Eugene Daub (sculptor)

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Photo of Eugene Daub, scultor, circa 2005.

Eugene Daub (1942-?) is an award-winning American scultor known for statuary, busts in a classical style, and for medallic art and bas relief. He has created over forty major monuments in the U.S., including the statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. His works can be found in the British Museum, the Smithsonian, at various universities, at corporations, in some U.S. state capitals, and in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capital building in Washington, D.C.

Awards:

  • Henry Herring Art & Architecture Award 2019
  • Medal Collectors of America, Hepheastus medal 2018
  • National Sculpture Society Gold Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement 2017
  • Arthur Ross Award in 2002 for Fine Arts / Sculture from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA)[1]
  • FIDEM 1991 Delegate Medal
  • Saltus Medal Award 1991 from the American Numismatic Society in 1991[2].
  • American Numismatic Association, Gold Medal for Lifetime Acheivement 1991
  • Society of Medalists #121 Fire & Ice 1991
  • Brookgreen Gardens medal 1991
  • American Numismatic Society, Statue of Liberty Medal 1986

Other achievements:

  • New York Numismatic Club, 9 presidents Medals
  • Jewish American Hall of Fame, 10 medals
  • ‘Mankind Series’ British Museum
  • Philadelphia Freedom Medal
  • American Numismatic Society, Donald Patrick Medal
  • Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award
  • Kavili Award, given with 1,000,000 for Achievement in Science
  • Ronald Reagan Commemorative Medal, Farewell to Office
  • Garden Club of America, Photography Award Medal
  • Mark Twain Medal , Smithsonian Museum

Daub has studied at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, and Alfred University in New York. He taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) from 1987 to 1989. In addition to statuary work, Daub has been dominant as a medallic scultor. In 1982, he joined the American Medallic Sculpture Association (AMSA) as one of its pioneer members, and he is its president in 2021. Daub pushed American contemporary medallic art into the international contemporary movement by achieving recognition from the Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art (International Art Medal Federation, a.k.a. FIDEM).

In the United State, Daub has created many sculptures and bas relief for both private and public use. This article will highlight a few of them.

Some of his works

Claude Shannon bust

Eugene Daub described Claude Shannon as "the most famous person most people have never heard of" and admitted that he was quite fond of this particular work, which has turned out to be very popular. At least six versions of the life-sized bust of mathematician and information scientist Claude Shannon are on display at various institutions in the USA, including public parks, universities, and at corporate research headquarters. Locations include:

  1. Claude Shannon Park in Gaylord, MI (Shannon's birthplace); located on Main St, between Center Ave. and Court Ave.
  2. entrance to Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ
  3. AT&T Shannon Labs in New Jersey
  4. entrance to the electrical engineering building at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  5. MIT
  6. UCSD

Life-sized bust of Claude Shannon by Eugene Daub, located in Gaylord, MI.
Eugene Daub's sculpture of Claude Shannon at entrance of Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ.
 
     

Lewis & Clark sculture

In 2000, Daub's monument "Lewis & Clark and The Corps of Discovery" was unveiled in Kansas City by the American Bicentenniel Commission.

Lewis & Clark bas relief

The bas-relief "We Proceeded On" has hung centrally in the Montana senate chamber since 2005. The sculpture was co-sponsored by the Montana Historical Society and the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Daub was commissioned for the work after a nation-wide competition.

This bronze panel's size is 96" x 204". It depicts the 1805 Lewis & Clark expedition at the High Cliffs area east of Great Falls of the Columbia River, on what is today the border between the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington.. At the panel's center is Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who acted as interpreter for the expedition.

Lewis & Clark bas relief by Eugene Daub in Montana Senate chamber (over Speaker's podium), Helena, MT.
Eugene Daub standing in front of the original cast of "We Proceeded On".
   

Lewis & Clark medallion

Daub's numismatic (relating to or consisting of coins, paper currency, and medals) work notably includes the 75-mm Lewis & Clark commemorative medallion.

Front of 75mm silver commemorative medal for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial, sculted by Eugene Daub, 2005.
Front and back of 75mm silver commemorative medal for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial, sculted by Eugene Daub, 2005.
   

Rosa Parks statue in U. S. Capitol rotunda

Daub was the principle sculptor for the statue of Rosa Parks standing in the U.S. Capitol building rotunda; he collaborated with partner Rob Firmin on the concept and the pedestal for Rosa Parks.

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References

  1. Arthur Ross Awards, last access 4-5-2021
  2. Recipients of the Saltus Medal Award, last access 4/5/2021