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Lived/Active: New Hampshire      Known for: sculptor-figurative and bas relief

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The following is from the artist's website: www.ljnsculpture.com

Specializing in figurative sculpture and bas relief, 33 year-old Lawrence Nowlan is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the first artist to emerge from the large family since his grandfather, Philip Nowlan, created Buck Rogers in 1929.

Nowlan attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he first fell in love with the art of bronze sculpting. As an undergraduate, Nowlan served as a teachers assistant in the University's foundry and studied all aspects of bronze casting.

After graduating with a BFA, Nowlan worked as an art director in a Philadelphia design firm for several years until the itch to sculpt became unavoidable.

In 1994 Nowlan resumed his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and, from there, went on to earn his Masters in Fine Art from the prestigious New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art. His training at both institutions has allowed Nowlan to flourish in figurative sculpting, but it's his natural love for the labor of bronze casting that impassions every piece that the hands of this artist touch. Nowlan has completed a legion of sculptures including numerous commissions for corporations and individuals.

In the spring of 1995 Nowlan was selected from an elite group of artists nationwide to serve as sculptor-in-residence at the St. Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, which hosts the oldest artist residency program in the National Park Service. Working out of the park's historic Ravine Studio, Nowlan spent three years sculpting, demonstrating technique to park visitors and teaching sculpting workshops for children and adults.

In 1996 Nowlan was chosen from a group of eighty respected sculptors nationwide to design and sculpt a National Monument to honor the more than 600 fire fighters who have given their lives fighting wildfires since 1910. The monument consists of three heroic-sized bronze figures and will be installed at the National Fire Center Headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

Other sculptures Nowlan has been commissioned to create include a heroic-sized monument for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. Nowlan is currently sculpting and showing his work at galleries and shows.
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The following is from the artist:

I was born 1-11-65 in Philadelphia.

The Garden Angel was my most successful relief in a lot of ways, perhaps to
date but I am far from mastering the art of relief. I wouldn't say that that
is my forte,' the majority of my sculpture has been and continues to be in
the round. The majority of the reliefs that I have done have been private
portrait commissions. The figure is my major inspiration although I am
venturing into some equestrian pieces at the moment, in the time I have
before I start the War Memorial for the town of Windsor.

Selected Commissions

Windsor, Vermont- I have recently been commissioned to design and create a war memorial in Windsor which will pay tribute to all of those who have
served in the armed forces from the town. The unveiling will be in May 2002

Cornish, NH The Cornish Colony Museum- I just completed a larger than
life-size bas relief sculpture of an angel which will be the center piece for
a new bronze fountain in the museums gardens. Unveiling will take place in
May of 2001

VH1 Television - I was commissioned to create the award for the "My Music
Awards," show which premiered in December of 2000.

MTV/Viacom Corp. - I was commissioned in February of 2000 by MTV
Enterprises to complete an 8' sculpture of Jackie Gleason as one of his most
famous characters, Ralph Kramden. The sculpture was unveiled on August 28, 2000 in front of The Port Authority Bus Terminal at 41st & 8th Avenues in Manhattan. The unveiling ceremonies were covered live on CNN among other stations and also written up in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and People Magazine among others.

ESPN- I helped redesign the Espy Award for the ESPN Awards Show for the
year 2001.

Boise, Idaho, The National Interagency Fire Center - I was commissioned to
design and sculpt this National Monument in the spring of 1996. I was flown
to Boise to assist in the overall monument and site design with both the
Landscape Architect and the site Architect of the interagency. The monument
consists of three heroic-size bronze figures working on a "fire-line". The
sculpture will be the center piece of an extensively landscape monument sit
of over an acre in size. It includes trees and sculpture and shrubs
representative of the Great basin region, as well as areas for interpretative
discussions, a water feature, birch groves and handicap accessible walkways.

Along with my work on landscape and site design for this project, I worked
extensively with the fund raising committee as well as the public relations department in the promotion of the project. The estimated overall cost of the completed Wild Land Firefighters Memorial will be approximately $750,000. The monument was unveiled on May 22, 2000.

Winchester, Virginia The Handley Library - I was commissioned to design
and sculpt a life-size Bronze figure of a young girl reading to be placed in
the newly renovated rotunda of the library. Estimated cost $20,000.
Unveiling March 2001.

