1976 Liberty Hill International Sculpture Symposium

As the American people overcame the duplicity of Watergate followed by the resignation of Nixon, countries the world over conducted nuclear tests and families welcomed home the Vietnam Veterans who found assimilation difficult, many Americans felt separate.

C.R. Ward

A Liberty Hill local artist, Mel Fowler, a painter and sculptor returned from a European International Sculpture Symposium in 1975. Inspired, he endeavored to organize the first symposium of its kind in the southwest. Fowler considered Austin, Texas, but an other local of Liberty Hill, James Vaughan, convinced him to hold the symposium in Liberty Hill.  The International Sculpture Symposium took place in the fall of 1976 in celebration of the United States Bicentennial.  The small town hosted 25 sculptors from six different countries.

Many of the artists resided with local families who provided room and board for the two months that the artists created.  Local organizations provided meals and local businesses supplied the materials for the sculptures. Concrete, steel, native granite and native limestone where the primary mediums used.   Without state or federal capital, the Liberty Hill community  welcomed people of different cultures and countries into their  homes and hearts.  At a time when people felt separate, the Liberty Hill community became a part of something lasting.

These time-worn monuments to an artistic endeavor stand today in Liberty Hill, Texas, on the campus of Liberty Hill Intermediate School.

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  • We would like permission to use photos from this website as well as photos taken at the Sculpture Garden on our website about our community in Liberty Hill. Who can grant that permission?

    Thank you,

    Vaike O’Grady
    Marketing Director, Newland Communities

  • Hi, I have forward your email to the president of the board this morning when I saw your message. I still have not received a response but he should email me tomorrow. Thanks for your interest.

  • Hi, Sorry it had to be approved by the board that owns them. They said it was fine with them if you would like to use the pictures.

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