Wabash Valley sculptor and artist Bill Wolfe discussed his work and career with the Riverton Parke High School Humanities class on April 1 at the school, and plans to return on Wednesday to speak at the annual Academic Excellence Banquet, scheduled for 6 pm.
Wolfe, a Vermillion County native who now lives near West Terre Haute, is an accomplished artist in all mediums of two and three-dimensional art with works located throughout the United States; he now focuses his efforts on life-sized bronze monuments.
Wolfe has become a successful sculptor and artist as documented in numerous television appearances and newspaper articles, and is currently working on a sculpture of poet Max Ehrmann for downtown Terre Haute. Recent projects include the restoration of the murals of Depression-era artist Gilbert Wilson at the refurbished Bayh School of Education at Indiana State University, and a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, now in place in Marshall, Ill. Another upcoming project will have him painting a large four-panel mural in the Vigo County Courthouse.
Wolfe spoke for nearly 70 minutes to Mike Lunsford’s senior honors humanities students; Janice Cole’s painting students also joined in the discussion. The sculptor emphasized having a “passion” for his work, and that he was fortunate to have known at a very early age what he wanted to do with his life.
The artist has spent considerable time in rural Parke County. Prior to moving to Vermillion County, he lived near Mecca and regularly visited his grandfather’s farm near Coxville. “My first experience handling clay was what came from the banks of Raccoon Creek,” he told the students.