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Free Sculpture Workshops to be held at Mount Rushmore National Memorial

6/2/2008
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In addition to a full spectrum of ranger-led programs this summer,

Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be hosting free week-long sculpture

workshops on the Borglum View Terrace. Returning Sculptor in Residence Kim

Henkel will be leading the sessions along with her assistant Ray Eide.

Henkel, visiting from New Mexico, has been a professional sculptor since

1991 and is returning to Mount Rushmore for her second summer at the park.

The workshops will be offered as follows:

June 2-6 Stone Carving

July 7-11 Stone Carving

July 21-25 Clay Portraiture

August 4-8 Stone Carving

August 18-22 Clay Portraiture

September 8-12 Stone Carving

During the week-long sessions, the workshops will run from 9:00 a.m.

to 3:30 p.m. each day, and are open to people 13 years of age and older.

Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Families are

encouraged to participate together. Participants must register in advance.

Participants are asked to come prepared to work outside and are

encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, rain jacket and water with them. All

tools and supplies will be provided. Participants are responsible for

providing their own lunch and transportation to and from Mount Rushmore.

There is a $10 parking fee that participants are responsible for as well.

The parking pass is good until the end of the calendar year.

Sculptor Kim Henkel has a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from

Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and is an expert in the bronze

foundry processes. She has been an instructor of Sculpture at Arizona State

University, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and Western

New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico. Henkel has exhibited her

sculptures professionally in more than forty art galleries and museums

nationally and is working with the Apex gallery at the South Dakota School

of Mines and Technology on an exhibit opening this August.

When asked about returning to Mount Rushmore, Henkel stated, "What an

honor and privilege it is to be this summer's sculptor in residence at the

amazing memorial and to work for the National Park Service. The beauty and

history of the Black Hills are an inspiration!" Henkel shares her

knowledge of stone carving and portraiture with workshop participants as

they develop the same artistic skills used by artist Gutzon Borglum on the

mountain carving.

For more information and a workshop registration form, please visit

the Mount Rushmore website at www.nps.gov/moru, email Kim Henkel at

kimberly_henkel@nps.gov, or call (605) 574-3178.

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