Wilbert Verhelst (1923–2012, American)
21 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 inches
Wilbert Verhelst was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1923. He was a museum curator, sculptor, painter and teacher and earned his BFA in 1950 and MFA in 1956 from the University of Denver. He served the Denver Art Museum as an assistant curator, associate curator and teacher from 1952 until 1957. He then became the director of the Sioux City Art Center for a year before returning to the Denver Art Museum as a curator from 1958 to 1960. In 1968, Verhelst joined Roger Kotoske and Beverly and Bernie Rosen to form the Denver Sculpture Symposium which created Burns Sculpture Park at Colorado Boulevard and Alameda Avenue in Denver. Verhelst eventually relocated to Texas where he helped create the Texas Sculpture Symposium in 1978 and established and taught at the sculpture department at Southern Methodist University. Verhelst received many sculptural commissions for public buildings in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana. He shared his knowledge in his own book Sculpture: Tools, Materials and Techniques, published by Prentice Hall in 1973, in addition to influencing young artists through his many years of teaching.
Not currently on view
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art