(44) OH BELISK
Adduci resides in Chicago, IL. and has a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in 1975. He also has a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University in 1975. He has public collections in Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago; ISC Collection IV at the International Sculpture Center, Washington, DC and SAS Institute in Carey, NC and many more locations. He was part of the “Pier Walk 2002”, International Sculpture Exhibition at Navy Pier, Chicago and has been involved in many exhibits since 1996.
Agard has been with the Art Department at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, since 1982 serving as Chairperson, Gallery Director and currently, Associate Professor. Since 1968, Agard has taught at Virginia Intermont College in Tennessee and Green Mountain College in Vermont. He received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from State University of New York and his Master’s Degree of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. His dedication to the arts is evident in his founding of The Exhibiting Artists Federation and his participation in numerous solo and group exhibitions, competitions and inclusion of his work in private collections. Pyramid Hill is fortunate to display Agard’s Restoration, visible from Gallery Loop Road. Agard’s work is a study of parallel relationships, interlocking arcs and balance. Restoration is one of these studies utilizing major shapes. This piece is 10.5 feet tall by 18 feet wide and is constructed from steel.
(43) VENUS & PSYCHE (42) MELINDA AT THE BEACH
Barrett, born in Los Angeles, California, now works in both New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He earned a BS and a MS in Design and his MFA at the University of Michigan. Quite the prolific artist, Barrett has shown his work since 1964 from New York to California. His work is represented in corporate collections such as Neiman-Marcus and Hitachi, in museums in the USA, Japan, and Bulgaria, and in public venues (municipal-owned) from Phoenix to New York City. We are fortunate to have two of his bronzes here at the park. Venus and Psyche exhibits a wonderfully seductive lyrical dance with its sinuous yet rigid organic forms. Barrett’s welded bronze assemblages resemble extruded line drawings with positive and negative space playing a key role in the drama. Exquisite movement and tension contribute to his work as well.
CLASINA VAN BEMMEL
(36) LOOKING AT IT (37) LOOKING FROM IT
Clasina van Bemmel was born in the Netherlands in 1944. She traveled worldwide as a multilingual guide and has called Canada her home since 1975. During her working years, her creativity was mainly focused on founding and running her business until retirement in 1996. While exploring carving as a new hobby, she soon started experimenting with different mediums. Sculpting has become an integral part of her life and her pieces are now found in Europe and North America. Her passion is in monumental metal sculpture and she says that her admiration for the Australian sculptor Inge King and British sculptor Barbara Hepworth influence her work. Clasina presently sculpts at The Art Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two-piece sculpture is created of steel and looks like two extremely large chairs painted yellow and black.
(23) STILL LIFE
The art of California sculptor Ed Benavente has sometimes been described as a cross between Giacometti and Walt Disney. A description that the artist takes as reasonably accurate for his imagery which is, on one hand, meant to have a serious message and yet often incorporates a whimsical quality almost cartoon-like caricature. “I like to think that whatever I create is a product of the sum of my life experiences up to that point.” Says Benavente. “Observation is an important part of what I do. I believe that the answer to my own and most peoples questions about life are right before our noses.”
(1) PHASE ONE
Now retired, Harold Betz owned a metals business in Hamilton, Ohio for 47 years. Since childhood he has been demonstrating a natural talent for creative artwork. At his metals business, Betz often helped artists execute their sculptural designs by actually fabricating their pieces as many young artists lacked the equipment and technical skill to compose the works on their own. After receiving much encouragement from artists and friends, Betz decided to create his own sculpture. His fine work Phase I was honorably the first sculpture to be installed at Pyramid Hill. Although he no longer runs the metal business, Betz still expresses his creativity and talent through painting.
Walter Driesbach is a busy sculptor who lives and works in Cincinnati. He was educated at the School of the Dayton Art Institute under Robert Koepnick and was the Studio Assistant to Joseph Kiselewski, a New York sculptor, and continued studies at the Art Academy of Cincinnati under Charles Cutler. Following his studies at the Art Academy, he began a 30-year teaching career beginning at the Memphis Academy of Arts and culminating as instructor in sculpture and the fundamentals of the sculptural form at Thomas More College. Citizen, displayed behind the gift shop, is a bronze casting created from a mold of the original walnut carving. It is one of a collection of universal variations of the seated figure. Driesbach says of Citizen, “She has a voice in the community and a voice at large.” Pyramid Hill is proud to have Citizen as part of its permanent collection.
