PHOTOS: Jesús Moroles, American sculptor

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Jesús Bautista Moroles was a monumental stone carver. His sculptures are in thousands of private and public collections throughout the world. In 2008 President George W. Bush awarded Moroles the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In a February 2021 Larry Barker investigation, Larry reports on one of Moroles’s pieces, “Dakota Wall Relief,” hidden, literally, within a wall at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 



Jesús Moroles 2003 Dakota Wall Relief - photo provided by National Hispanic Cultural Center
Jesús Moroles 2003 Dakota Wall Relief – photo provided by National Hispanic Cultural Center
Original National Hispanic Cultural Center object label for “Dakota Wall Relief”
Jesús Moroles “Lapstrake” 1987 in CBS Plaza across from the Museum of Modern Art. Photo by the author for Hyperallergic
Jesús Moroles “Lapstrake” 1987 in CBS Plaza across from the Museum of Modern Art. Photo by the author for Hyperallergic
Jesús Moroles 1996. Granite Weaving -Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jesús Moroles 1996. Granite Weaving -Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jesús Moroles Latino Cultural Center - Granite Weaving 2001
Jesús Moroles Latino Cultural Center – Granite Weaving 2001
Jesús Moroles Lapstrake Gateway - Texas Tech
Jesús Moroles Lapstrake Gateway – Texas Tech
Jesús Moroles Square Spiral Arch - campus of Texas Tech
Jesús Moroles Square Spiral Arch – campus of Texas Tech
Jesús Moroles Police Officers Memorial - Houston, TX
Jesús Moroles Police Officers Memorial – Houston, TX
Jesús Moroles at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens Exhibition 2007. Photo by Ricardo Romo
Jesús Moroles at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens Exhibition 2007. Photo by Ricardo Romo


Courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown Santa Fe, NM. Photo by Eric Martinez.
Jesús Moroles Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art -Courtyard
Jesús Moroles Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art -Courtyard
Jesús Moroles Floating Mesa - Albuquerque Museum
Jesús Moroles Floating Mesa – Albuquerque Museum
Jesús Moroles, Recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2008, presented by President Bush
Jesús Moroles, Recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2008, presented by President Bush

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