Figures and fragments of Ex Nihilo lead to Hart’s desk. The books and tapes on his desk were placed by his wife, Lindy Lain Hart, and their two sons, Lain and Xander Hart. Just to the right is the plaster model of Peter that Hart completed for the National Cathedral.
Plaster figures and fragments of Ex Nihilo are placed throughout the studio, as well as the plaster model of Adam (completed for the National Cathedral).
Figure #6 (Ex Nihilo) and the male and female figures of Celebration can be seen, as well as Hart’s internationally-renowned acrylic sculptures.
Hart’s plaster model of Ex Nihilo is dramatically displayed on the wall. An early version of the work, as well as the Creation of Day and the Creation of Night are also on display.
Here, Hart’s ground-breaking acrylic works are on display. These feature notations in his handwriting. Gerontion (left) and Light Whispers (far right) are popular works. We also display the plaster models for these pieces, allowing guests to see the work from its early stages to the final piece.
Many of Hart’s most well-known works were completed for the National Cathedral. Here, a figure taken from Ex Nihilo (foreground), as well as the statues of Peter, Paul, and Adam (along wall) are on display. In addition, the Daughters of Odessa: Martyrs of Modernism (center right) is also on display. The Daughters of Odessa is based on a work that Hart presented to Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1998.
Figures and fragments from Ex Nihilo surround Hart’s tables and desk. Guests can wander through the gallery, listening to Hart’s favorite music, while experiencing his art up close. Above the desk, he kept a photograph of himself and his mentor, Roger Morigi.
An interior shot of the Frederick Hart Studio Gallery. This museum is a recreation of Hart’s studio, based on photographs and his family. Belmont University is the sole repository for any pieces not commercially available. These include process pieces, molds, and clay and plaster pieces.
Hart’s plaster model for the bronze statue of President James “Jimmy” Carter (foreground).
Christ Rising, bronze, 1998.
Close-up of the Daughters of Odessa, with Peter and Paul in the background.
Frederick Hart’s home studio in Hume, Virginia is brought back to life in the Lila D. Bunch Library. Here, you can see his plaster and clay works, displayed on his tables and chairs. His tools lay on the table behind The Source.