MICHAEL A. DUNBAR
(45) EUCLID’S CROSS
Michael Dunbar has been creating large-scale sculpture in steel, bronze and granite for the past 28 years. His sculpture is included in private collections, museums, art centers and sculpture parks throughout the country. His sculpture is about the industrialization of the Midwest prairie and the creative invention of the massive equipment that forever altered the way we live. Euclid’s Cross is the largest and most complex piece and stands 2l’ tall x18’ wide x 30’ long and is fabricated from bronze weighing 12 tons. This sculpture is a tribute to Euclid, the father of geometry as well as America’s industrial ingenuity.
(30) SOARING FORM IN REDS
Josefa, born Patricia Filkosky in 1933 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, took the name Josefa upon joining the Sisters of Charity in 1956. She initially received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Seton Hill but continued her studies at the School for American Craftsman, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art.She founded the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Seton Hill where she has taught since 1955. Josefa has the distinction of being the first woman represented in the permanent collection at Pyramid Hill and, according to her students and colleagues, is worthy of that distinction. Her piece, Soaring Form in Reds is a testament to her vitality and purpose in life. It is fabricated from 1″ steel plate and measures 10.5 feet tall by 8.5 feet wide and is the last sculpture to be viewed when exiting the park. The placement proved to be an appropriate one as Josefa passed away in July 1999, and this piece was her final creation.
(31) DRAGONFLY DOME
Voss Finn was born in Cincinnati in 1958, and later studied sculpture at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Bard College in New York. In 1990, Finn began experimenting with ways to move his sculptures around the viewer, in effect, creating an internal space, which is realized as an external event. His work deals with natural forms as modular units creating patterns, which exist in a variety of Archimedean shapes. Repeating patterns echo nature’s economy of design while playing with concepts of space, shape, symmetry and perceptual phenomenon. By employing domes that, upon entry, envelop the onlooker, Finn found a way to expand sculptural experience. By entering, the viewer becomes the centripetal point – experiencing the art’s eye view of the world. Dragonfly Dome is an 11′ dome with a 22′ diameter and is constructed of aluminum. It is currently installed behind the tennis court.
A native of Los Angeles, California, Gantman earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Fine Arts, Architecture and Civil Engineering from various California universities. He has been writing, lecturing and exhibiting since 1982. His exhibition experience includes both group and solo shows in OR, CA, CO, IL, OH, PA, CN, NY, LA and Spain. He is now represented at Pyramid Hill with his winning entry for the Bench Competition 2000, “Paul.” “Paul,” painted steel and bronze, is located near the “Age of Stone” overlooking the Amphitheatre. Gantman says of his piece, “One can simply create a form upon which one can rest oneself and contemplate their surroundings; or a work may be created which commands the viewer to take note, not only of their environment, but also of the fact that they reside in a place of art.” Yes, this piece of functional art is sturdy and ready to be used and yet quite puzzling…. What happened to “Paul”?
(49) FOURTH OBELISK
Born in 1942, Gibbs grew up among the hills and bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in Iowa. He completed his education with graduate school at the University of Iowa and held an apprenticeship with the German sculptor Walter Arno. After teaching for a few years at Arizona State, he returned to his native landscape to build studios. His inspiration stems from a childhood interest in the concrete world of landscape, construction and mechanical technology, as well as an interest in ideals and philosophies behind 20th century European history. In addition, Gibbs notes a contemporary fascination with the abstract nature of computer technology, communications and the financial markets. The influence of time on all of these things produces a dynamic between construction and destruction, generation and degeneration, positive and negative momentum and wholeness and brokenness, which is often apparent in his sculpture. His piece The Fourth Obelisk was created in 1990. It consists of painted steel and is 16′ tall. It is located on the small mound near the Pyramid Hill Tea Room.
(57) OFF MINOR
Richard A. Heinrich was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941 and attended Erasmus Hall High School, Cornell University and NYU. He has a B.S. from Cornell and an ABD from NYU, with a dissertation on the sculpture of David Smith. His sculpture has been shown in one-person exhibitions in New York, Chicago and Denver. His large outdoor work can be seen at the Kouros Gallery in Ridgefield CT; The Reading Public Art Museum, The Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood NJ, and the Hebrew Home for the Aged in New York. Also three large pieces are on the campus of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He participated in five Navy Pier Walk shows in Chicago and has shown in Japan, Norway, Germany and China. Public collections in the United States include Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey, Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park, H. F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, The New York Public Library, Rutgers University, the PepsiCo Collection in Purchase, New York and Pyramid Hill.
