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: Ardmoreite.comRenowned sculptor, city native dies 10/17/03
Internationally known sculptor and Ardmore native Lena Beth Murphy Frazier died Wednesday at her Norman residence following a lengthy illness. Frazier
, the daughter of Hardy and Elizabeth Murphy, was 59.
...Having been awarded the Lew Wentz Art Scholarship, Frazier attended the University of Oklahoma.
In a recent interview with "Edmond Monthly" magazine, she
said it was during her
freshman year at OU that she
discovered sculpting.It was the art form that became her
life's work and earned her her
world-wide reputation. After graduating from OU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Frazier continued her art studies in graduate school for two years.She
then taught art in secondary schools for six years before participating in the Artist-in-Residence program with the Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Council
, who sculpted primarily in bronze, described her
artistic endeavors as "pure joy."Known for her
ability to capture the essences of her
gained a reputation that brought her
more than 200 commissions for bronze busts.Her
work has been displayed in numerous individual and group exhibitions.
Frazier's sculptures are part of a number of notable public and private collections.Her
work includes a bust of her
famous rodeoman father, Hardy Murphy, which is displayed at Hardy Murphy Coliseum.In addition, Frazier
created the life-size statue of Sylvan N. Goldman, which is in the permanent collection of the State of Oklahoma at the Kirkpatrick Center
in Oklahoma City, the "Children's Memorial" life-sized sculpture displayed in the garden of the Oklahoma governor's mansion in Oklahoma City and a bust of Adm.
In addition, Frazier
was commissioned to create sculptures for the recipients of the Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Council's Governor's
The recipient of a numerous of awards and honors, Frazier
also dedicated herself to promoting the arts throughout the state and enhancing the careers of other Oklahoma artists.She founded and served as president of the Oklahoma Sculpture Society and held board posts on the State Arts Council, The Friends of the Oklahoma Museum of Nature History and Aerospace Science and Technology Education Center in Oklahoma City.
As well as creating an impressive number of sculptures, Frazier
life passing on her
appreciation for art and her
zest for living.She
taught, both publicly and privately, for more than two decades, conducting workshops and giving private lessons at her
Norman studio.And her
annual booth at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts was a meeting place for friends and collectors alike. Frazier
parents with instilling her
with the confidence that resulted in a lifetime of renown and treasured works of art.She
told "Edmond Monthly
" that her
father encouraged her
to be whatever she
desired but to do her
always told me I could be a ditch digger, just be the best ditch digger ever," Frazier
told the magazine. She
mother, creative and talented in her
own right, also inspired her
to follow her
was also quoted as saying she
work reflected her
philosophy on life.
"What's most important in the end is that we know all we have is given and only relationships are important.I hope my work reflects that," she
Services for Frazier
will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McFarlin Methodist Church
in Norman. She
was preceded in death by her