Alan LeQuire presents gallery talk March 4 at Maryville College

Feb. 1, 2002

Noted Tennessee artist Alan LeQuire will present a gallery talk March 4 at 6 p.m. in the Maryville College Fine Arts Center. LeQuire's exhibit entitled "Monuments and Maquettes" will be on display in the Center's art gallery from March 4 until March 29. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LeQuire, who served an apprenticeship with sculptor Milton Hebald in Rome as well as earning a master's degree in fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is best known for his 42-foot-tall recreation of Phidias' Athena Parthenos for the Nashville Parthenon. The recreation is said to be the largest indoor sculpture in the western world.

LeQuire is also highly regarded as a quick, accurate and sensitive portraitist and figurative sculptor. He has completed numerous public and private commissions in the region, and his works are in several corporate and university collections.

"Monuments and Maquettes" will feature 10 small bronzes, two colossal portrait heads from LeQuire's "Cultural Heroes" series, two relief sculptures and one complete life-size standing figure.

Although a resident of Nashville, Alan LeQuire has many Blount-County roots. His father, Dr. Virgil S. LeQuire, graduated from Maryville College in 1943 before going on to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Alan's grandfather, Dr. Granville Dexter LeQuire, grew up in Cades Cove and attended Maryville College's preparatory department. G.D. LeQuire practiced medicine in Blount County for nearly 50 years and was the first chief of staff of Blount Memorial Hospital when it opened in 1947.

A public reception will follow LeQuire's March 4 gallery talk in Willard House on the College campus. Reservations for the reception are required and may be made by calling 865/981-8198 by Feb. 25.

For information on LeQuire's exhibit, please contact the Fine Arts Center office at 865/981-8150.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.