JOHN M. HOCK
(5) THE GATES
John Hock studied architecture and includes aspects of it as an element in his sculpture. He combines these aspects with abstract constructions in surface and method. His multi-dimensional structures explore abstraction through size, weight and volume. The Gates, installed in front of the gift shop, is constructed from painted steel, which was then stained and waxed.
(16) AGE OF STONE (19) WHITE FACE (15) JONAH’S PASSAGE (18) COLLONADE (17) REMEMBERING
Jon Isherwood was born in England in 1960. He received his undergraduate degrees in England and was a protégé of Anthony Caro, who has been noted as Britain’s leading sculptor for the past 30 years. Isherwood followed the master to the United States where he attended Syracuse University for his graduate studies. Now in mid-career, this sculptor combines ancient forms with contemporary materials. His piece Collonade can be viewed at Pyramid Hill among the trees near the Pyramid Pavilion. Jonah’s Passage is a 7’7″ high by 7’7″ wide piece of Fox Hill granite and is located near the Amphitheater. In addition, a site-specific commissioned work entitled The Age of Stone, consisting of nine pieces of massive granite ranging in height from 12 to 18 feet tall, was installed at the top of the hill above the Amphitheater in 1998.
(32) CLASH OF ARMS
Dan Kainz, an Allentown, Pennsylvania resident, was born into the world of stonecutters. The family business, the Wenz Company, became his training ground as a youngster. He spent many hours in the “old stone yard” and began producing pieces of sculpture at the ripe old age of 9. Since, he has apprenticed with Karel Mikolas, received miscellaneous grants and awards and has exhibited widely since 1971. “Clash of Arms,” an impressive piece created from granite, can be viewed from Gallery Loop Road beyond Upper Lake.
(35) GYRO CHAIR
Jim Killy holds a B.F.A. from Columbus College of Art & Design, 1970, and an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame, 1973. Jim has been the primary faculty member in the Sculpture area at Miami University, Oxford since 1976. He taught sculpture, drawing and design at Lake Michigan College for three years prior to assuming his teaching duties at Miami. He has helped to teach Wire Sculpture in our Summer Children Series.
(2) Abracadabra (3)Laocoon
Alexander Liberman was born in Russia in 1912. He joined the staff of Conde Nast in 1941 and before long became the Art Director. Liberman began his career in art as a painter and a photographer, turning to sculpture in the 1950’s. Now a world-renowned artist, his sculpture can be seen in all the great venues of the world. Pyramid Hill includes three of Liberman’s works: Laocoon constructed from welded steel in 1982, Torre II and the massive Abracadabra (#18), each made of painted steel and created in 1989 and 1992, respectively.
Meadmore was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1929. His initial career choice was aircraft engineering but once enrolled in the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, his interest turned to industrial design. Independently, Meadmore began to sculpt, exploring geometric shapes through a variety of media. Stylistically, his works fuse elements of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. His large works can be seen all over the world. Extent is painted aluminum and was executed in 1981.
(38) ADAM’S FIRST BREATH (63) WHEREFORE ART THOU
Sam McKinney was born 1951 in Lexington and spent his childhood in Fleming-Neon, KY after receiving an AB and MA in Art at Morehead State University, he has made Morehead his home. He resides with his family in a log house and connecting studio, (which he considers a functional sculpture) reconstructed of eighteenth and nineteenth century structures designed and built by himself. McKinney has been a figurative freelance painter and sculptor for over thirty years working mainly on commission, with portraiture being his mainstay. His work in oils, watercolors and bronze sculpture are nationally collected. This 1,800 pound sculpture in bronze and granite has been the focus of Mr. McKinney’s energies for more than a year and is, he says, the culmination of everything he has learned about his art.
(51) THE WEB
Born in Montreal, Canada on July 24, 1950, sculptor Brian Monaghan received his BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and his MFA at the Art Institue in Chicago. Biran’s creation “The Web” is a dynamic composition of beams standing 18 feet high by 20 feet wide. Stainless steel bolts connect the painted elements. Steel plates sitting on the ground support the work.
(8) PTEAUSARUS II
John Parker was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1948. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and pursued graduate studies at the Rinehart School of Sculpture. He has done extensive work with metal fabrication and welding. Parker’s work can be seen at many locations throughout the United States, including the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia and the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan. His weathered steel piece Pteausarus II ( can be seen among the hills of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.
