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Today marks the birthday of famed sculptor Lorado Taft, born in 1860 in Elmwood, Illinois. A graduate of the Illinois Industrial University—forerunner of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—Taft studied in France before returning to Chicago to make his reputation and … Continue reading

Today marks the birthday of Daniel Chester French, in his day one of America’s most popular sculptors. The famed often seem to have known the famed, and French was no different. May Alcott, Louisa’s sister, was the person who encouraged … Continue reading

Lorado Taft was at the height of his powers when he created The Eternal Indian, the towering concrete statue that watches over the Rock River in Lowden State Park near Oregon. The ceremony to dedicate the statue took place on July … Continue reading

Robert G. La France, co-editor of Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years, talks about the life and work of the influential sculptor in this video. In the book trailer, La France, former Curator of Pre-Modern Art at Krannert Art Museum at the … Continue reading

The pre-restoration Alma Mater. Today the famed statue makes its long-awaited return to the University of Illinois campus after a ten-month restoration treatment. Though completed in 1929, the Alma Mater had taken shape in the mind of creator Lorado Taft … Continue reading