Long before the show begins, the tone is set for our visitors when they enter The Smith Center and experience the fine art and architecture of our Grand Lobby.
Genius In Flight
Artist – Benjamin Victor
Inspiration for this Benjamin Victor piece stems from The Smith Center campus’ overall design inspiration, the Hoover Dam. This commissioned piece draws from the dam’s well- loved Winged Figures of the Republic sculptures. This sculpture is placed at the center of the grand lobby located within Reynolds Hall.
Benjamin Victor has the ability to create spectacular works of figurative sculpture. Victor joined the ranks of Michelangelo, Bernini and Daniel Chester French by receiving his first large commission at only 23 years old. At age 26, he became the youngest artist ever to have a sculpture in our nation’s foremost collection of figurative sculpture, the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capital. That bronze sculpture, which propelled his career, is the celebrated statue of Sarah Winnemucca.