June 3, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The bronze sculpture "Sportsmanship" has been selected by the National Sculpture Society to be showcased in its special exhibit "Sports Sculpture".
The sixty-one piece exhibit opens May 6 and runs through July 26, 2002 and features the works of forty of America's leading contemporary figurative sculptors. The pieces depict athletes involved in the rich variety of sporting activity ranging from gymnastics to sumo wrestling.
The exhibition is being held at the National Sculpture Society headquarters and exhibition space in the Park Avenue Atrium. The sculpture exhibition space is located at 237 Park Avenue and 466 Lexington Avenues, between 45th and 46th Streets in downtown Manhattan. The exhibit is open to the general public.
"Sportsmanship", which was created by sculptor Edward Jonas, is the one ton 15' tall monument which stands in Strum Plaza at Doak Campbell Stadium on the Florida State University campus. The piece is represented in the New York show by the quarter life-size scale bronze maquette [model]. The statue depicts and standing football player reaching out to help up a fallen opponent and promotes sportsmanship in collegiate athletics.
Through out the 30 year art career of Edward Jonas the human figure has been his principle subject. For much of that period he has built a reputation as an oil painter, creating portraits for such clients as golfer Greg Norman, Fuzzy Zoeller and the family of Jack Nicklaus as well as leaders in government, education and business. A desire to communicate with a broader audience and explore universal themes brought a full-time shift to sculpture. Jonas is presently working on his third commission for Florida State University in his Tallahassee, Florida studio.
The National Sculpture Society was founded in 1893 and is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States and has been hosting exhibits for over a century. "Sports Sculpture" is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The exhibition runs through July 26, 2002.