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April 16, 2013

Muster Day Campus Walking Tour April 21 To Feature Works of Renowned Sculptor Lawrence M. Ludtke

Lawrence Ludtke

Several sculptures created by former Texas A&M student and renowned artist Lawrence M. Ludtke grace Texas A&M's College Station campus, including the statue of James Earl Rudder.

In conjunction with Muster, Texas A&M University Press will launch the book Life in Bronze: Lawrence M. Ludtke, Sculptor by Amy Bacon, a biography of the late sculptor, with a campus walking tour of Ludtke Sculpture followed by a reception, program and book signing.

The campus walking tour of Ludtke Sculpture will be held 2:30 p.m. April 21, beginning at the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. The reception, program and book signing will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the James R. Reynolds Student Art Gallery in the Memorial Student Center.

Both events are free and open to the public, and visitors who are unable to arrive for the walking tour are welcome to join for the reception only.

Written by Texas A&M alumnus Amy Bacon, Life in Bronze is a biography based on personal interviews with the artist as well as family, friends, colleagues and patrons, such as H. Ross Perot.

After attending Texas A&M, Ludtke played professional baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He went on to become a Fellow in the National Sculpture Society and a Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of British Sculptors.

Among the Ludtke pieces Aggies might recognize are the Rudder statue on campus and a memorial to 1973 environmental design graduate Stephen Moore on display behind the Langford Center. Ludtke collabored on the piece — a boy with a golden retriever — with renowned sculptor Veryl Goodnight.

Ludtke’s work also graces the halls and grounds of the United States Air Force Academy, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Rice University, CIA headquarters, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Pentagon, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and the National Battlefield Park at Gettysburg, Pa. He has also created significant liturgical art, most notably a life-size Pieta for St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and a Christ and Child for Travis Park Methodist Church in San Antonio.

For more information about Life in Bronze or the campus walking tour, contact Holli Koster, Texas A&M University Press, at 979-458-3982 or


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