Ellis County Art Association has announced an evening of art and conversation with Jesus Moroles, a critically acclaimed sculptor from Rockport, Texas as he presents a slide show of his work and discusses the importance of sculpture in a public venue. 

Scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3, the event is open to the public with free admission and will be held  in the upper level auditorium of the Ellis County Art Association Art Center located at 501 West Main Street, Waxahachie, Texas.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  

Moroles will share his plan to create a public outdoor sculpture – a gift to the citizens of Waxahachie – near downtown.

Moroles has more than 2,000 works in place in China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and  the United States, in museum, corporate, public and private collections.

Moroles’ work has been included in over one hundred and sixty one-person exhibitions and 190 group exhibitions worldwide. Among his distinctions, he is a member of the Board of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, and recipient of the 2007 Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Visual Arts by the Texas Cultural Trust.

His most visible public sculpture is “Lapstrake 1987,” a massive 22 feet tall, 64-ton work located across from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Moroles has received significant national attention with his inclusion in the landmark exhibition Contemporary Hispanic Art in the United States, which was shown at major American museums.

His largest scale single work is the Houston Police Officers Memorial, dedicated in November 1992. The memorial is comprised of a granite and earth rising stepped pyramid surrounded by four equal inverted stepped pyramids excavated from the ground.

His work has been the subject of numerous articles and reviews in ARTNEWS, Arts, Artforum, Artspace, Artweek, Newsweek, Southwest Art, Time, and The New York Times as well as several books such as America Art Now, Art in the Eighties, National Museum of American Art, Contemporary Art in Texas, and Contemporary Art in New Mexico, and A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas.

Visit his website www.moroles.com for more biographical information and images of his work.