Hughes Curtis (1904 - 1972)

Hughes Curtis was born in Springville, Utah in 1904. Primarily a self-taught sculptor, he was part of the ongoing tradition of the realistic school of western American sculpture. He died in 1972.

Curtis lost his leg in an accident when he was a boy. By the time he was nine, he had learned to carve his own crutches. He also carved wooden guns, animals, and whistles. Two famous Utah artists mentored Curtis; the sculptor Cyrus Dallin, a Springville native, and Howard Kearns, a Utah painter.

Curtis established one of the earliest bronze foundries in Utah.

Biographical information adapted from the Springville Museum of Art.

Hughes Curtis