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September 21, 2012–December 30

Willard Hirsch

Charleston's Sculptor

As Charleston’s premier sculptor of the twentieth century, this exhibition will examine the body of work Willard Hirsch (1905–1982) developed over the course of his fifty-year career.

A native of Charleston, Hirsch trained at the National Academy of Design and the Beaux Arts Institute in the 1930s. He returned to Charleston after serving in the military during WWII and established a studio where he welcomed sculptural commissions from private collectors and public institutions. He worked in a variety of media, ranging from terracotta and plaster, to wood and metal. Over the course of his career, Hirsch exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design, National Sculpture Society, Whitney Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in numerous galleries and museums in the Southeast.

Some of Hirsch’s best known work is on permanent exhibition in Charleston’s public parks, including bronze sculptures in Washington Square Park, White Point Gardens, the Gibbes Museum of Art garden, and Charlestown Landing.

Willard Hirsch: Charleston's Sculptor is made possible by the generous support of Gibbes, etc.

The Pelicans,1982
Willard Hirsch (American, 1905&150;1982)
Bronze, 10 x 8 inches
Courtesy of Hirsch Family Collection