Willard Boepple, Rio, 1984 and Magnus, 2022

Steel 100″ x 72″ x 59″ and Painted Wood 120″ x 48″ x 48″

Artist Statement:
I am an abstract sculptor and I want my work to speak directly without narrative or message other than that which is created by the sculpture’s own form and presence in space. I hope for my sculpture to work via the relations between its parts, like music. Abstract sculpture’s privilege is to be driven purely by the visual experience of it and by that to reach through the eye into the mind and, when it is good, straight into the heart.

Curator’s Note: Boepple’s Rio was the first sculpture installed on the lawn in front of Joe McGovern’s masonry shop, now the Vermont Arts Exchange, next to the North Bennington post office, in the mid-1990s. This was the spark that ignited the idea for the North Bennington Sculpture Park, as it was originally known. Anthony Caifritz, seeing Boepple’s work in the center of the village, was inspired to curate the first NBOSS in 1998, inviting a small group of artists to share their work with the community.

Artist Bio:
Born in Bennington and educated at UC Berkeley, RISD and CCNY, Willard has shown regularly in New York since the early seventies where he is represented by Pamela Salisbury Gallery. He is represented in the UK by Broadbent Gallery, London. He has taught at Bennington College and the Boston Museum School and traveled extensively in Africa and the Caribbean as a U.S. State Dept Visiting Cultural Specialist. He served as Chairman of the Triangle Artists’ Workshop for 20 years and serves on the board of the Vermont Studio Center and the National Academy. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Storm King Art Center and The Fitz-William Museum, Cambridge, Goodwood and Yorkshire Sculpture Parks in England among many collections both public and private. He lives and works in North Bennington and New York and makes prints in the UK with Kip Gresham.