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Artist: Thomas Jay Warren (

Date: 2004

Location: Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

Collection: Public Art

Artwork Type: Sculpture

Material: Bronze

Description: Thomas Jay Warren was born in Mississippi in 1958 and grew up in the Mississippi Delta. He studied sculpture as a Presidential Scholar at Mississippi College, graduating with Special Distinction in 1979. He went on to study figure sculpture with renowned sculptor Andrzej Pitynski at the Johnson Atelier in New Jersey, one of the world's largest sculpture foundries. Two years after starting his apprenticeship he was appointed head of the Modeling/Enlarging Department of this prestigious institute. For ten years he taught an international group of sculptors and apprentices techniques for modeling and enlarging the portrait and the human figure. Today Jay Warren works exclusively by commission creating portraits, monuments and memorials both public and private.