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The Indiana Arts Commission announced recently the selection of Bedford, Indiana limestone sculptor William Galloway to create the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards.
Galloway began working with Indiana limestone in the 1980s, apprenticing under the renowned carvers Henry Morris and Clarence Hayes at the Bybee Stone Company in Ellettsvile, Indiana. Galloway achieved the position of Master Carver at Bybee and led projects including the carving of window tracery for the National Cathedral and statuary for the Iowa State Capitol.
Now working independently, Galloway maintains a reputation as one of the best sculptors in the Indiana stone belt. He founded Angelo Stone Company in 1994, and began receiving commissions from architects, individuals and stone carving companies. In addition to carving for buildings and monuments, Galloway creates stone art works based on original designs, such as "Dinosaur" and "Wings" benches, which reside at City of Bloomington parks.
"Stone carving is the dark horse of traditional Indiana art," Galloway said. "I was thrilled to be presented with the opportunity to offer a design proposal to the Governor's Arts Awards selection committee for this year's award. I am honored to have my proposal selected to represent this important award."
Inspired by Indiana's limestone tradition of making beautiful pieces that travel throughout the world, Galloway's proposed award piece is structurally based on the spires that he carved for the National Cathedral. Using the same techniques and materials used in the Cathedral's upper spires, Galloway will carve the heavy limestone into thin dancer-like figures, while maintaining the stone's strong central axis, producing a visually impressive award.
"Euclidian Geometry dominates architectural aspects of spatial stone carving," Galloway explained. "In this instance, strength, impressive 'stage presence,' and low handling weight were primary considerations. Then, there was the communication of the message that the award represents. The human figure in dance, cand be iconic, or possess a monumentalty not inclusive to its physical size. Dance elements became the vehicle to convey the message of special recognition and inspiration to create the awards."
Galloway was selected from a field of traditional artists from around the state invited to submit proposals to create the awards.
"This will mark 40 years since the inception of the Governor's Arts Awards, and it seems fitting that one of Indiana's oldest traditional art forms should represent this year's awards," said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci.
In 2011, Cicero glass artist Ben Johnson crafted the awards presented to renowned opera singer and educator Sylvia McNair, Bloomington; concert pianist and educator Alexander Toradze, South Bend; concert harpist and educator Susann McDonald, Bloomington; actor and educator Mark Fauser, Marion; volunteer and arts patron June Edwards; and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
The 2013 awards will be presented this fall during a special awards program at the Carmel Center for the Performing Arts.
For more information about the award artist, and to see samples of his work, please visit:http://www.gallowaystonecarving.com/.