Bradford Graves Sculpture Dedication
Bradford Graves (July 26, 1939 – April 16, 1998) was an American sculptor, musician, and teacher who lived in Kerhonkson, NY. On August 30, 2017, his widow, Verna Gillis, graciously donated one of his limestone sculptures “Stuttering His Own Bent III” to Ellenville Regional Hospital. Steven Kelley, CEO, gave tribute to Graves, celebrating and honoring the life of this artist. Graves primarily worked in stone and possessed a deep and unyielding fascination with archaeology and all things of the earth. Although most comfortable with a chisel or pencil in hand, Graves was also a writer who articulated his thoughts in essays on sculpture, stone, the creative process, and the human condition. He studied at several art schools and universities, later becoming faculty as well, and also traveled extensively. The inspiration that gave rise to Bradford Graves’ work continues to emanate from his large body of sculptures, drawings and digital prints. Ellenville Regional Hospital would like to thank Verna Gillis for her generous donation. For more information on the life and work of Bradford Graves, please visit the artist's website.
Verna Gillis has also created a sculpture park in Kerhonkson in Graves’ memory, showcasing over 200 of his works. For more information, click here.