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Frederick Hart    (American, 1943-1999)

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1943 Born Frederick Elliott Hart on November 3, Atlanta, GA and raised in South Carolina
1966 - 1968 Apprentices with Giorgio Gianetti Architectural Plaster Studio and assists sculptors Felix de Weldon, Carl Mose, Don Turano, and Heinz Warnecke
1967 - 1971 Apprenticed with stone sculptor Roger Morigi at the Washington National Cathedral
1974 Wins international competition to design the sculptural program for main entrance of Washington National Cathedral. The program comprises three life-size statues, Adam, Saint Peter, and Saint Paul, and three monumental relief panels, Creation of Night, Creation of Day, and Ex Nihilo (Out of Nothing)
1975 Realizes first work in cast clear acrylic resin, the Child
1976 Appointed to the Sacred Arts Commission for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington
1979 Creates Processional Cross for Pope John Paul II’s historic Mass on the National Mall, Washington, D.C.
1982 Receives commission for Three Soldiers bronze installed at site of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. in 1984, dedicated by President Reagan in 1984.
Commissioned by the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, to create a bronze bust of James Webb of NASA
1984 Commissioned to create the Age of Light, a series of twelve works in clear acrylic resin. The commission is completed over seven years
1985 Appointed by President Reagan to a five-year term on the United States Commission of Fine Arts, a seven-member committee that advises the United States Government on matters pertaining to the arts, and guides the architectural development of the nation's capital
1986 Appointed to the board of trustees, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
1987 Built a country home on 135 acres of open farmland in the Piedmont region of northern Virginia. Names the farm Chesley in honor of his late sister
1987 With Philip Frohman, architect of Washington National Cathedral from 1921 to 1971, receives Henry Hering Award for the Creation Sculptures at Washington National Cathedral from the National Sculpture Society, New York
1987 Participates in “100 Years of Figurative Sculpture,” an invitational exhibition in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution
1988 Receives the Presidential Award for Design Excellence, given once every four years, for Three Soldiers
1989 Commissioned to create the Creation Sculptures: Themes and Variations, a series of eight sculptures (four clear acrylic resins and four bronzes). This commission is completed over six years
1991 Creates and donates a comic bust of Mark Twain for the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA)
1991 Commissioned to create Dreams, Visions, and Visitations, a series of four works in clear acrylic resin. This commission is completed over five years
1991 Receives the Arthur Ross Award in Sculpture, created to celebrate excellence in the classical tradition, and recognizing the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, landscape designers, educators, publishers, patrons, and others dedicated to preserving and advancing the classical tradition
1991 Commissioned to create the Herald, a monumental bronze angel, for the Newington-Cropsey Foundation and Cultural Studies Center, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
1992 Unveils Cross of the Millennium at Easter Sunrise Service, Arlington National Cemetery
1992 Commissioned to create the James Earl Carter Presidential Statue in bronze for the Georgia State House grounds, Atlanta
1993 Awarded honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina
1994 Installs the James Earl Carter Presidential Statue, a larger-than-life-size bronze on the Georgia State House grounds, Atlanta
1994 Hudson Hills Press publishes the first monograph, Frederick Hart, Sculptor
1994 Commissioned by Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Andover, Kansas, to create a life-size Cross of the Millennium in clear acrylic resin
1996 Richard B. Russell Jr. Memorial Statue, installed and dedicated in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
1997 Lord Mountbatten, bronze portrait placed by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, in his private garden at Highgrove
1997 Senator Strom Thurmond, portrait bust created for the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
1997 The Cross of the Millennium, created in clear acrylic resin, presented to His Holiness Pope John Paul II in a private ceremony at the Vatican
1997 Admitted to the Order of Saint John as Serving Brother by Queen Elizabeth II
1998 Presents Daughters of Odessa, a three-quarter life-size bronze sculpture to his Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales,
1998 Receives the first annual Newington-Cropsey Foundation Award for Excellence in the Arts
1998 PBS documentary Rodin & Hart, Master Sculptors, receives an Emmy Award, Washington
1999 Featured speaker for Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
1999 Dies August 13 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, M.D.
1999 Posthumously awarded honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from American University
2000 Honored by the National Sculpture Society by dedicating its Spring 2000 issue of Sculpture Review to Hart and his body of work
2000 Honored by Washington National Cathedral with a memorial tribute and sculpture exhibition: "Transcendence and Renewal"
2000 Life Achievement Award from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, Connecticut, is posthumously bestowed
2004 President George W. Bush hosts Mrs. Hart and her two sons at the White House for the posthumous presentation of The National Medal of Art, the highest award the US Government can give to an artist
2005 Presentation of Daughters of Odessa: Songs of Grace to the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Butler Books publishes the third monograph, Frederick Hart: The Complete Works
2008 The premiere of the ballet, Between Stillness, inspired by the sculpture, Ex Nihilo, is conceived and staged by the University of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet, Louisville, Kentucky
2008 The monograph, Frederick Hart, The Complete Works, Butler Books, Publisher, is awarded a silver medal in the National Fine Art Category by Independent Publisher Book Awards

2007 “Giving Form to Spirit,” at the University of Louisville, Kentucky
2004 “The Creative Spirit: The Sculpture of Frederick Hart,” at the Leu Art Gallery and the Leu Center for the Visual Arts, Belmont University, Nashville
2004 “The Creative Spirit: The Sculpture of Frederick Hart,” at the Las Vegas Art Museum, (affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.)
2002 “Frederick Hart: A Celebration of Spirit,” at the McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina
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