Artist donates two-piece sculpture to Northwestern English department

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Artist donates two-piece sculpture to Northwestern English department

 Bust of Mark Twain

Pictured is a two-piece sculpture, the bust of Mark Twain set on the base/book, on display at the Graceful Arts Center and available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Northwestern English Department.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s English department recently received a two-piece sculpture donated by Sheldon and Nancy Russell that is to be sold to raise funds toward an endowed lectureship for the Visiting Writer’s Series.

The sculpture, created by Nancy Russell, is a bust of Mark Twain and is on display at the Graceful Arts Center. It is valued at $800, which will be donated to the Northwestern English department. If a buyer wishes to make the purchase as a tax deduction, please write a check for more than the valued amount to the Northwester Foundation/English Department Visiting Writers Series. The amount over $800 is deductible to the buyer as a donation.

Sheldon graduated from Northwestern in 1968 with a degree in English and is the author of several novels inspired by northwest Oklahoma, including The Yard Dog. In 2006 his Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush won the Oklahoma book Award in Fiction and was selected as an official Oklahoma Centennial Project.

Nancy is known for her artistic talents in several mediums. She is best known in Alva for the bronze of Dale Brown at the Runnymede.

Both artists have pieces displayed and for purchase at the Graceful Arts Center.

For more information on the sculpture or Northwestern’s English department, please contact Kathy Earnest, instructor of English, at or (580) 327-8472.