Ed Hamilton, sculptor
The work of Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton includes several tributes to both local and national African-American heroes. His body of work includes Spirit of Freedom, a memorial to African-American soldiers of the Civil War in Washington, DC; a statue of Booker T. Washington in the Memorial Garden in Hampton, VA; and the Joe Louis Memorial in Detroit. Closer to home, he created a tribute to Kentucky Urban League pioneer Whitney M. Young Jr. and is the artist behind the statue of York, the slave of William Clark who was a vital part of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which stands on Louisville’s downtown riverfront.
A protege of another Louisville sculptor, the late Barney Bright, Hamilton is continuing that legacy by remaining active as a teacher and mentor in his hometown. He teaches workshops; lectures at public schools, colleges, and conferences; and frequently opens his studio for tours. His autobiography, The Birth of an Artist: A Journey of Discovery, was published in January 2006.
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Renee speaks with Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton about his career and a project to create a bust of Abraham Lincoln for Louisville’s Waterfront Park in honor of the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth.