Bruce Wolfe

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Bruce Wolfe
 Lovett Sculpture 
Edgar Odell Lovett
, 2012 
Keck Hall Courtyard

Gift of the Wortham Foundation with support from Pam and Edgar Lovett II, Mary Nell and Malcom Lovett, Jr., Pat and Fred Burns, Marilyn Graves Lummis, Arthur and Karen Rogers, Mary Eliza and Park Shaper and individual donors.

Commissioned in conjunction with the university’s centennial, Wolfe’s statue depicts Rice’s founder and first president, Edgar Odell Lovett. Rice would not be the university it is today were it not for Dr. Lovett’s forward-thinking vision and years of dedication that shaped all sectors of the university—from academics and research to campus architecture and life. The statue portrays the younger Lovett who founded Rice and traveled the world to incorporate the best of what he saw in other universities into his vision for the Rice Institute. Wolfe’s statue stands as a dynamic, monumental marker of the achievements of Rice and its founding president during the university’s first century. 

About the Artist: Bruce Wolfe’s career in sculpture spans forty years of receiving commissions for busts and figurative portraits of many notable personalities. He studied at San Jose State University and the Art Institute of San Francisco. Wolfe also studied portrait painting with Betinna Steinke and studied sculpture with Bruno Lucchesi. He is adept in both oils and clay and has taught figure painting and sculpture in several Northern California art schools. Wolfe is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Federal Design Achievement Award. His public commissions include statues of sports pioneer Lamar Hunt at the Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium; educator and congresswoman Barbara Jordan at the University of Texas at Austin and Austin airport; and former Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist at Stanford University.