A male figure stands tall, facing forward. The man wears a long-sleeved robe that falls to his ankles. His feet and hands are bare. His hands slightly cover what appears to be a cross. His build is strong with feet and hands disproportionately wide. His shoulders are slightly rounded. His face is serene, with lips stretched wide, suggesting a slight smile. The hair on his head falls to the length of his ears. The entire sculpture is covered in a glossy finish that reflects light.
Peter Lupori ( 1918- ), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, began his teaching career at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in 1950-51 as assistant professor of art. He soon became associate professor and finally professor and artist-in-residence, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. He not only taught at St. Kate’s but also, the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, and even Schumann Elementary School in Long Lake Minnesota. All throughout his professional career as an educator, Lupori participated in annual exhibitions while receiving endless commissions. In April 1993 St. Catherine University hosted a retrospective exhibition of Lupori’s work at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. A catalogue, Peter Lupori Retrospective, accompanied the exhibition. Soon after a Peter Lupori scholarship was established in his name to help support outstanding Studio Art majors at St. Catherine University. Since the mid-1950’s, graduating students from St. Catherine University have received a contemporary medal of St. Catherine of Alexandria, designed by Lupori. In 1995 Lupori began designing brass ornaments as well as charms and pins for the St. Kate’s alumnae association. Also, since his retirement, he has completed a few large commissions, including a seven-foot bronze sculpture, Our Lady, installed in front of Our Lady of Victory Chapel on St. Catherine University campus. He is married to Catherine Pribyl Lupori; they have, two children, John & Maria.
20 1/2 x 5x 3 inches
Lupori, Peter, “St. Joseph,” Digital Collections From St Kate's, accessed December 2, 2023, https://omeka.reclaim.stkate.edu/items/show/3566.
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