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 Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations

March 3, 2005

Nationally renowned sculptor to present program at Union

Victor Issa

LINCOLN—Victor Issa, sculptor and Union College graduate will present a live sculpture program entitled “Testimony in Clay” at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. During the unique 45-minute delivery, Issa will transform a life-size clay sculpture of the head of Jesus to depict several stages of His life. The depictions will include His ministry, suffering and crucifixion, resurrection and second coming. A brief video, full narration and musical selections will accompany the sculptural program and provide a powerful telling of the story of redemption in an unforgettable way.
        Over the past six years, Issa has been invited to present this program across the United States, as well as overseas. The attraction of this offering is the combination of its appeal to art lovers as well as those seeking to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Gospel.
        Issa graduated from Union College with a degree in art education in 1980 and began his sculptural career in 1984. Life-size and larger bronzes of his creation are collected publicly and privately around the world. Public monuments include “The King is Coming,” a composition of 12 life-size figures depicting the second coming of Christ that is permanently installed at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Silver Spring, Md.
        Issa is also co-founder and president of the Loveland Sculpture Group, which hosts the largest outdoor sculpture event in the country, attracting more than 300 artisans and art enthusiasts from around the world.
Admission to “Testimony in Clay” is free. A free-will offering will be taken to help defray the costs of the program. College View Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 49th and Prescott streets. For more information contact the Union College Alumni Office at 402.486.2503 or Issa’s Web site at