Larry R. Rankin


Rankin's sculpture at Swope
Tribune Star
October 25, 1992

Terre Haute native Larry Rankin's sculpture is on display through Nov. 8 at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum.

Rankin is a figurative sculptor, creating abstracted human groups out of cast bronze, welded metal, carved wood and stone.

Rankin spent his boyhood years in Terre Haute and graduated from Wiley High School. After serving with the Army in Vietnam, he entered Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff. Faculty there described his bachelor of fine arts exhibit as "the finest in the university's history."

Rankin has made a tremendous impact on the art scene in California. He has been listed twice recently among "Upcoming Artists in Santa Barbara."

His sculptures range from 6 inches to 7 1/2 feet. They have been exhibited widely in galleries and museums from San Francisco to Maryland and have met with critical acclaim.

One of his works, "Brotherhood," a four-ton sandstone sculpture that he co-created with a Mexican sculptor, is on permanent exhibit at Guadalajara's Jalisco State Cultural Fine Arts Center.

Rankin's work has been noted in Art/Live Magazine for August 1981, The 1988 California Art review and the January-February and March-April issues of Sculpture International Magazine for 1992.

At the Swope, Rankin has more than 25 sculptures of stone, wood and bronze on display as a major exhibit.

While some artists say Don't Touch, Rankin wants people to touch and caress his wood and stone sculptures.

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"Rankin's impulse to express himself through his art yields works as varied as they are emotionally evocative. Visiting his studio is like peeking into secret relationships, foreign lands, and imaginary spaces, and there are surprises around every corner." -Heather Jeno
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