Bust of Famed American Sculptor Cyrus Dallin Created by a UVU Professor Debuts at Dallin Art Museum in Massachusetts
July 1, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert
Written by: Daniel Fairbanks
On June 27, the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum in Arlington, Mass., held an unveiling ceremony of an over life-size portrait bust of Dallin by sculptor Daniel J. Fairbanks, associate dean of the College of Science & Health at Utah Valley University.
“I feel greatly honored that this portrait bust will memorialize one of America’s greatest artists, whose work I have admired my entire life,” said Fairbanks.
Dallin was one of the foremost sculptors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, best known for his monuments in Massachusetts, where he spent most of his career, and in his home state of Utah. Among his many public statues are the Paul Revere Monument near the Old North Church in Boston, the Appeal to the Great Spirit in front of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Angel Moroni on the LDS Salt Lake Temple, and the Massasoit Monument overlooking Plymouth Rock and in front of the Utah State Capitol.
In 2012, the Dallin Museum celebrated its namesake’s 150th birthday with a series of events and lectures.
“The bust was created last year by Daniel Fairbanks on stage at Arlington Town Hall in front of an audience of over 200 people,” said Heather Leavell, co-chair of the Dallin Art Museum Board of Trustees. “While Daniel sculpted, his uncle, Jonathan Fairbanks, curator emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, presented a lecture on the life and legacy of Dallin.”
Fairbanks chose to depict Dallin as a young man in his 20s, as he appeared when he received the Paul Revere Monument commission.
“I felt it would be unwise for me to imitate Dallin’s self portrait as an older man, which he had sculpted so superbly,” Fairbanks said. “As a young man, Dallin had a strikingly handsome appearance, perfect for a portrait bust.”
Leavell said the bust is a focal point of the museum’s newly redesigned entryway.