The National Sculpture Society November/December News Bulletin features acclaimed sculptor George Anthonisen, whose work is permanently installed on the Berman Foundation SculptureTerrace, part of the Henry W. 1948 and June Pfeiffer Wing at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art.
In the article, Anthonisen discusses his relationship with Ursinus College, which began with a solo exhibition in 1996, and first led to a commissioned bas relief, Promise/Anthem (1998), which depicts student life before and during World War II, and then to the installation of eight bronze sculptures installed on the terrace. The sculptures are part of a larger collection of sculpture, maquettes, frescoes and archival materials bequeathed to the museum by the artist and his wife, Ellen.
“My wife, Ellen, and I have experienced first-hand how The Berman Museum works with Ursinus students and are impressed with the education program that truly cares for art and works diligently toward enriching the student, staff and administrative community,” Anthonisen states in the article.
The Bucks County Pa. artist’s works are included in the permanent collections of the U. S. Capitol, Capitol Visitors Center; World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; New York’s Carnegie Hall; The James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pa; Center for Interfaith Relations, Louisville, Ky; in Philadelphia at Please Touch Museum, Curtis Institute of Music, Woodmere Art Museum; and more than two dozen other sites. Select honors Anthonisen has received over the years include the U.S. Department of the Interior Fellowship as the first Sculptor-in Residence; by the Augustus Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site (1971); Exemplary Achievement in the Arts Award, Bucks County Chamber of Commerce (1985); an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Ursinus in 2009; and election as Fellow of the National Sculpture Society (1973). Anthonisen has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the United States.
His bronze piece, Aspiration, is the magazine cover image. Many of the accompanying photos are of sculptures at the Berman, including Creation (1981), Rising (2004-2005) and I Set Before You this Day (1979-1987). The newest addition to the Berman terrace, Heroic Torso, conceived and executed in 1966-1969, is the only casting which exists.
In the article he discusses what impacted his career, and works which are meaningful to him and how he sees art in relation to humanity. “The more I study who we are, the more mysterious we become,” he states. “At seventy-six, I have more ideas than I know I will be able to complete in my lifetime. No matter how advanced we are technologically, we remain human beings adapting and changing to the environment. Art helps us understand ourselves and our fellow humans.”
More information can be found at www.ganthonisen.com, or at http://www.ursinus.edu/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=3917