Howdle to be honored with Arts and Letters Award

October 7, 2003
This sculpture was created by Bruce Howdle for The National Jockey Club. The sculpture can be viewed at Sportsman's Park in Cicero, Ill.

In a studio in downtown Mineral Point, clay sculptures come to life, by the hands and talents of Bruce Howdle. Howdle will be honored for his accomplishments as a distinguished alumni of UW-Platteville with the Arts and Letters Award.

Howdle graduated from UW-Platteville in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree in general art and a minor in education. He then acquired a master's degree in ceramics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. In 1976 Howdle received a master of fine arts degree at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Howdle is a ceramics lecturer at the arts department at UW-Madison and is currently participating in a Slane Scholar Residency Professorship at the department of art at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

"One great thing about students is that they ask for validity. It helps keep you in touch. Students have energy and insight, it helps to keep you fresh with the times," said Howdle.

Howdle has exhibited his work in New York, Arizona, Minnesota, Finland, Sweden, and New Zealand just to name a few.

"Each mural is a new research project. I sculpt because of the challenge it presents. I am in love with the process, not the outcome," said Howdle.

To be considered for the Arts and Letters Award, the nominee must be an accomplished artist, author, or poet in the fine arts or humanities. Nominations for the awards are solicited by UWP faculty. A committee consisting of three faculty, one emeritus faculty member, and one education and liberal studies alumni board member makes a recommendation to the dean. The dean of LAE then must approve the recommendations of the committee.

Howdle will be honored with the Arts and Letters Award homecoming week, on Friday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallary located in Ullsvik Center.

"I am an aggressive person in this media. To be noticed is an honor," said Howdle.


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