(11) SKY WALK (10) LONG WALL (9) OHIO STAR
Joel Perlman was born in New York City in 1943. He studied art at Cornell University and graduated in 1965. He pursued graduate studies in London and Berkley. He has been working and teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York since 1973. Although he believes that art must be appreciated aesthetically, he also encourages observers to interact with the art by touching and moving around it. Perlman was a winner in the 1995 Second Annual Fujisankei Biennale at the Hakone Museum in Japan. His 18′ tall aluminum piece, Ohio Star, was commissioned by Pyramid Hill. The park also houses Perlman’s work Long Wall along Gallery Loop Road.
(39) BAROQUE TRAJECTORY
Poast is a sculptor and an instructor at the Pratt Institute and the Julliard School of Music in New York City. He is originally from Warren County, OH. “Baroque Trajectory,” is a seven-foot abstract steel structure, which withstood the destruction of the September 11th attack. It was installed in Lower Manhattan at the Trinity Plaza just a few blocks from Ground Zero in July 2001 and was on display until July 2002 as part of the Parks Temporary Arts Program. Unlike traditional artworks, Poast’s sculpture is a functioning musical instrument. It is part of his Color Music series, which utilizes the visual qualities of color and shape to create music.
(1) CORIOLIS (THE BENCH) (12) THE CUBE (14) JS BACH’S FUGUE #1
Tony Rosenthal was born in Illinois in 1914. His early works were an exploration into metals that eventually became characteristically abstract. He is particularly well known for his amazing spinning “cube” works of sculpture that are seen in New York City, the University of Michigan campus (his alma mater), and now at Pyramid Hill. The Cube at Pyramid Hill was fashioned from painted aluminum in 1994. Tony was also a winner in the Pyramid Hill Bench Competition in 1997. His piece, The Bench, painted steel, can be enjoyed as a resting place on the edge of Lake Carol. A third piece, titled J.S. Bach’s Fugue, sways gently in the breeze next to Island Lake on Gallery Loop Road.
ANTOINETTE PRIEN SCHULTZE
Sculptor Antoinette Prien Schultze of Eliot, Maine, describes her work as an expression of human emotion. “I marry materials, color, and light to create a place and space for shadow and light to effect a spiritual washing and insight into the undulating forces of existence.” Scultze’s granite and glass piece, “Keepsake”, which stands over 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide, was one of the winning sculptures in Pyramid Hill’s 1st International Juried Biennale Exhibition in 2004 and was added to the parks permanent collection in 2005.
(40) SERPENTINE COLUMN
Spath was born in Germany and studied architecture and sculpture in Aachen and Duesseldorf. In 1981 be moved to the US and settled in Vermont in 1982 as sculptor-in-residence at the Vermont Marble Exhibit. This was followed by 15 years as a sculpture instructor at various Vermont schools. In 1997 he became head of the new Johnson Atelier Stone Division in New Jersey. Spath began exhibiting his work in 1985 in Michigan and throughout New England. His work is represented in public collections from Virginia to Vermont. Serpentine Column is carved from African black granite, which is 126” tall by 32” wide and 16” deep. It has been polished to a silky finish on two surfaces leaving two surfaces natural. Enclosed are layers of plate glass, which provide the green tint.
(27) CINCINNATI STORY (28 )ROXANNE () Garden of Sculpture
George Sugarman was born in New York in 1912 and received his B.A. from New York City College in 1934. He served in the US Navy between 1941 and 1945 and studied with Cubist sculptor Ossip Zadkin in Paris in 1951-52. After travelling in Italy and Spain to look at Baroque architecture and sculpture, he returned to New York in 1955. In 1957 he joined the New Sculpture Group -an association dedicated to replacing reference to the human figure with a new internal logic – and the Brata Gallery, a 10th Street cooperative, which showed his work in sculpture. His first polychrome sculpture was considered extremely radical because each form was painted a different color. In the 1970’s Sugarman turned to large outdoor public sculpture and in 1982 was commissioned to create Cincinnati Story, to be placed in front of the Chiquita Building in Cincinnati. In 1999 Lowe Enterprises, owners of the Chiquita Building, offered the piece to Pyramid Hill and the park gladly accepted. Cincinnati Story is located on the hilltop on Gallery Loop Rd. George Sugarman died in 1999.
