks to generate encounters with art that advance the culture of inquiry that characterizes our university. By incorporating site specific works into the campus landscape and interior spaces, the program aims to challenge and inspire the community to imagine its work and lives from unconventional and potentially transformative perspectives. Rice Public Art works in collaboration with The Shepherd School of Music, the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA), the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) and the student organization Art Lab, among others, in an effort to broadly integrate our programming into the academic life at Rice University. 

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