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 Eugene Kormendi  (1889 - 1959)

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Lived/Active: Indiana/District Of Columbia / Hungary      Known for: sculptor-statues, art educator

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A sculptor of religious statuary and a teacher, Eugene Kormendi was on the faculty at Notre Dame University beginning 1941. He was born in Budapest, Hungary and became well known there for his sculpture. His wife, Elizabeth Kormendi, was a recognized sculptor as well as painter, and her specialty was ceramics.

Eugene Kormendi studied at the Art Academy in Budapest and was active in the Fine Arts Society of Budapest. He also studied in Paris with Auguste Rodin. In 1939 he and his wife were visiting the United States and were prevented from returning home because of the outbreak of World War II in Europe. Seeking employment, he took a job as artist-in-residence at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and spent much of his career on the faculty of that university. His wife was a visiting professor there during many summer sessions.

Eugene Kormendi was commissioned to sculpt the "Christ the Light of the World" statue, which is on the front of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops building in Washington, D.C. He also made a sculpture of Archbishop John F. Noll of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Other works by Kormandi include:

Plaque of Harry Truman, in gratitude from displaced persons of all faiths, 1949, location unknown

Memorial group of Father Flanagan, indiana limestone, over-life-size, Boys Town, Omaha, Nebraska

St. Thomas Moore, stone, University of Notre Dame

Centarnarian, medallion of the Virgin Mary, over-life-size bronze, University of Notre Dame

Our Lady of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York, limestore, over-life-size

His statuary and woodcarvings are at the Heeres Museum in Vienna, Austria; the Budapest Museum; Mt. Mary College in Milwaukee; Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska; St. Peter's Church in Olney, Maryland; and St. Peter's Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Sources include:

Ann Ball, researcher of Archbishop John Noll. One of her reference books is "The Art of Eugene and Elizabeth Kormendi", loaned to her by one of the Crosier Fathers, a religious order of Catholic priests.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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