Museum brings notable sculptor's exhibition to Elkhart

“The Tuck Langland Collection: A Biography in Sculpture.” The exhibition will continue through July 28 at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart. 

ELKHART — The trustees and staff of the Midwest Museum of American Art have unveiled their newest exhibition, “The Tuck Langland Collection: A Biography in Sculpture.” The exhibition will continue through July 28.

This exhibition is a survey of the 60-year career of an important Michiana figurative sculptor.

Tuck Langland, best known for his former role as professor of sculpture at nearby Indiana University South Bend, won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious Lundquist Fellowship, and upon retirement was elected professor emeritus. His successful career in teaching developed alongside his sculpture career. Langland was elected into the National Academy of Art and achieved the rank of Fellow in the National Sculpture Society where he is currently a board member and chairs the editorial board of its magazine, Sculpture Review.

The “Tuck Langland Collection: A Biography in Sculpture” represents significant milestones in Langland’s career. Illustrated with examples of sculpture produced during each period, the exhibition curated by art museum director Brian Byrn over a nine-year period features 57 sculptures, five drawings, two paintings of the artist and his wife by the late Harold Zisla, and other ephemera.

The Midwest Museum of American Art will preserve the sculptor’s legacy in perpetuity.

The exhibition of the collection begins with Langland’s earliest work produced while pursuing his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition goes on to chronicle his early teaching career in England and Murray State College in Kentucky where he met Tony Droege.

Eventually making his way to South Bend, Langland’s time at IUSB was a significant turning point in his career. This period was underscored by a brief sojourn he took to India in the early 1980s. As a result of this trip, a large-scale figurative work titled, “Venus Natarani,” which is on view in the exhibition, was created.

Since that time, Langland has continued to pursue the creation of even larger works becoming nationally known with his sculptures. His sculptures are exhibited in seven states throughout the country and held in numerous public and private collections both nationally and internationally.

A catalog of “The Tuck Langland Collection: A Biography in Sculpture” has been published by the Midwest Museum of American Art and is available for $25.

The Midwest Museum of American Art is open 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for students (8 years to college age with ID); $8 for seniors (64 and older); or $25 for a family.

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