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Anitra Blayton (Outside Security)

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Standing Ovation, 2005

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DESCRIPTION: (16 feet x 4 feet) This sculpture located at the entrance to the South Ticket Hall consists of a multitude of life-size cast human hands shown in various stages of applauding.

“When do we give one another a standing ovation? When do we celebrate just being who we are or even celebrate the smallest accomplishments? My concept involves a salutation that will speak to anyone walking by. I propose a three-dimensional form composed of a dense multitude of pairs of life-sized hands posed while clapping.

"Each pair is cast from the hands of different individuals from persons of all ages and backgrounds. Applause is both an uplifting greeting and farewell in all languages.”

BIOGRAPHY: Born 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia. Received a BFA from Central Michigan University 1975, an MA from Wayne State University 1985 and an MFA from Texas Christian University 1995. In addition to being an artist, Blayton is an educator at the Northeast Campus of the Tarrant County College Department of Art History and previously taught at Texas Christian University. Blayton’s works are held in the collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the African American Museum of Life and Culture, Dallas; the A.H. Belo Foundation, Dallas; and Kaiser Permanente Hospitals in California and Texas. The artist currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

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