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.