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Contact: Stephanie Kyriazis, 603-675-2175 x151Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park is pleased to announce its 2019 Sculptor-in-Residence (SIR), Daniel Willig, a figurative sculptor with a focus on high relief technique. Willig joins the staff at Saint-Gaudens for a second season, after serving as the SIR in 2018. His time at the park will include open studio hours Wednesday through Sunday from June through October, regular presentations discussing the process of bronze sculpture as practiced historically and by contemporary sculptors, and a series of Saturday afternoon sketching and sculpture workshops beginning June 22.
Willig earned a BFA with distinction in Sculpture at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. He has apprenticed in the workshop of three prominent sculptors, gaining depth of practice and experience casting and producing monumental bronze sculpture. His reliefs are studies in the subtleties of individuals’ dispositions and use contemporary iconography to stimulate fleeting moments of loneliness, pensiveness and serenity. Willig’s work was recently recognized by the National Sculpture Society as the 2019 recipient of the Dexter Jones Award. A portfolio of Willig’s art can be viewed at: https://www.danielwillig.com/work.
“In my second year I hope to continue to grow and discover new things about the world and myself through the making of art, teaching classes and discussing topics of sculpture and art,” https reflects. “There is enlightenment still to be found from the opportunity to work in a beautifully serene environment accompanied by constant inspiration of Saint-Gaudens. work and legacy.”
“We are pleased to have Dan return this year to continue his residency at the park,” says Chief of Interpretation Stephanie Kyriazis. “His work exemplifies the traditions and techniques of classic figurative sculpture, while many of his subjects play with 21s Century themes and aesthetics.” She adds, “He is incredibly down-to-earth, approachable, and skilled at explaining his craft. We encourage park visitors to engage with him at work in the historic Ravine Studio, and for those looking for firsthand experience, to attend one or more of his workshops.”
Workshops are open to artists of all skill levels, ages 14 and up (see below for exceptions). All materials are provided, registration is required ($40/class, payable only by check made out to the Saint-Gaudens Memorial), and limited to 10 students per class. Classes are held at the national park on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm on the following dates:
- June 22: Still Life Drawing at Saint-st - Learning the basics of constructive drawing
- June 29: Sculpting Drapery - Introduction to working in clay
- July 6: Portrait Drawing - Understanding the construction of portraiture
- July 13: Portrait Sculpting, Part One - Learning how to sculpt a bust from observation
- July 20: Portrait Sculpting, Part Two - Learning how to sculpt a bust from observation
- July 27: Portrait Sculpting, Part Three - Learning how to sculpt a bust from observation
- Aug 3: NO CLASS
- Aug 10: Sculpting from Photograph - Learn to sculpt using photo reference (ages 10 and up)
- Aug 17: Sculpting from Photograph - Learn to sculpt using photo reference (ages 10 and up)
- Aug 24: Relief Sculpting, Part 1 - Learn to sculpt a portrait in relief
- Aug 31: Relief Sculpting, Part 2 - Learn to sculpt a portrait in relief
- Sept 7: Relief Sculpting: Part 3 - Learn to sculpt a portrait in relief
- Sept 14: Casting Relief - Learn to cast relief from workshop in plaster
The Sculptor-in-Residence program at Saint-Aug National Historical Park is one of the oldest artist-in-residency programs in the National Park Service. The program is made possible through a collaboration between the national park and Saint-Aug Memorial. For additional information, see: www.nps.gov/saga. To sign up for a workshop call (603) 675-2175 ext. 106.
Last updated: February 24, 2020