Classics congratulates alumnus Tom Tsuchiya (Class Civ ’95) who won the 2016 Arts & Sciences Distinguish Alumni award. Tom is a sculptor with roots in the humanistic traditions of ancient Greece and Rome. In Cincinnati he is famous for his portraits of Cincinnati Reds baseball players in front of Great American Ballpark. In these bronze sculptures, he captures the personality and character of his subjects, often spending time getting to know them before starting a design. He is now the official sculptor of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, responsible for the plaques with relief portraits dedicated to honor inductees. In every case his aim is to reflect the character and achievements of his subjects, their ethos and pathos, concepts he learned here, in the Blegen Library.
Tom also runs an environmentally responsible studio and gives back to the community. His “Atlas Recycled” sculpture emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship for the future of our planet. Like Atlas, we hold the Earth in our hands. Young apprentices from Boys Hope/Girls Hope often help out in his studio, and gleaming metallic commission doubles as a receptacle for donated canned goods.
“Atlas Recycled” will soon be installed in the lobby of Blegen Library. Stay tuned for updates and an opening celebration.