Born and educated in Oregon, Simonis earned his BFA from the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Allied Arts Department. He began exhibiting in 1975, receiving public art commissions from California to New Hampshire and Singapore. In the 80’s, he collaborated with Massachusetts’s businessmen to form Brickbottom Artist community, a large artist-owned loft complex. Suspension and balance are of primary importance in his work. Suspending the components with an overhead lift, and “finding” the positions where they provide the “weightless and tentative nature” for which he strives usually creates Simonis’ pieces. Trilogy, located near the Gift Shop and the Gazebo, is constructed of stainless steel and epoxy. Arthur Carter of New York City donated this delightful piece to Pyramid Hill in July 2000.
(41) PIER PORTAL
A native of Virginia, Tinsley was born in 1942 in Roanoke. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Graduate studies were completed at the University of Iowa where he received a Master’s in Fine Arts degree in Sculpture. Tinsley taught for two years at Eastern Kentucky University and eight years at Illinois State University. In 1978 he moved to Chicago to establish his studio. Since, he has placed thirty pieces in public spaces and exhibited in numerous shows throughout the United States and Europe. His work Pier Portal can be seen along Gallery Loop Road. Its presence in steel and cast concrete is beautifully reflected in Upper Lake.
Michael Tearney was born in Chicago in 1949 and he first began to explore art when he attended public high school in the city. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in 1971 and later received his Master’s Degree from New York University. In order to attain more technical skills in metalworking, Tearney worked with welding supply companies. He then withdrew from the art world for 20 years to pursue a business career, but returned to sculpting in the early 80’s. Through his work, he hopes to express ideas that prompt the onlooker to think deeply about the sculpture. Michael Tearney now works in a large studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. His sculpture entitled Triumph constructed of stainless steel, is nestled in the trees bursting toward the sky “triumphantly.”
Thomson is a local artist residing alternately in Cincinnati, Ohio and Naples, Florida. He operates Stan Thomson Studios where he designs and fabricates his stainless steel creations. Some of his works may be viewed right here in the tri-state area – Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Boise in Sharonville, Tencon in Milford, Turfway Race Track in Florence and Valley Temple in Wyoming, Ohio. Thomson generously donated one of his pieces to the park. Butterflies is now located in the garden next to the upper part of Lake Carol. A more perfect setting could not be found for this enchanting piece.
(62) Harry Wilks
Though John Leon has created many bronze portrait figures, busts, and bas-reliefs for institutions through out the U.S. such as the seated Harry Wilks near the glass pyramid here at Pyramid Hill, he is also known for his more abstract figurative sculptures and bas-reliefs in bronze, stone, and wood. There are over five hundred bronzes and twenty carvings in collections through out the world. Most of these works are derived from and inspired by music, sports, or nature with their sculptural forms based on the essences of their subjects in order to enhance their meaning. Leon started his career in medicine as a respiratory therapist intending to pursue sculpture as a life long hobby, but in 1980 decided to become a full time sculptor. He studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and privately with Walter Driesback and Jay Bolotin.
Boaz Vaadia is an internationally known sculptor whose stone figures inhabit museums, cultural sites, art galleries, and private collections around the world, set a tone of peace and serenity.
Born and raised in Israel, Vaadia moved to New York City in 1975 thanks to a grant he received from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation. Vaadia established his studio in SoHo.
Though generalized in form, there is some individuality in each figure, the artist’s intention being to represent the essence of a specific person. “I love people. Each person is unique, as is the work of an artist. It is important that we, as artists, identify our own uniqueness, just as every individual needs to identify his/her own individuality.”
(50) A Smile From Bayon
I am an object-maker. Throughout my career, I have used static forms to express my reactions to cultural, political and personal events. I translate these reactions into works made up of simplified forms, often with outsized proportions, so as to transcend time and space and to elicit an emotional and intellectual response in my viewers. I want to engage my viewers and invite them to address issues they might prefer not to see. The dimensions of the pieces coax viewers to become conscious of their physical relationship to the objects, and raise issues of scale, proportion and humanity.
Barton Rubenstein is an internationally renowned sculptor and public artist. He has completed over 70 public art projects around the world, including city and state projects, parks, corporate, commercial and academic institutions, as well as private residences. He typically works with stainless steel and bronze.
Fascinated with various elements of nature, Rubenstein focuses on water, kinetics, light, and suspension.
“The goal of my artwork is first to create a level of intrigue, and then to allow for the gradual discovery of its secrets and complexities.”