Sculptor Wielding His Scalpel in Academia

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Sculptor Richard MacDonald in class.
Sculptor Richard MacDonald in class.

Richard MacDonald will serve as advisory chair of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s fine art sculpture division, President Jonathan Burke announced.

“We are excited that an artist and professional of Richard’s caliber will guide us in refining our curriculum to give students a full and complete mastery of technical skill that challenges and inspire them to artistic excellence,” he said.

MacDonald, whose work is exhibited at Laguna Beach’s Dawson Cole Gallery, recently completed a semester-long master class in figurative sculpture at the college with 15 students. His sculpture “Nureyev Heroic,” on loan to LCAD, stands on the main campus.

His aim to is make the college’s figurative art and sculptural program the best in the nation. LCAD is one of a handful of colleges that offer an emphasis in figurative sculpture.

MacDonald’s work is broadly collected and has won significant public commissions. Among his sculptures are “The Flair,” a 26’ gymnast caught in a maneuver and “Momentum,” a 15’ sculpture celebrating the U.S. Open golf championship.


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