artwork Peter Fagan Sculpture


Biographical Information

Born: New York, N.Y, August 2, 1939


Educational Background

University of Oregon, M.F.A., 1963

Syracuse University, B.F.A., Cum Laude, 1961


Academic Position

Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Selected Exhibitions, Commissions, Grants and Collections, 1967-2002


Invitational two year exhibition, Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park, Skokie, Illinois. November 2000-02. "Equation", bronze & stainless steel, 10' 6".


Juried/invitational Exhibition, "Pier Walk 2000", Navy pier, Chicago, Illinois May 6 - Oct 28. "Equation", bronze & stainless steel, 10' 6", Completed, Spring 2000.


Invitational semi permanent installation, Wandell Sculpture Garden, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana IL. "Marker", 10', bronze & stainless steel.


Juried/invitational Exhibition, "Pier Walk 98", Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, May 6 through October 18. "Marker", 10', bronze and stainless steel.


The production of "Marker" was funded by a grant from the UIUC Campus Research Board. An Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, the additional honor was given with this comment: "The board selects projects of special distinction, special promise, or special resource value to be named Arnold O. Beckman Awards."


Juried/invitational Exhibition, "Pier Walk 97", Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, May 7 through October 20, 1997 "Portrait", 7', bronze and stainless steel.


Invitational group exhibition; Chetwynd Stapylton Gallery, Portland, Oregon, September 30 through November 17. Two Works Exhibited: "Anne, seated , looking to the left" and "Anne Reclining", bronze, 2/5 life size.


Commission, bronze relief sculpture "Portrait of William Wallace Grainger". 38" diameter, Grainger Library Building, UIUC campus


Commissioned by the Capital Development Board, Art in Architecture Program, State of Illinois to create a new piece of sculpture for the new Chemistry and Life Sciences Lab, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign."Raptor 6" or "It's Unlikely", a unique cast and fabricated bronze sculpture 62" high by 72" wide by 56 ", deep took three years to complete and was installed at the on September 28, 1997.


Commissioned (in 1991) by Northern Illinois University to create a 30% over life size "Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." for the "King Commons" area of the NIU-DeKalb campus. Completed and installed December 15, 1992. Dedicated on September17, 1993.


Installation of "The Illinois Workers Memorial" on the northeast corner of the Illinois State Capitol Grounds, April 24, followed by the dedication ceremonies April 28 (see below).

The installation of "Raptor 5" at North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, in August was followed by a dedication ceremony in October 1992 (see below).


Commissioned by Beckman Instruments, Fullerton, California, to produce a 50% over-life-size "Portrait Bust of Arnold O. Beckman". This bust of their founder was completed by and delivered on March 1, 1991.


Commissioned by the Illinois Federation of Labor and the Chicago Federation of labor to create "The Illinois Workers Memorial". Work on the 11' high by 10' 10 1/2" long by 6' wide bronze and granite monument which includes three 50% over life size figures was completed early in April, 1992 (see above).


Commissioned by the California Institute of Technology to create a "Portrait of Dr. and Mrs. Arnold O. Beckman" for the entry lobby of the new Beckman Institute at Cal Tech, Pasadena. Commissioned in May, 1989, the sculpture was completed, cast, delivered and installed in time for the October 26,1989 dedication of the building.


Commissioned (in 1987) by the University of Illinois to create a life size bronze "Portrait of Arnold O. Beckman" for the south entrance rotunda of the Beckman Institute of Science and Technology on the UIUC campus. The life size full figure sculpture was dedicated October 8, 1988 at the annual meeting of the University of Illinois Foundation and installed in December 1988.

Design and execution of a "Portrait of William L. Everett" as well as supervision of three bronze plaques opposite the south entrance of the Everett Lab, UIUC. Redication, April 11, 1989. Donated by the artist.


Commissioned by the Capital Development Board, Art in Architecture Program, State of Illinois to create a unique new piece of sculpture for the State of Illinois Building, Chicago. "Raptor 4", bronze, 84" high including base was completed in February, 1989 and installed on August 11 of that year.


Commissioned by St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Champaign, Illinoisto produce a unique "Crucifix" to be mounted on the 24' high curved east wall. The cast bronze and laminated maple sculpture was installed April 13, 1987.


Exhibition: Design Proposals for Major Works, The Illinois Art-in-Architecture (% for the Arts) Program. February 23 through March 30, Illinois State Museum, Springfield. "Maquette for Raptor 3" exhibited.


Installation of "Raptor 3", a work commissioned by the Illinois Art-in-Architecture Program, in the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, south campus, UIUC. The dedication took place July 11, 1984.

1982-1983 Commissioned by Holy Cross Church, Champaign, Illinois, to produce a unique "Crucifix" as part of the total interior renovation of the church. The 7 1/2' high cast and polished bronze sculpture was installed November 4 and dedicated along with the rest of the renovation on November 27, 1983.
1980 Commissioned by the School City of East Chicago and C.F. Murphy and Associates to produce a life size bronze portrait "Bust of Emilio de la Garza Jr.", Posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor winner, for the Emilio de la Garza Career Center, East Chicago, Indiana. The sculpture was completed and delivered in December, 1981.
1979-1981 Commissioned by the State of Illinois to create a life size bronze figure of the late Mayor of Chicago. The "Portrait of Richard J. Daley" was commissioned for the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda, Springfield. The result of an invitational competition, the commission was completed in 1980 and was dedicated and installed on June 23, 1981.
1979 Illinois State Museum, Main Art Gallery, Springfield, Illinois. One person exhibition of 40 works in Bronze, Epoxy Resin and other materials. April 22 through May 27.
1978-1979 Invitational Exhibition: "Illinois traveling Sculpture II" A selection of 68 works by 27 Illinois sculptors which toured Illinois for one year. Four of my sculptures were exhibited at 12 different locations: "Raptor", "Raptor 2", "Predator 9", and "Predator 10".
1977 Regional Juried Exhibition "3-D 77", Purchase Award, "Predator 7", Union League Three-Dimensional Art Exhibition, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
1976 National Juried Exhibition, "22nd Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show", Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. One work exhibited, "Short Red Post", Bronze and Wood.
1975 National Juried Exhibition, "Mainstreams '75", Grover M. Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. One work exhibited, "Predator 8", Bronze. The 128 artists represented were from 30 states.
1974 Regional Juried Exhibition, "25th Annual Exhibition", Quincy Art Club, Quincy, Illinois. One work exhibited: "Predator 6", bronze and wood. Best in Show Award and Lois W. Irwin Award.
1973 National Juried Exhibition, "148th Annual Exhibit", National academy of Design, New York City. One work exhibited, "Predator 3", Bronze.
1972 Invitational Exhibition, "Plastics in Sculpture", Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; three works exhibited: "Trap series 23", "Predator 2e", and "Predator 5". All works in epoxy resin.
1971 Purchase Award/First Award, National Juried Exhibition, Mainstreams '71, Grover M. Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta. Ohio, "Predator 2", Bronze.
1970 Best in Show, "21st Annual Exhibition" Quincy art Club, Quincy, Illinois; one work exhibited: "Trap Series 12", epoxy resin.
1969 Invitational Exhibition, "Third Annual Blossom-Kent Invitational Sculpture Exhibition" , Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; June 14 through August 31, four works exhibited.
1968 Two Honorable Mentions in Regional Juried Exhibitions; one in the "21st Annual Exhibition", Evansville museum of Arts and Sciences, Evansville, Indiana, for "Trap Series 8", and one in the "17th Annual Area Shoe", Lakeview center for the arts, Peoria, Illinois for "Trap series 2".
1967 Moved to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, from Iowa City, Iowa.