Renowned granite sculptor, Jesús Moroles, died on Monday.
"The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is deeply saddened by the death of Jesús Moroles. We extend our thoughts and sympathy to the Moroles family and friends during this difficult time," Kelly Arnold, Communications and Marketing Director of USAO, said.
Moroles died in a vehicle crash in Texas, according to a report from the Rockport Pilot.
"Moroles, a world-renowned granite sculptor, came to USAO this May as the university’s artist in residence. He was the primary designer of the Coming Together Park. He worked with USAO students during an independent study class teaching granite design and installation techniques. At the time of his death, Moroles was conducting an internship program with select USAO students," Arnold said.
Moroles, a Texas native, earned his BFA from North Texas State University. He was awarded the 2008 National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush. Moroles serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Smithsonian Institution’s National American Art Museum and served for many years on the Board of Directors for the International Sculpture Center in Washington, D.C., according to a release from the USAO News Bureau.