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[IAC] Artist Selected to Create Historic Busts for State House
Start Date: 1/3/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/3/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Artist Selected to Create Busts for the State House


(Indianapolis) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB), and Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) jointly announced today that sculptor Jon Hair has been selected to create bronze busts of two African-American legislators as part of the Indiana State House permanent historic sculpture collection.


The busts will portray James Sidney Hinton (1834-1892), the first African-American elected to the Indiana General Assembly, and Julia Carson (1938 – 2007) who had a long career of public service, culminating in her tenure as a U.S. Congresswoman for Indiana from 1997 to 2007.


“I very much admire these two individuals who accomplished so much,” said Hair upon accepting the commission. “It is an honor for me to capture their likeness, which I hope will inspire people to make their own contributions to Indiana history.


Among his body of work, Hair has fulfilled commissions for several of the historically black colleges and universities, including Livingston College, North Carolina A&T State University, and Fayetteville State University. He also has created life sized bronzes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. Hair has completed many other major public art commissions since he began his career as a sculptor in 2000, including “The Boilermaker” at Purdue University and the “Olympic Strength” monument at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.


Jon Hair Studio of Fine Art is located in Cornelius, N.C. Hair’s website ( documents his extensive body of work.


The Indiana General Assembly directed a black history display in the Indiana State House. The Indiana Department of Administration and its partners, with the concurrence of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, determined that this public legacy project should be created and installed in the Indiana State House.


The Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Historical Bureau, and the IDOA coordinated the artist selection process.


Hair was selected from 19 artists who competed for the commission.


For more information about the project, please visit The Indiana Historical Bureau website:


For a description of the project, please visit the Indiana Arts Commission website:


The Indiana Arts Commission is committed to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.






Contact Information:
Name: Rex A. Van Zant
Phone: 317-232-1273
Entry Type:
Press Release
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  • Agency Name
    Arts Commission, Indiana

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