Moroles to judge regional art competition at USAO

Sculptor Jesús Moroles serves as the judge for the 7-State Biennial Art Exhibition that opens at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the USAO Art Gallery.

Moroles to judge regional art competition at USAO



CHICKASHA -- Jesús Moroles was awarded the 2008 National Medal of Arts by Pres. George W. Bush for his “enduring achievements as a sculptor of stone.” It is the highest achievement that an artist can receive from the U.S. government.

This year, Moroles serves as the judge for the 7-State Biennial Art Exhibition held by the Art Gallery at the University of Science and Arts.


Every other year, artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in the 7-State Biennial Art Exhibition. This year more than 250 works were submitted for consideration and 43 were chosen for exhibition.


Based on Moroles’ judging, the winning artists will receive over $11,000 in cash awards and purchase prizes. The opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the USAO Art Gallery. Admission is free.


Moroles has more than 2,000 works in place in countries all over the world.


His most visible work Lapstrake is a 64-ton sculpture measuring more than 22 feet high that rests in the CBS Plaza in New York City.


His largest single work is the Houston Police Officers Memorial. It is composed of granite and a stepped pyramid that is surrounded by four inverted pyramids excavated from the ground. The work spans 120 feet by 120 feet.


Moroles, a Texas native, earned his BFA from North Texas State University. After a year of study in Italy, he opened Moroles Studio in Rockport, Texas that he continues to operate along with members of his family in order to produce his works.


In 1982, Moroles received the Awards in the Visual Arts Fellowship, resulting in his works being placed into a two-year traveling exhibition which began at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.


In 1985, Moroles received a National Endowment for the Arts Matching Grant for the installation of sculptures and fountains placed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, Ala.


USAO Art Gallery Director Layne Thrift is very excited to have an artist of Moroles’ standing to serve as juror for the 7-state show.


“As the 7-State Biennial Exhibition has continued to gather attention in the 10 years we’ve been holding it – this being our sixth biennial – it is gratifying to have an artist like Jesús take the time out of his busy schedule to judge our exhibitors. We’re thrilled to have him and know that our exhibitors are in great hands with such an accomplished artist.”


The exhibition is supported by grants from the USAO Foundation, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Interested parties are invited to call Thrift at (405) 574-1374.