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Sculptor’s family gives blessing to Belmont museum in his memory


The wife and sons of Frederick Hart — who created the well-known Three Soldiers sculpture at Vietnam Veterans memorial — called Belmont’s museum ‘wonderful’

Lindy Hart, 73, beamed while standing next to her late husband’s sculpture of a nude woman in Belmont University’s library, a sculpture for which she was the model.

Hart and her sons, Lain, 39, and Xander, 36, came Friday to visit Frederick Hart Studio Museum for the first time since Belmont opened the museum in March.

At the family’s recommendation, museum curators re-created the workshop for Hart, a sculptor who died in 1999 and whose most well-known piece is the Three Soldiers statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

And Frederick “Rick” Hart’s relatives loved what they saw.

“They did a wonderful job,” Lindy Hart said of the 1,500-square-foot museum with more than 300 pieces.

The sculptor’s widow particularly was thrilled that the museum is next to Belmont’s Gallery of Iconic Guitars in the Lila D. Bunch Library.

“Rick wanted his art to be accessible,” she said. “His work and [the guitar exhibit] are expressing in completely different ways but there’s this wonderful bridge of cultures.”

Hart’s sons said they thought curators did an excellent job replicating their father’s work space, a place where they spent a lot of time as kids.

“I was thrilled because a big part of my childhood was the smell of clay. It’s a very specific thing in my memory,” Xander Hart said, smiling.

“It’s great seeing all these things that aren’t polished or finished works, but we grew up seeing every day.”

Belmont is the home of Virginia sculptor’s museum, in part, because university board member Barbara Massey Rogers, venture capitalist Jack C. Massey’s daughter, is an art collector who has several of Hart’s pieces.

The museum is free for Belmont staff and students, $5 for the public. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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