Cornish, New Hampshire The Cornish Colony Museum - I have been
commissioned to design and sculpt two life-size Bronze figures and a Bas
relief portrait for the museum. Unveiling May 2001.

1999 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar - I have been selected to
receive the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to spend a year in Florence Italy to study sculpture at the prestigious Lorenzo Di Medici
Academy of Art.

Hanover, New Hampshire The Ray School - I have completed a commission to
design and sculpt and sculpt a life-size Bronze figure to pay tribute to a
beloved teacher and administrator at the Bernice Ray School. Estimated cost
$20,000.

Cornish, New Hampshire, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site - I worked
with the conservation team that has been working on Augustus Saint Gaudens "Shaw Memorial" since early 1996. The plaster version of this
masterpiece, which pays tribute to General Shaw and the 54th Regiment, was
disassembled in 24 sections at Saint-Gaudens NHS on the summer of 1996. A
bronze version was cast from a mold taken off the plaster and is now
permanently installed at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. I
completed additional plaster casts of the "hidden heads" of the monument and duplicated the patination that is now on the original plaster version in
Washington. These additional casts will first displayed in "The History of
the Shaw Memorial" show at Saint Gaudens NHS and then travel to Aspet, France for a retrospective on Saint Gauden's life and work. The estimated cost of this project is over $800,000.

Battle of Little Bighorn National Design Competition - My design for this
monument was selected out of 1000 entries to be exhibited in a traveling
show that toured the country for two years.

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, The American Sculpture Association - I am
co-founder of the American Association, incorporated in Pennsylvania on June 10, 1996. It is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the Advancement of traditional as well as abstract sculpture. The ASA assist in the career development of sculptors as viable businessmen and as sculpture as a self supporting career. The ASA hopes to offer a wide range of programs and services to sculptors, art professional and others who have an interest in sculpture.
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The following is from Mary Webb, Loranth Projects

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CONTACT: Heather L Wiley Half moon Projects: (802)384-5888 wileyheather@aol.com

Windsor Veterans Memorial to be Unveiled May 25th

May 25, 2002, Windsor Vermont: The Windsor Veterans Committee will unveil the center piece of the new Windsor Veterans Memorial on Saturday May 25th. Many await the arrival of the larger than life sculpture to be installed in Constitution Common at the Corner of Depot and Main St in downtown Windsor.

Sculpted by Windsor resident and nationally renowned sculptor, Lawrence J Nowlan Jr, the 7ft bronze sculpture depicting a wary, however determined soldier, will be unveiled to all at a public ceremony at 11am.

The mission of the War Memorial Committee was to create a lasting honor roll of Windsor veterans while also incorporating a focal piece into the memorial. The committee commissioned Nowlan in July of 2001 to design and then create the soldier in his Windsor studio. It was agreed the piece needed to represent the broadest range of wars Windsor veterans served in, therefore a 20th century infantryman design was adopted by Nowlan. Sculpting was complete in February 2002 and casting then took place at Campbell Plaster and Iron in Rutland, VT.

Funds are actively being raised to finish the War Memorial Park concept and add a Phase II. This will be a series of granite boulders that will contain the 2000 names of all Windsor veterans. Enlisting the help of local architect Robert Haight the committees design does not change the recreational use of the park, but instead adds an important historical perspective.

Nowlan has been a resident of Windsor for six years, however is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He is academically trained at the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan and has done advanced studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He first came to the area when he was awarded the sculpting residency at Saint Gaudens National Historic site, in Cornish, NH. He works from studios in Windsor, Vt as well as Glenmore, Pennsylvania and zealously within professional circles as the cofounder of the American Sculpture Association. Artists are not new to the Nowlan familyhis grandfather,Philip Nowlan, was the creator of the famed comic strip Buck Rogers.

His impressive list of commissions underscores his artistic and visionary range and includes an 8-foot bronze of Jackie Gleason as the famous character, Ralph Kramden, which stands at the New York Port Authority and a National monument at the National Interagency Fire Center. His pending works include a crime victims memorial to be erected in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and several private commissions.

Additional information about Nowlan can be found at www.ljnsculpture.com. Images of the monument are available upon request. Interviews with the artist or members of the Veterans memorial committee will also be arranged upon request.









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