The pieces are in place, and the monumental works of acclaimed granite sculptor Candyce Garrett are on view for the public with the outdoor installation Rock Walk now through May 22, 2016.
A collaboration between the Tyler Museum of Art and Tyler Junior College with support from Presenting Sponsor the Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc., Rock Walk features 13 of Garrett’s large-scale stone sculptures placed at strategic locations on the grounds of the TMA at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., and throughout the TJC main campus.
Based in Taos, N.M., Garrett spent years working in various sculpture media including clay, wood, limestone and marble before moving to the challenges of granite as an apprentice to legendary sculptor Jesus Moroles. Often abstract in design but conveying simple, relatable themes, her granite work draws much of its inspiration from the rustic, expansive landscapes of the desert Southwest.
Garrett’s work is on display in several prominent public spaces throughout the country, including the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Santa Fe Botanical Gardens and the AT&T Center (home of the San Antonio Spurs). She is a veteran of several exhibitions and installations featuring several of her works, but Rock Walk marks the first time the sculptor has tackled a public art installation of this scope and size. “This has never happened before,” she said.
A digital map spotlighting the locations of sculptures featured in Rock Walk will be available at the TMA Website www.tylermuseum.org. Printed maps also will be available in the lobby for each of the sites on campus, which include:
o The Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE)
o Genecov Science Building
o Holley Hall, adjacent to Rogers Student Center at South Baxter Avenue
o Pirtle Technology Building, South Mahon Avenue at East Lake Street
o Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center, South Fleishel Avenue at East Fifth Street
o Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. at Apache Pass
o White Administrative Services Center, South Baxter Avenue at East Fifth Street
As a complement to the nine-month outdoor installation, a series of smaller-scale pieces will be featured during the indoor TMA exhibition The Granite Sculpture of Candyce Garrett opening to the public Sunday, Sept. 27 and continuing through Jan. 17, 2016. The Museum show will spotlight more than 20 of Garrett’s recent works, each following themes similar to those featured in the outdoor project but with the distinction that “the average weight of these pieces is around 500, rather than 5,000 pounds,” TMA Executive Director Chris Leahy said.
TMA members and special guests are invited for a first look at the museum exhibition and an opportunity to meet the artist during the Preview Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 26 at the Museum. To RSVP or for information on becoming a TMA member, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.
Ms. Garrett also will be on hand for an opening-day artists’ talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at the TMA, with a brief reception to follow. The public is invited and admission is free, but reservations are requested by calling (903) 595-1001.
Additional support for Rock Walk and The Granite Sculpture of Candyce Garrett is provided by Collectors’ Circle Gold Sponsors Claudia D. and Otis W. Carroll.
The Tyler Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a participant in the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), which allows TMA members to receive free or discount admission at hundreds of additional museums throughout the U.S. and Canada. For a complete list of participating NARM institutions, visit http://narmassociation.org. Regular TMA hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; the Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The Museum is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College and the City of Tyler. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.