March 03, 2008

Sculptor Ken Little to present free lecture

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Sculptor Ken Little visits the School of Art and Design on Thursday, March 6, presenting a free lecture at 6 p.m. in Lawson Hall, room 121.

Maybe it's the Texas influence, but Little creates in larger than life – sometimes in steel and overlaid with $1 bills. Is he chiding us for wondering how much art is worth, or is it just to have fun?

On his Web site, Little lists "ceramic furniture, tools and life-sized figures… bears made of shoes and boots, deer made of roadmaps, automobiles from dictionary pages, houses from Bible pages and charcoal briquettes… hands in neon, ladders made into buildings and cast iron feet" as examples of his work. So it may be the answer to the above question is "both." Critics laud Little's work as accessible and fun and yet symbolic and emotional. His appeal is as mixed as his media, it seems.

Little's exhibits include The Forum for Contemporary Art at St. Louis, Diverse Works in Houston, The Washington Project for the Arts and The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D. C., The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Seattle Art Museum and many others. Check out his work at

The student-paid Fine Arts Activity Fee makes Little's visit possible, along with funding from the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Art and Design.